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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Hobb Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Liveship Traders Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not a huge fan of ships and ship-lore, and some of the characters were quite distasteful (especially when shown from their point of view - Malta and Kevin come to mind), but the mystery of the Rain Wilds is offered up as a tantalizing tease and the main characters only get more well rounded and compelling as the book went on. After a somewhat lackluster start I am practically frothing at the mouth to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/9/2014

    " Good enough to make me check the next one out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gayla Bassham | 2/7/2014

    " I liked the FitzChivalry books a lot, but if this first book is any indication, this series is even better, ranking right next to Game of Thrones. The characters are really interesting, not cliches--I particularly enjoy Wintrow--and even Kyle Haven has some sympathetic moments. The plot is compelling, and the setting--well, I have a thing for books set aboard ships, and if it is a magical living ship made of something called wizardwood, that makes it all the better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Autumnmoon | 1/30/2014

    " The first third of Ship of Magic feels bogged down in exposition, which is understandable considering that it's the 800-page first novel in a trilogy. Once all the groundwork has been laid, however, the plot picks up steam and the characters really come to life. I'll definitely finish the Liveship Traders trilogy, but given the heft of the books, it'll take me a while to do it! "

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