Liveship Traders

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769 ratings

Ship of Magic Publisher's Summary

Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence. But the fate of the Vestrit family---and the ship---may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Ship of Magic

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,097
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,763
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Takes a little getting used to

    • By Stan on 10-20-12

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    From the author of the classic Farseer trilogy, Ship of Magic is the first part of the Liveship Traders. Set in a land bordering the Six Duchies, Robin Hobb begins her epic of pirates, talking ships, magic, sea serpents, slave revolts, dashing heroes and bloody battles.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying Voice

    • By Nicola Beveridge on 08-19-14

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 2

    • Mad Ship

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

    As the ancient tradition of Bingtown's Old Traders slowly erodes under the cold new order of a corrupt ruler, the Vestrits anxiously await the return of their liveship - a rare magic ship carved from sentient wizardwood, which bonds the ships mystically with those who sail them. And Althea Vestrit waits even more avidly, living only to reclaim the ship as her lost inheritance and captain her on the high seas. But the Vivacia has been seized by the ruthless pirate captain Kennit, who holds Althea's nephew and his father hostage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2 starts to bring it all together.

    • By Lore on 07-26-13
    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 08-11-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666 ratings

    Regular price: $45.49

    • The Mad Ship

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 34 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just love Robin Hobbs work but not this narrator

    • By marilyn on 03-02-13

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 3

    • Ship of Destiny

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something altogether new

    • By Lorena on 06-06-12

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Ship of Destiny

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the book, but the narrator!!

    • By Sharon on 09-16-18

    Regular price: $28.77