The second volume in this superb trilogy from the author of The Farseer trilogy continues the dramatic tale of piracy, serpents, love, and magic.
Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.
Beyond Bingtown, enigmatic wood-carver Amber dreams of re-launching the Paragon, The Mad Ship, despite the history of death and despair that surrounds him. Secrets will be revealed - secrets forgotten by sea serpents, hidden by the disfigured Wild Rain Traders, buried deep in wizardwood coffins - secrets with startling, dramatic consequences.
©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics” (The Times)
“Assassin's Apprentice:A gleaming debut” (Publishers Weekly)
“Assassin's Quest: 'Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy” (Locus)
“Robin Hobb writes achingly well” (SFX)
“Praise for The Liveship Traders series: 'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible” (George R R Martin)
“Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.” (Guardian)
I have great difficulty enjoying her narrations. It is obviously a personal preference, however the Robin Hobb stories she narrates are worth listening to as they add greatly to the overall storyline. I did eventually become used to her style of narration and could immerse myself in the story. Still at times her unusual style distracts.
A great yarn. I originally skipped the Mad Ship & Rainwild trilogies, choosing to follow Fitz and The Fool through all the stories they appeared in. So the Mad Ship trilogy was a step back in sequence for me. I've really enjoyed the added knowledge they have given me. Some of the characters are excellent and the story itself is fascinating.
I love this story. Robin Hobb is an amazing storyteller with vivid settings and multifaceted characters.
I know some people don't like this narrator but I liked her lilting accent and calm voice. Her character voices were excellent and she made each one unique and recognisable.
I highly recommend this one!
"Just love Robin Hobbs work but not this narrator"
This narrator seems to hang onto words particularly at the end of sentences. I will certainly
listen to series 2 but could wish for a different narrator.
"The Epic Continues"
The Restoration of the Paragon.
No it is too big
Just as good as Ship of magic
"Love the story, not sure about the narration"
I knew I would enjoy the context of the story from looking at the description, reading other reviews and talking to a friend. What I found particularly enjoyable was the complexity of the characters in this fantasy novel, the way that all characters have depth and mixtures of pleasant/interesting/unpleasant characteristics. I found the narration difficult. When I first started listening it sounded like 'text to speech' with perfect diction and monotony. I still enjoyed listening but I would have greatly preferred a more natural speech rhythm with more lively inflection.
I read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the lives of the characters. I can't wait to start the 3rd book
"Fantastic gritty series"
A real treasure of fantasy this series is a gripping tale of human endurance through austerity with eerie and compelling machinations of non-human relics. Narrator's intonation is a bit odd at times but well done.
"Much better than the first in the trilogy"
The second book is much better than the first so I am looking forward to the next!
What a wonderful experience!! It's taste to be moved so much by a fantasy novel.
"Assassins Quest family"
An enjoyable if undemanding listen, following on from the first Assassins Quest trilogy. Fills in useful detail before tackling the Fools Quest series.
"Robin Hobb is simply amazing"
As with all her books Robin Hobb is the master of suspense, intruige,fantasy and political skulduggery. An amazing listen. i couldn't wait to get to the end. if you are thinking of reading the live ship trilogy i would suggest a read of the Rainwild triology first. if only to enjoy wave after wave of excitement as the penny drops and the realization of who the elderlings are falls into place.
"If you can get past her voice, the story's great."
Not Bad. But I wonder how they choose the readers.
Her reading sounded slow and drawn. unlike the fella reading the next 3 books in Robin Hobb's series, She was not ear friendly, so to speak.
I don't know as only have audiobooks
The re-launching of the moody old ship
it compares favoribly with other books of hers
Its too long to listen to in one sitting
I have the whole set of these terrific books and am not yet half way through them, I will be sorry when this adventurous story ends.
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