Robin Hobb returns to the sea with Mad Ship, the second book in a projected trilogy set in the same world as her famed Farseer series. Many unresolved questions from Ship of Magic are answered in this tale of sea serpents and dragons; living ships made of wizardwood; the Bingtown Trader families who sail the ships; and their disfigured cousins, the Rain Wild Traders, who build them.
Vestritt family's liveship, Vivacia, has been taken by Kennit, an
ambitious pirate. Captain Haven is a prisoner; his son Wintrow, who
bears the Vestritt blood, finds himself competing with Kennit for
Vivacia's love as she becomes a pirate ship. Althea Vestritt, in
training to become Vivacia's captain, arrives home to discover her
beloved ship lost. Brashen Trell, her old friend and shipmate, proposes
that they sail to Vivacia's rescue in the liveship Paragon, who has lost
two previous crews and is believed mad. Malta, Althea's niece, seeks
help from her suitor, the Rain Wild Trader Reyn, whose family is the
Vestritt's major creditor. Meanwhile, the sea serpents who follow
sailing ships struggle to remember their history and return to their
place of transformation. From Goodreads.
I read the first book in this series over 2 years ago but it was fairly easy to get back into and I remembered most of the characters without a problem even though there are quite a few. The book being called the Mad Ship I would maybe have liked there to be a bit more about it but there was a lot of different story lines we had to follow so I guess there was no room for more.
One of the things I really like is the change in Malta in the end of this book, I am looking forward to see what that leads to in the next one.
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