Regular price: $45.49

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat.

Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

Bold though it is, her scheme may be in vain. For her beloved Vivacia will face the most terrible confrontation of all as the secret of the liveships is revealed. It is a truth so shattering, it may destroy Vivacia and all who love her, including the boy-priest Wintrow Vestrit, whose life already hangs in the balance.

Spend some more time with the Liveship Traders.
©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"One has to use a jeweler's loupe to find a flaw or a dull moment in this splendid conclusion to one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium." (Publishers Weekly)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    780
  • 4 Stars
    362
  • 3 Stars
    90
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    7

Performance

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    626
  • 4 Stars
    288
  • 3 Stars
    93
  • 2 Stars
    28
  • 1 Stars
    13

Story

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    705
  • 4 Stars
    256
  • 3 Stars
    65
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    6
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 10-15-13

Wraps it all up nicely.

This is a fairly easy book to recommend because if you are reading this review then chances are you found the first 2 books entertaining. Know that this is the best of the three and you can pick it up without hesitation. If you haven't read the first 2 books then you should not start here as many things will not make sense to you.

Overall I enjoyed the series, especially the story surrounding the dragons, wizardwood, and the live ships. It was definitely interesting and unique fantasy fare. The first book started a little slow and introduced many disjointed story threads. The second book picked up the pace and started to bring the threads together. And finally, the third book converged all of the story lines to end an age and usher in a new one. It all concludes nicely at the end so continuing on to Robin Hobb's next series about the Rain Wilds is purely optional.

Anne Flosnik is still the narrator and her performance here is consistent with the first 2 books.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Something altogether new

I have read a lot of fantasy in my time and it is rare to come across a story that is truly original. The world Robin Hobb has created in this series is unlike any I've seen, the magic is subtle and the characters are alive. After reading the Farseer trilogy (also by Robin Hobb), I couldn't wait to get my hands on more of her books. This one was as good, if not better. The characters Robin creates are real people, they don't always behave the way you expect them to, they make mistakes and they evolve based on what has happened to them. None of the characters are completely good or completely evil, and they don't fit into classic stereotypes.
This series is actually placed in the same world as the Farseer trilogy and there are a few subtle ties to that story (which is fun if you've read it). If you find you like Robin Hobb's style, you should really consider listening to her works in order. Each trilogy stands alone, but is made better if read in the right order. Start with the Farseer trilogy, next is the Liveship Traders, then the Tawny Man, and finally the Rainwild chronicles. If on the other hand, you are only going to read one set...read this one. It is impossible to stop listening until you've reached the end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Enjoyable but slightly technically flawed

Ann Flosnic continues the tale with consistency and is convincing in her portrayal of the various voices. The editorial performance had a couple of hitches.
In chapter 26 of the audiobook, chapter 9 in the book, a whole three sentence paragraph is missing. In my trade paperback it is page 351, fifth paragraph from the bottom.
Please fix it and provide an update.
Later in the narration the is a repeat, which isn't as jarring and distracting

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Entertains on so many levels

At once a morality tale, a fanciful adventure, and a great escape from reality. Robin Hobbs doesn't skimp in building her characters who do not remain static but are allowed to learn and grow. Of course she contrasts these with a certain group who usually suffer from hubris and forces the story into unexpected consequences .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

WOW!

Wonderful book, it kept me on edge of my seat in suspense and anticipation.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

a wonderful series

well told story. I would recommend these books
highly.. first book seams slow but it takes a great deal of time to set this story up.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

noooooo

it's already over and I just want more. the book is spectacular!!! I couldn't ask for a more intriguing storyline.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • MichaelA.
  • Arden Hills, MN, United States
  • 10-24-17

I knew better

*SPOILER AHEAD*

Repetitive terms, she wouldn't have used a word for hundreds of pages, then she would use that word twice in 2 consecutive sentences. I make an effort to not do that in a simple text. Pointless, meandering chapters that do nothing to further the plot. Just a pile of pointless words. EXTREMELY annoying characters I couldn't wait to get away from. I think there was one character I liked but then she was raped and we spent hours and hours of a fantasy novel dealing with that instead of flying on dragons and slaying bad guys. As if there isn't enough literature out there to depress us. If you're gonna tackle heavy subjects like that, at least have the honesty to let us know. Maybe name the book something like, "ship of destiny / how to emotionally deal with rape through magic" . I hate that I felt like I had to finish this series. I swear this is the last time I read Hobb. There was a paragraph or two somewhere in there that overused the word "her". That would have been annoying enough in print, and not disparaging this narrator too much, but I can't get her repetitive pronunciation of "her" out of my head. Her her her her her..... In summary, I strongly recommend giving this book a pass. If you want dragons, go read the first half dozen Pern books. Look to the classics if you want ships and pirates. Sorry Robin. I'm sure you're a lovely person and worked very hard on these books, but they just weren't for me.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great story.

Great story with imaginative plot full of intricate details. Outstanding characters that tore my heart.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Unforgettable characters

Loved this series. A new and exciting fantasy trio. The character development is extraordinary. These people stay with you.
The only detractor was the serpent dialogue. It seemed repetitive.
Narrator was challenged with so many characters to voice. I think, that in trying to make each stand out, she may have overdone a few.
But overall, highly recommend.