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As Bingtown slides toward disaster clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit branded a traitor searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against a momentous threat Meanwhile Althea Vestrit unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family continues her perilous uest to track down and recover her liveship the Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit Bold though it is Althea's 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 the Vivacia and all who love her including Althea's nephew whose life already hangs in the balance

10 thoughts on “Ship of Destiny

  1. says:

    455 starsA satisfying conclusion to the Liveship Traders trilogy and at the same time it also made me super excited to start Tawny Man trilogyShip of Destiny marks the conclusion to the Liveship Traders trilogy the second out of five subseries in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series and this was overall a satisfying conclusion I really have to give this praise to Robin Hobb Having read six books and one novella so far whether I love it or not mostly love I found all her stories to be unpredictable The book is filled with—once again—amazing characters developments political turmoil dragons and a few great nautical battle scenes In addition to that there are a lot of revelations to secrets that were hinted ever since the first book; everything was resolved with no loose ends and the book also shed light on what to come in the future series I almost absolutely loved reading this one there were a few things I disliked which I’ll get into later but first let me dive talk a bit about the characters in this trilogyI’ve praised Hobb on her characterizations strength in all my review of her books so far and I envisioned you’re going to see this as an occurring event Hobb is seriously superb in developing her characters especially in this trilogy Almost every single character ended up playing a role that gave the story its own charm and none of the characters in this trilogy ended up the same way from their first appearance; I mean it every single character has gone through their own battle and struggles that changed them for better or worse I had a problem with the serpents' POV in the first and second book they felt completely unnecessary but in here it all finally made sense why they were necessary The only character that remains the same was Amber and there’s a special reason for thatThere’s this phrase that’s used countless times in many novels especially in YA fantasy “she’s unlike any other woman” which ironically makes the female characters mentioned the exact copy of all the other woman that received that description However I can assure you that Malta seriously deserves the title of “unlike any other woman” This character’s growth from the first book to the third book is a coming of age tale at its finest She grew from a highly spoiled brat and one of the most despicable characters I’ve ever read into one of the most interesting characters in the trilogy And then there’s the liveship Paragon which I can’t stress highly enough how happy I am reading his story line and background One final thing on the characters Hobb seriously isn’t afraid to make her characters suffer “When you fear to fail you fear something that has not happened yet You predict your own failure and by inaction lock yourself into it” Hobb has spent a lot of time building towards the last 250 pages and it was really worth it The moment of convergence where all the characters that have been spread out across the continent throughout the trilogy finally meet each other were rewarding to read This made the last 250 pages of this book incredibly compelling to readI did felt this book was a bit too huge for its own good Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind reading a tome I absolutely loved and finished Oathbringer 450k words in five days and I still wanted from it But there were at least 100 pages here where Hobb repeated things that have been stated This was evident in the first 300 pages of this book during the Bingtown political discussions right now I don’t even remember half of the discussions that were discussed there because they felt like like fillers and it did became tedious after a while I've mentioned this in my previous review and I still think that Serrila’s POV was pointless in my opinion It can be cut off completely and it won’t affect this trilogy at all Having read up to this point though I guess I’ll just have to accept that Robin Hobb has the tendency to ramble and being wordy whether it’s her own fault or the editors I have no idea These are all just minor issues I had though the second half and Hobb’s prose than made up for these cons and the ending was fantastic Otherwise these issues I stated would've been a gigantic problemFor those of you who are wondering if you can read this without reading Farseer or not you absolutely can if you want There’s one major character from the Farseer trilogy that’s here but if you haven’t read Farseer you probably won’t know it’s him that’s all you’ll miss However if you’re willing to read Farseer I strongly recommend to finish the first two book and see how you feel about it first If you don't like it just read a summary of the third book Assassin’s uest on Wikipedia It will save you a HUGE amount of time and believe me that book deserves to be skip finishing that one almost made me give up completely on Robin Hobb and this is coming from someone who actually enjoyed the first and second book in the trilogyOverall The Liveship Traders is still a marvelous and satisfying trilogy to read it’s so much better than the Farseer trilogy in my opinion Also I’m now super eager start Tawny Man which from what I’ve heard is the most highly praised trilogy written by Robin Hobb and I will definitely do that after one or two book break I highly recommend this trilogy for anyone who loves epic fantasy with a lot of characters POV and well written characters’ developmentPicture My copies of Liveship Traders Series review Ship of Magic 455 stars The Mad Ship 45 stars Ship of Destiny 455 stars Liveship Traders 1315 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. says:

    Ship of Magic Realm of Elderlings #6 Liveship Traders #3Great series with a phenomenal concept Robin Hobb come with was absolutely fascinating to read Really enjoyed this seriesI'm content

  3. says:

    Omg I love this trilogy so much And yeah I freaking cried 😫Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. says:

    “Do you not see how strange and wonderful that is? That all history balances on an affair of the human heart?” Well this was a bittersweet storyHobb started this right from the end of Mad Ship and we saw all the story arcs going in farther away from each other instead of converging at least initially I was frustrated how all the story arcs were taking their on sweet time to reach the conclusion but once I finished reading this I couldn't help but marvel on how beautifully she brought everything together Once again I will talk about characters that impressed me the mostParagon beats every other character to be my favorite of the trilogy I didn't like him initially after all he was a mad and a brooding ship with a bloody history to tell Here not only he told the dark secrets from his past but also made us how at heart he was still a child and how he's connect to another child So much happened on his deck; murder rape abuse you name and Paragon has seen it all and yet he is still capable of forgiving that one person who cheated him in the end for someone else It was heartbreaking to see them together one last time Once again Malta made it to my favorite list That girl never cease to amaze me When all hope was lost she did something that not only saved her but also redeemed the whole of Bingtown and Rain Wilds It was because of her that we got to know the secret of Livships But her journey in this book was not so flowery it was full of hard work constant disrespect and taking care of self obsessed man And she did it all Every time I thought yup she's going to give up and jump the ship but she came back strongly and won my heart Last but not least Kennit I hated him but I also could not help myself and pity him I hated what he did to Wintrow Etta and Althea How he deceived Paragon I wanted to strangle him in that moment but could not The story of who he was who he is now and what he wanted to be made me tear up His was the darkest saddest and ugliest story Hobb was not kind when she told us about Kennit It was at times uncomfortable to read on but I guess that's what made Kennit such a complex character And then there was Tintaglia in all her glory She was magnificent and one of the most important character of this book I loved her but then who doesn't love dragonsIt was an amazing story and I had a great time reading it I will definitely be recommending it to friends

  5. says:

    I loved the ending of this because everything was resolved perfectly and at the same time the events have far far reaching conseuences These will no doubt affect the Six Duchies This made the ending so strong for me because I couldn’t wait to read I couldn’t wait to see how far Amber has and will shape the world in accordance with her prophecies It’s all about the dragons ' The magic behind all this slowly began to reveal itself across the trilogy and finally in this book it was released The revelation of what drives the liveships was completely bizarre but as the novel progressed it became clear how well established this outlandish idea was It’s all so strange and wonderfully accidental The magic system is very well thought out to say the least If someone would have told me when I began reading that this weirdness was behind it I would have laughed But Hobb is the master of her craft; she makes the impossible magical she makes it real “One does not need the size of a dragon to have the soul of a dragon”I found myself liking Paragon and as the series developed He initially appears as a sullen brute who is about to explode with unbridled rage But the ship has a massive backstory He’s a victim a big one He has been abandoned and defaced; he has been used and mistreated However Amber saw into the depths of him; she saw what lurked behind his wooden exterior and she gives him the most ultimate gift Unsurprisingly during the process she pays great homage to her greatest friend and biggest love Such a fool see what I did there It all came together in the end ^^ I love this picThe climax was everything it needed to be The characters all had one big clash at the high seas and in doing so Hobb expanded her fantasy universe tremendously The importance of a group of serpents which I initially perceived as insignificant became abundantly clear They’re so central to Hobb’s magic I always wondered why they were so drawn to the boats In retrospect it’s all rather obvious But when I was reading I was rather dumbfounded I wonder how the rest of the world will feel when they find out if they find out “Do you not see how strange and wonderful that is? That all history balances on an affair of the human heart?”Malta is perhaps the character that will go furthest in this Excluding Amber of course Her path has been intertwined with that of the dragons Her development was wonderful; she went from an annoying brat to someone with real character she grew up Some of the other characters had semi predictable endings With her it was fairly surprising Overall this was a good ending to a good trilogy I’m looking forward to seeing how Hobb uses elements of this in later books The Liveship Traders 1 Ship of Magic A seafaing 35 stars 2 The Mad Ship A tumultuous four stars 3 SHip of Destiny A cresting fours stars

  6. says:

    This series was an experience for me I immersed myself in it at a time when there was a ton of time on my hands and I am glad I did The large sprawling books ended in this finale and it was a fitting ending Loose ends that floated through the series began to appear and draw tighter and tighter together as this story reached its conclusionThis author knows how to end a series well It’s one thing to end a story well another to end a book well and entirely a different thing to end a trilogy well especially one as massive and variegated as this one was Hobb is the master of this craft She has a delicate balance of action dialogue and characterization that caused me to become invested in the story and importantly to me in the charactersThis is one of those series of books that I will think about for many years to come There have been time periods of my life that a song or a movie will seem linked to these books will always remind me of these December and January days The characters in this novel feel like real people that I will miss the headstrong Althea treacherous Kennit lovesick Reyn the impulsive Malta the matriarchal Ronica One of the surest signs of a writer’s talent is in the way the characters change by the end of a story and the way those changes intertwine with the themes both major and minor These characters all change and grow in ways that are significant to the plot and to one in another which also lends the feel of authenticity to this book The culture and setting also changes in ways that relate to the overall plot development as well as to the minor storylines that wind together like fibers into a rope becoming part of a larger world The unusual elements of this author’s fantasy world are blended in at a consistent and recognizable pace At no point did I feel as if information was being dumped on me nor was I confused by a lack of details or made to feel as if the story was being dragged thin This book was large and it needed to beThe ending is perfect for a series this large 55 stars for sure

  7. says:

    “When you fear to fail you fear something that has not happened yet You predict your own failure and by inaction lock yourself into it” A great conclusion there is absolutely nothing I would change except that it was longer that epilogue was way too short This book tied all loose ends from the first two books what I adored most was how the sea serpents evolved its one of my highlights of this book Another is how the Liveship were made that is another shocking revelation I love it when a book surprises me in a good way “Do you not see how strange and wonderful that is? That all history balances on an affair of the human heart The characters were also awesome I love them all even wicked Kennit and spoilt Satrap Cosgo every character in this book got what they deserved Of course they did not deserve the bad things that happened to them especially Malta and Althea despite all their flaws they deserve I felt bad and hated Serilla at the same time “It doesn't work that way Silencing memories does not make them stop existing Events cannot be undone by forgetting them” I love how all the other characters developed especially Keffria she became a strong and independent woman Brashen is ever so strong and noble do not even get me started on Reyn I loved him from the first time he made an appearance in the series Selden lovable Selden made of an appearance in this which was awesome Wintrow is back to being strong and optimistic which is what I most about him Nothing is uite so destructive as pity especially self pity No event in life is so terrible that one cannot rise above it I need not say but the writing and world building is as great as ever

  8. says:

    Another stunning trilogy by Robin Hobb How I loved the characters They are so vivid and real Althea and Brashen are to fall in love with Im no big fan of pirate tales but Robin Hobb just enthralls me I just had the best start of the morning by finishing this book Woke up before 8 am on a day off Decided to read the last few pages fell asleep last night on the couch and there were cookies next to mehealthy start of the dayIm still convinced everyone should just read Robin Hobb There isnt much to review it all speaks to its fantastic self

  9. says:

    I don't know when I was last so gripped by a story I absolutely loved it

  10. says:

    This one is going down as one of my favourite fantasy trilogies Without a doubt This review contains some spoilers of book 1 and 2Part of it is very typical Robin Hobb after 6 books I’m allowed to say that right? she makes characters so incredible real they become existing people I’ve said it before but it’s just really true they become people for you to love or loathe But it’s also remarkable how mean she is to them all she sends them through hell leaves them there without food or drinks and then kindly asks them to walk back barefoot Mean meanThere is however one thing she does in this trilogy she didn’t do in the previous one; for this one she took a trick of the fantasy writers tool box multiple point of view characters with storylines that are all coming together Not one ‘catalyst’ but a whole family of them I thought the general world building was very well done The serpents dragons elderlings pirates enough mystery to keep you on your toes until the very last chapterSafe to say that i loved this trilogy It just has all the elements right Well developed characters check Marvelous world building check Solid writing check Enough tension to keep you going check A few unpredictable twists check And so onI want to end this review with Paragon While I’m typing this I have Mumford and Sons playing in the background a CD obviously if they would be live in my living room I wouldn’t be typing and this song reminds me of him Now I'll be bold as well as strongUse my head alongside my heartSo take my flesh and fix my eyesThat tethered mind free from the lies memories In my mind I see Paragon waiting all those years on the beach for someone who will push him back into the winds Someone to restore him to former glory And at last the waiting is over Paragon is sailing again and I loved every second of it