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.
Wizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds.
But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship, fashioned from wizardwood, can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? Rare and valuable, a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening, as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried on deck in his death-throes. Althea waits for the ship that she loves more than anything else in the world to awaken. Only to discover that the Vivacia has been signed away in her father’s will to her brutal brother-in-law, Kyle Haven. . .
Others plot to win, or steal, a liveship. The Paragon, known by many as the Pariah, went mad, turned turtle and drowned his crew. Now he lies, blind, lonely and broken on a deserted beach. But greedy men have designs to restore him, to sail the waters of the Rain Wild River once more....Continua
cool! another great job by Mrs. Hobb!
the characters are incredibly real: i was able to hate, despise, love or like each of them in a very short time (i hate Kyle and Malta; i do not trust Kennit at all; i definitely take the side of Althea and Wintrow; i appreciate a lot Amber and Paragon; i wish Ephron did not die; i'm glad Torg did; i think i've fallen in love with Brashen).
the magic of the liveships is fascinating, the bond they are able to create with a family member is one of loyalty and respect, something i could long for.
the magic people of the wild river are as mysterious and concrete as they need to be to arise curiosity and affection. i look forward to reading more about them and about the Vivacia.
Another great book by Hobb. Captain Kennitt is the original Jack Sparrow. I will be beginning the second book immediately.
Very good - it's fatassy, but there are no elves or goblins. No wizards, no swords. Yay.