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I started Mad Ship , the second in the trilogy, at the end of February and completed it in early May. It makes me take frequent breaks from the story and thus a longer time to read it. I keep returning to the story, helped along by my buddy read with Emily at Embuhlee liest. Meanwhile, the sea serpents who follow sailing ships struggle to remember their history and return to their place of transformation.
When I think back to events that occurred at the beginning of this novel, I think of them as having taken place in the first book, Ship of Magic. There will be spoilers for this book and the others that came before it. I also think her writing and storytelling has improved since the Farseer books and, of course, I love how much the world has broadened in this and how much more complex it has become.
Apart from the worldbuilding and the characters, I also love this story because the females humans and serpents are the heroes; they are the major characters in this story. They are the ones who are brave and are willing to sacrifice all to save their family. I like how the story and history of these beings are weaved throughout the story. For much of the first book, I thought the serpents would be plot devices to cause difficulty for Kennit and the other sailors.
But the more I read, the more interested I became, especially when we learn how a liveship is made and why they are an abomination rather than a miracle.
What the liveships are made from is pretty interesting, which is why the release of the dragon is one my favorite parts. By the way, I read an article or listened to a podcast, I forgot , where Hobb said that the serpent-dragon cycle was inspired by dragonflies.
Blood remembers. Blood recalls not days and nights and events. Blood recalls identity. I keep looking for reasons why he has such a name. Unlike the other ships, Paragon has somehow freed himself from this bond.
Kennit has beguiled Vivacia into sympathizing with him, almost falling in love with him, and have thus turned her into a pirate ship. Transporting slaves in her holds deeply affected her, but their deaths and later the slave uprising that led to a massacre on her decks forever marked her.
The quote above, said to Wintrow as she recalled the night of the slave uprising, stood out to me because of the emotion in it. Vivacia felt powerless to affect or change what was happening to her. It was as if that night she was raped. She has developed much since then and has grown very close to Kennit because he has taken care to nurture and show his appreciation of her, but I do wonder if she will be willing to break her attachment to Kennit when Althea arrives.
Wintrow is still one of my least favorite characters, though my interest in him went up a peg when he freed the serpent trapped on Others Island. But that occurs toward the end of the book so for much of it, I was annoyed with him and his references to Sa and trying to figure out himself. Despite him growing fonder of Kennit, I do like how his character has developed.
By the end of this book, his regard of Kennit has greatly changed. But unlike Vivacia, who has fallen in love with Kennit, Wintrow now reveres the man and has become one of his greatest advocates. I also wonder if he will survive his injuries and tell Vivacia who, or rather what, she really is. How will the liveships act when they learn what they are? Another conflicted character is Malta. By the end of this book, she is a mature young woman who bravely ventures into the unknown to seek help for her father and family and to placate the being that haunts her betrothed dreams.
Ronica I respected but was upset with because she gave the liveship to Kyle, and Keffria never stands up for herself, even to Malta. However, this changes as the story progresses and again character development won me over. I respect Ronica even more and since starting Ship of Destiny, she has become a favorite. She is such a strong woman. Keffria has gone up a notch in my liking. I mean, who exactly is she?
Where is she from? I was tempted to look her up, but then decided against it. I prefer to look at the clues throughout the story, or at least I think they are clues. This book is obviously connected to the Farseer ones, or so I think, therefore a character from that book is in this one.
I like this guessing, kinda. Which sounds like the Fool at the end of the Farseer books after he had matured some and got some color in his skin, hair, and eyes. Uh huh. You will have to decide what things are most important to you, and preserve those things.
You must accept allies who share those values, and not be so suspicious of them. Can settings be considered characters? I consider Bingtown a character because it has a personality and also develops, like the other characters. The Satrap is lame and someone needs to clout him about his head to teach him some sense. I seriously wonder what will become of him. As for Davad Restart, I think he got what he wanted in the end.
Living without his family was torture and he found it hard to restart ;. It was slow, but I plodded through it and am glad I did. Great world building and character development and ending, which left me eager to start the next book. No break between books this time. I have not read any Hobb and I would love to start someday.
I have heard many say The Liveship id her best. Like Like. Like Liked by 1 person. The only Hobb series I have completed is the Rain Wild Chronicles about the river dragons and I loved it — apparently, it also has lots of ties to the Liveship Traders series so this is definitely on the list at some point! I love this trilogy so much and, like you, I hated Malta for most of the first book and was so surprised when I started liking her. I hope you enjoy the final book! I thought her character development would be more dramatic because she was such an unlikeable character, but I like how subtle it was.
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Wintrow Wintrow is still one of my least favorite characters, though my interest in him went up a peg when he freed the serpent trapped on Others Island. But really, though. Amber could be the Fool. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading I have heard many say The Liveship id her best Like Like. I certainly recommend it. You might be spoiled for some parts of this series then.
Mad Ship (Liveship Traders Series #2)
Aboard Vivacia, Kennit is dying, but Wintrow gets the courage together to cut off the infected part of his leg, and Kennit agrees to try. He's starting to bond with the ship, and the operation makes the bond much deeper. It's not quite clear which one changes the other more, but Vivacia starts to believe in Kennit even as Kennit seems to start to believe that he's actually trying to do good in becoming King of the Pirate Isles. And Wintrow comes to believe in Kennit as well. Kennit imprisons Kyle on the secret isle where his mother lives in seclusion.
The Mad Ship
I started Mad Ship , the second in the trilogy, at the end of February and completed it in early May. It makes me take frequent breaks from the story and thus a longer time to read it. I keep returning to the story, helped along by my buddy read with Emily at Embuhlee liest. Meanwhile, the sea serpents who follow sailing ships struggle to remember their history and return to their place of transformation. When I think back to events that occurred at the beginning of this novel, I think of them as having taken place in the first book, Ship of Magic. There will be spoilers for this book and the others that came before it.
The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb