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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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 .

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loved it!


this live ship Traders series had an amazing climax. Robin Hobb is one of the greatest authors right up there with George RR Martin. her characterization really brings the story to life. You feel like you're living it.

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Story was detailed and kept my interest

The main issue I had with this audiobook was the narrator. She read the story as if she was in a Vincent Price movie. Her vowels were elongated as well as endings of words. It was like nails on a chalkboard, and now, at the end of the trilogy, I fear 2 things: that she will be narrating another trilogy by Hobb and that I shall now need to take a break before I read my next planned trilogy, Tawny Man. I also felt that the personal relationships in this trilogy belonged more in a romance novel than this genre.

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Amazing!

I have been listening to Robin Hobb's books for a little while and this was by far my favourite so far. I think Anne Flosnik does a great job narrating and I just had the hardest time putting these books down. The whole Liveship Traders series is amazing and so well written. But this book specifically had me fall in love with characters that I hated in the previous books.

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wonderful performance by Ms. Flosnik!

I have been eager to get back to my book to find out what happens! Well done, Ms. Hobb!

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great book, weird selection of narrator

the narrator is weird, overly emotive and weird pronunciation sometimes, which detracts from the story. good story though.

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there be dragons

I wold have liked a bit more off the ending...needed it to go on but it waa a great adventure! thanks!