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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the magnificent Liveship Traders series.

The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory.

Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki.

Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war, against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour, and also among themselves. If the city is to survive, Ronica Vestrit must unite all its peoples - both Trader and Tattooed - and liberate the city once and for all; but Companion Serilla has a different agenda, and is seeking to establish her own power base. Althea and Brashen are finally at sea together, sailing the liveship Paragon into pirate waters in a last-ditch effort to rescue the Vestrit family liveship, Vivacia, stolen by the Pirate king, Kennit; but there is mutiny brewing in their rag-tag crew; and in the mind of the mad ship itself....

Wintrow has liberated She Who Remembers and she can at last fulfil her ancient purpose, but in doing so he has been terribly injured. If Wintrow dies, Kennit fears that Vivacia will lose her fragile sanity: a loss that will also threaten his dreams of power and glory. So he strikes a deal with the ship. And soon the waters around the Vivacia are seething with giant serpents, following the liveship as it sails to its destiny.

Majestic and sweeping, Ship of Destiny concludes the tale of the Vestrit family and their part in the history of The Liveship Traders with a soaring and triumphant finale to this unique series of epic fantasy.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A truly extraordinary saga… the characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea. If Patrick O’Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this.” ( Booklist)
“A wonderful book, by a writer at the height of her abilities” (J. V. Jones)

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Great story, didnt enjoy the narration.

Really enjoyed the story (as always with Robin Hobb) however glad not to have to listen to this narrator anymore. Tired if every sentence ending with a sigh and dreading any sentence ending with the letter 'r'.

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Excellent story - worth persevering

In other reviews of books in this trilogy I've said that I have difficulty enjoying this narrator however in this final book I was able to enjoy the story without noticing her style. Probably I've gotten used to her. I would still recommend this trilogy though as it is a great part of the overall story.

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Excellent fantasy book

Fantastic story, had to keep turning sound up/down due to narrators huge voice tone changes though!

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in-depth and intricate story

such a good story to listen too
so many characters weave in and out of each other and the way that fate plays a role is awesome. haven't finished it yet but one hell of a story so far

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  • MJ
  • 02-02-2021

AMAZING story.

An absolutely amazing story. very disappointed with the narrator. I had to listen to it speeded it for one, and her voice almost had the ability to ruin one of my most favourite books of all time. almost. Please listen to this amazing author. I just hope at some stage they get re-narrated.

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Good Read/Listen

If you’re this far into the series than you’ve got to like it! Although I noticed that about 13:28 minutes into Chapter 19, there is a glitch in the reading and it cuts out briefly

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Amazing, don't let narrator turn you off

One of the best books I have listened to. Put speed to 1.2x and the narration is much better.

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Brilliant

Robin Hobb is a masterful writer and this is an excellent conclusion to the trilogy

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did a ghost narrate this?

seriously she sounds like she is doing her best ghost impression every time there is dialogue. i hate it

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Another high quality Hobb

Robin Hobb can do no wrong, another sensational series that I've read multiple times.

The narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters to life and is an engaging reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2019

Incredible ending to the triology

Im amazed by the skill used to tie all strings together in this last book seemlessly. The narrator grew (on me maybe) over the three books and the performance in this last one was very impressive. Acting out the dialoges and matching feelings to descriptions with accuracy. I can tell both the author and the narrator has a passion and skill to deliver this product flawlessly. Thanks!

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  • Sharon
  • 16-09-2018

Not for the book, but the narrator!!

This narrator is appalling! I mean seriously appalling. She reads with no intonation other than elongating the last word of every sentence to extraordinary length. Then the voices she makes for the characters is just awful, I mean really awful.
Just read the book if you are able, the audio version is unlistenable.

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  • MOISES LOPEZ VALLE
  • 18-01-2022

Un Buen Final

La narración es excelente, no decae en ningún momento. Los personajes siguen siendo tan entrañables como siempre y, aunque puede resultar algo apresurado, el final no deja cabos sueltos y es ameno. Es sin duda una experiencia que recomiendo, sobre todo sí, ya llegados a este punto, no hay muchas razones para no conocer el final de esta trilogía.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-2021

Amazing

Such a satisfying ending to a truly beautiful trilogy, I couldn’t have loved it more! Not to mention that Anne Flosnik does an incredible job at narrating, she is such a perfect choice for this trilogy.
I’m happy to go back to reading the Fitz books now, but I’ll definitely miss these characters a lot!!

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  • Raul
  • 10-01-2020

Incredible book

This book is about coming to terms with past that holds nightmares and living on inspite of that past and building a brighter tomorrow. I really enjoyed the storylines finally coming together in a satisfying ending.

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  • Jaime
  • 13-04-2017

el mejor de la trilogía, y del género

excelente historia, muy sólida narración y con un ritmo casi perfecto. oírlo antes de la trilogía de The Twany Man es aun mejor.

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  • Katrina
  • 20-01-2015

Narrator makes all the difference

Now this is purely a personal view, and many people may have a totally different perception, but for me, Anne's voice nearly prevented me from listening to the trilogy. The first 10 minutes of book 1 and I was nearly up the wall with the swishy voice, just listen to a sample and you will see what I mean.

By the second book I found I didn't notice it most of the time, and by the third book I played a sample for my daughter (in her late 20's) and she exclaimed in dismay that she could never listen this series.

OK, just MHO. The books themselves are so incredibly brilliant that the narrator was worth putting up with.

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  • Jim Sheils
  • 19-07-2014

A thrilling conclusion

What did you like best about this story?

It was wonderful to see how much the characters have grown

Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

The live ships and the serpents were my favourites

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever!

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  • Cherie
  • 04-02-2013

Excellent couldn't stop listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend Robin Hobb stories to everyone. It puts you in another world.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire series.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2015

brilliant!

The story is as compelling as I remember but I think the narrating of it could have been a great deal better. Spoilt it a bit for me

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  • Becks
  • 21-11-2012

Stunning conclusion to a fabulous series!

This intricately woven tale builds slowly to its conclusion in this third instalment. Loose ends start to knit together in a spellbinding finale. Robin Hobb has created one of those worlds that while entirely alien seems somehow right and inevitable as though she has uncovered an idea that existed all along. Excellent narration and a top quality story!

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  • Kelly
  • 08-05-2019

loved reading this book so super disappointed

the author's voice ruined this book for me. read it years ago and I loved it, love everything Hobbs has written but this voice killed it for me. lacking all emotion in her voice making it very dull and over exaggerating some of the crying/laughing parts. cringed throughout and feel it didn't do it justice

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  • Tpb
  • 01-11-2021

listen at faster speed

The story is great, the narration is good as long as you listen at 1.5x speed, otherwise I found it dragged a bit.

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  • M. Huggins
  • 26-10-2021

Great story, poor narration

Having listened to the whole trilogy, I can fully recommend the story, but not the narration - particularly when they break out into song.

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  • Kaytel
  • 14-10-2020

Perhaps the best of the six books so far!!

Another brilliant book in the Faseer and Liveships series. I have rarely read such a brilliant story, so intricate and so subtle in its interweaving plots. When I have reach the end of the series, I shall read this book again. The narration is also very impressive and so right for the story - I was enthralled!!!!

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  • MR LEWIS-GEORGE NASH
  • 29-06-2020

Excellent ending for the trilogy.

This book brings everything together and all the weaving plots are revealed and completed while still leaving the possibility of future stories.
I found this story although seemingly about a girl who wants her ship back to be so much more. The plot feels like it is world effecting and the resolutions are really well handled. I believe Robin to be a wonderful writer. Especially character and world building and it's lore.
The history of the living ships is rich and steeped in mysterious rituals and the origins of which add such a different view of the living ships than the one you begin with.
The narrator was excellent for the whole trilogy and did both male and female voices very strongly. The characters all had their own voice and you could tell who was speaking without being told. very impressed.
One the whole I found this trilogy top notch and have rated it so. It was engaging and the ending did not disappoint. I personally never felt this series dragged and thought the plotting and pacing excellent. The first book set up the characters and the world. The second book expands on the first while introducing more lore and weaving the stories together. This third book then brings everything together all the characters and plots for a stunning conclusion to a brilliant trilogy. I will definitely be reading more Robin Hobbs in the future and I hope to hear more from Anne Flosnik too.

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  • Anna Bobak
  • 17-04-2020

Robin Hobb - thank you

Thank you for helping distract me from this crazy Covid crisis ❤️

Anne Flosnik reads it all beautifully

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-2019

Great End of a Trilogy

I would say that I am veracious reader and listener and get through a few books/ Audio books a week. I have eclectic tastes which range from Jeffrey Archer to Stephen King, My main genres are Fantasy and Sci-fi.

The end of this Trilogy was fantastic I felt that the characters really came to there full development and I am excited in seeing them crop up in future books.

Great addition to the series.

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  • livingstone
  • 07-05-2019

loved it

Gripping story, well rounded characters and some romance with Dragons! Narrator easy to understand and builds tension.

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