Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb has been sitting on my to-be-read shelf for about seven years. Its eight-hundred or so pages turned my eye a few times, as did the knowledge that ‘The Liveship Traders’ trilogy wouldn’t be revisiting Fitz from ‘The Farseer’ trilogy. I still wanted to read it, though, and I’m glad I did.
There are three principle characters in Ship Of Magic. Althea Vestrit is the youngest daughter of a trader family. She has been sailing the family’s liveship since a young age and fully expects to inherit the captaincy when her father passes away. His death will be the one that quickens the family ship, bringing the wizard wood hull and figurehead to life. She’s not eager to see him pass, however, and when he sickens, she chafes beneath the authority of her brother-in-law, Kyle Haven, who not only usurps the role of captain, but plots to relieve her of her inheritance. Continue reading “Review: Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders) by Robin Hobb”