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Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1) (original 1998; edição 2011)

por Robin Hobb

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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.… (mais)
Membro:Krinsekatze
Título:Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)
Autores:Robin Hobb
Informação:Harper Voyager, Kindle Edition, 897 pages
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Ship of Magic por Robin Hobb (1998)

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Fun, dramatic, and mysterious! Like "Pirates of the Caribbean" in a more Fantasy setting with a more complicated and slower plot. The book's biggest flaw was that it really doesn't wrap up many of the storylines. By my count there are seven major plot threads set up in this book, and while two of them brought to a satisfying conclusion the remainder are hanging open and waiting for another book.

By far the best character in this book is its analogue to Jack Sparrow. He's not as silly or witty as Sparrow, the charming, self-centered, and fundamentally evil Captain Kennet is entertainingly forced by his circumstances to do heroic things. By the end of the book he has won the allegiance and even love of a handful of decent people without ever doing anything that wasn't motivated by selfishness, suspicion, and arrogance.

Fun vocabulary in this book:
asperity - Harshness
athwart - From the side of
attar - Essential oil of rose petals
avidity - Extreme eagerness or enthusiasm
bagnio - A brothel
benightedness - Intellectually or morally ignorant
chupped - An onomatopoeic exclamation (to make a sound like "chup")
clew - The lower or after corner of a sail
davit - A small crane on board a ship
lambent - Aglow
marline - A light two-stranded rope
marlinespike - A pointed tool used to separate strands of rope
prate - To talk foolishly or tediously about something
purl - A knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left
shimshay - A two-wheeled open horse-drawn carriage.
sinecure - From Latin "sine cura" meaning "without care", and referring to a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
squamous - Covered with scales
transom - The flat surface at the stern (rearmost portion) of a vessel
weltering - To move in a turbulent fashion
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  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
The book is laying an ok foundation for the when story. Of course I got to write this review when I am almost mid second book.

I wish there were a bit of more clearity on the new concepts included in the book eager than keeping all the new elements almost unknown ( )
  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |
I am hooked on this story now, it starts off a little slow but builds as it goes and now the plot lines are all into high gear. Ready to start Mad Ship, the second of three. ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
Another awesome book by Robin. I can't even begin to try to summarize this book. Suffice to say it's bigger than The Farseer Trilogy. It's very nautical and there are many points of view. The world building and character development is brilliant as usual.
Did I mention there are serpents? Lots and lots of serpents. ( )
  bored_panda | Jan 8, 2021 |
First published at Booking in Heels.

I have actually read Robin Hobb’s first series; the one that starts with Assassin’s Apprentice. It was a while ago and I don’t remember it all that clearly, but I think I was so-so about it. I liked it, but didn’t love it. The Ship of Magic and the Liveship Traders series takes place in the same world but, as far as I can tell, isn’t actually connected in the slightest. I certainly didn’t suffer from having zero recollection of the Farseer trilogy.

There are many different strands and layers to the plot, but the main point focuses on Althea Vestrit and her family’s liveship that has basically just come alive. Three generations of her family have died upon the Vivacia, and so her figurehead has now come alive and has a personality, hopes and fears of her own. The problem is that Althea’s brother-in-law has assumed command and won’t let her anywhere near the Vivacia, leading Althea to run off into the world in an attempt to prove herself.

That’s a pretty great plot all in itself, except there is so much more. So many subplots, and characters, and argh. Pirates, politics, mutinies, inheritances… There is such a lot going on and, unusually, I loved them all an equal amount. I never felt irritated when the focus shifted to a different character or subplot, because each one was fascinating in its own way.

I did not love each character equally, however! They are all flawed people who make mistakes and foolish decisions, and some of them I hated. I can only assume this is intentional on the part of the author, as each character is so real to me that they could practically walk off the page. The Ship of Magic is a very character driven story (although it has its fair share of action as well) and it would not have worked without that perfect balance of qualities within the story’s subjects.

What really made The Ship of Magic stand out for is how I was made to personally feel everything that happened. I was alternately outraged, thrilled, sad and disgusted by/with each of the characters and the events that occurred, and those feelings stayed with me long after I put the book down. I caught myself thinking about it in the shower and after I’d turned the light out in bed. It’s a book you carry with you, even when it’s not open in front of you.

It’s 880 pages long, but it flies by. Every second I wasn’t reading The Ship of Magic, I wanted to be. It’s lengthy, complex and somewhat complicated, but it manages to be in-depth without being heavy, and semi-formal without being boring. It is one of the most engrossing books I have ever read.

I’d bought the next book in the Liveship Traders series, The Mad Ship, before I’d even finished this one. It’s 906 pages long, but I’ll definitely be getting to it soon. In case it isn’t crystal clear, I loved this book. ( )
  generalkala | Sep 24, 2020 |
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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.

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