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Ship of Destiny: The Liveship Traders, Book 3 | [Robin Hobb]

Ship of Destiny: The Liveship Traders, Book 3

The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki. Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour.
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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the magnificent Liveship Traders series.

The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory.

Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki.

Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war, against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour, and also among themselves. If the city is to survive, Ronica Vestrit must unite all its peoples - both Trader and Tattooed - and liberate the city once and for all; but Companion Serilla has a different agenda, and is seeking to establish her own power base. Althea and Brashen are finally at sea together, sailing the liveship Paragon into pirate waters in a last-ditch effort to rescue the Vestrit family liveship, Vivacia, stolen by the Pirate king, Kennit; but there is mutiny brewing in their rag-tag crew; and in the mind of the mad ship itself....

Wintrow has liberated She Who Remembers and she can at last fulfil her ancient purpose, but in doing so he has been terribly injured. If Wintrow dies, Kennit fears that Vivacia will lose her fragile sanity: a loss that will also threaten his dreams of power and glory. So he strikes a deal with the ship. And soon the waters around the Vivacia are seething with giant serpents, following the liveship as it sails to its destiny.

Majestic and sweeping, Ship of Destiny concludes the tale of the Vestrit family and their part in the history of The Liveship Traders with a soaring and triumphant finale to this unique series of epic fantasy.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"A truly extraordinary saga… the characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea. If Patrick O’Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this.” (Booklist)

“A wonderful book, by a writer at the height of her abilities” (J. V. Jones)

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    "A thrilling conclusion"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was wonderful to see how much the characters have grown


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    The live ships and the serpents were my favourites


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    This is one of the best fantasy epics ever!

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    Cherie Bundanoon, Australia 02-04-13
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    "Excellent couldn't stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend Robin Hobb stories to everyone. It puts you in another world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


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  • Book and Game Worm
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    "Robin Hobb is a fabulous writer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ship of Destiny to be better than the print version?

    It is always a different experience listening to the audio book. The reader invariable adds a layer of their interpretation and in this instance I found it hard to get used to the readers voice. She reads with a sligthly overdone theatricality, but I still very much enjoyed the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robin Hobb is a fantastic writer. For me fantasy is at it's best when the author doesn't get lost in creating new rules and creatures, but rather uses the setting to tell a story about real human and their problems. Hobb's characters are deep and well thought of and develop as the story progresses.


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    The story is riveting and hard to put down. One of my favourite books to date


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    "So big!"
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    Like many things in life bigger can be better! This story is huge! so many part woven together. It will test the memory sometimes! My only complaint about this, simple! i want more more!

    This so many stories woven together, one starts and ends, but it all builds up together to make a satisfying story.

    Are there any problems with this. Only one, you find you want to read all of one groups story in one go!


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    "Compulsive - but overlong"

    A mix of adult content in a child like story line. Enjoyable and compulsive - you do need to get to the end of the story despite being overly drawn out . Excellent narration. Easy listening.

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  • Rebecca
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    "Stunning conclusion to a fabulous series!"

    This intricately woven tale builds slowly to its conclusion in this third instalment. Loose ends start to knit together in a spellbinding finale. Robin Hobb has created one of those worlds that while entirely alien seems somehow right and inevitable as though she has uncovered an idea that existed all along. Excellent narration and a top quality story!

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