Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

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.... From Goodreads.

This was a really good book with a lot going on. We are following the liveship Vivacia and all that is happening on her, the girl Althea, the pirate Kinnit, the family Vestrit back in Bingtown and also a tangle of serpents.
This book is the first of a trilogy and I will definitely be reading the next two book at some point in the future and I will look into her other fantasy series.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Serious Readers 2013
Tower Teams Read 2013-2
2013 Ebook Challenge
NBRC Stuck in a Rut
TEA & BOOKS Reading Challenge 2013
2013 Mammoth Book Challenge

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