Ship of Destiny

Ship of Destiny

by Robin Hobb

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ISBN-13: 9780007459742
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication date: 04/28/2012

About the Author

Robin Hobb is a pseudonym of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (who also writes as Megan Lindholm). She is best known for the books set in the Realm of the Elderlings, which started with the books in the Farseer trilogy—Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest. This led to three additional trilogies, as well as the Rain Wild Chronicles (including Dragon Keeper & Blood of Dragons). She has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

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Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
GLTurner1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent series. Loved every book in the series, and the characters of Captain Kennit and Paragon, as well as their relationship to eachother, are very , very deep and profound. WOW.
JahaRa More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole Farseer, LiveShiop saga and think Robin Hobb is one of the better fantasy writers of the ages. Her characters are well developed, she can write well in both 1st person and 3rd, and the story is wonderful. This was a great end of a middle of a great series.
liveshipvivacia More than 1 year ago
The good: I quite enjoyed seeing references to Fitz and the changes wrought in Paragon. The dragons taking precedence was stunning, but not unwarranted. I also appreciated the romantic entanglements and the ability to hate a character for about thirty pages and then sob hysterically over his death. The characterization is, as always, superb. The bad: That being said, perhaps because I read the three books together, with only one book in between the second and third, it was far too long. The pacing, in certain parts of the book, was atrocious. I had to set myself a goal in terms of reading just so I could get through the book in a reasonable time. Don't get me wrong- I wanted to know what happened, but the pacing was so slow, I had to force myself through. I've heard the Liveship Traders are not as good as the Assassins' series (nor the Tawny Man trilogy). I look forward to seeing if that's the case, but for now, I'm taking a break from Robin Hobb. I need to read a book that takes less than the sum total of 2100 pages (if we consider the trilogy actually one book) to reach its conclusion. The Nook edition contained a couple of typing errors (one capitalization problem and one spacing), though nothing terribly distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say I had a hard time getting into this series, and only gave it a second chance because I loved the Farseer trilogy so much, and I’m glad I did. This series just got better and better the more I read it!
Narilka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic ending to a series. Ship of Destiny picks up where Mad Ship left off and never slows down. There are some interesting character twists. In the end it was all tied together nicely. Easily my favorite in the series.
littlegeek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, hmmm, I really loved this trilogy for a lot of reasons. Great worldbuilding, well-drawn characters, many exciting plot elements. But I have to say, I wasn't all that enthralled by the ending. A bit contrived getting them all together, and I found it distracting having various characters have little personal quiet reflective moments or yet another psychological discussion in the middle of a battle scene. She should really read some Patrick O'Brien before doing another nautical book.My main criticism with the series is that the characters discuss things to death. Often after they have already demonstrated what the discussion is about. Show, then don't bother telling. Definitely worth a read for the dragons alone. Mostly I hate dragon books because authors seem to think they should be like fluffy bunnies or horsies or something, but these dragons are reptiles and very alien. Cool.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the same universe as the 'Farseer' books, and just as good. A unique twist of where the ships' powers come from.
dulcibelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like the way Hobb builds worlds and sure hope she revisits this one soon. She tied up all the loose ends, so I don't feel like I'm missing anything, but I like these characters and this world, and would love to see how things work out down the road.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For reasons explained in my review of Assassin's Quest, I was disappointed with the ending of the Farseers trilogy. I came to Hobbs second trilogy (writing under this name, anyway) with hope that the Live-Ship Traders saga would offer a more satisfying conclusion. If anything, I would have to say this was even worse. Again, there were plenty of things to like about Hobbs' trilogy in general and this book in specific (which is set in a neighboring region of the same world as the previous trilogy). It's an intriguing world, with interesting characters (human and not-human), following multiple plot lines that seem to be heading towards a dramatic conclusion. The only problem is that the conclusion falls flat; indeed the gathering of all the major characters for the climactic naval battle felt so contrived as to be almost farcical. So, after reading Hobbs' first two trilogies, I would say both started strong and showed glimpses of an obviously very talented author, but neither offered a compelling or even satisfying conclusion. Being a glutton for punishment, I have no doubt that I will eventually pick up her newer Tawny Man series to see if she finally got an ending right for that one.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked how things worked out in the end. Some of it may have tied up just a little too neatly, but I don't think what caused things to happen to the characters was out of, well, character for them. I did find the abrupt changes in the personality of several of the characters a bit of a stretch. However, extraordinary circumstances do cause extraordinary things to happen, and one of them, at least, did revert to a degree once the opportunity presented itself.Overall, as I said, I liked it, and enough that I stayed up late nights reading instead of sleeping. I plan on reading more books by the same author (although perhaps not right before I go to bed).
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final volume of the Liveship Trader series.This was a wonderful, engrossing book. As other reviewers have mentioned, Robin Hobb plots very, very well. All the storylines finally converge in this final volume, and man do they come together beautifully! There were certain things I saw coming a mile off, (particularly the mysteries surrounding Paragon), but others came as a complete surprise. And through it all, very little felt forced. Hobb does a beautiful job of placing these characters into situations, then letting events unfold as they will. Even though the reader knows that she, as the author, must be pulling the strings behind the scenes, it rarely feels as though she's doing so. Everything flows smoothly and organically, and the characters continue to grow and change along the way. It's just wonderful.Highly recommended. I found the first book a tad iffy in places, but this one and Mad Ship more than make up for it. Now that I'm finished, I actually miss everyone! Highly recommended, but start with the first book, (Ship of Magic), so everything has its proper impact.
abatishko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an outstanding conclusion to a great series. It is amazingly well crafted, and I'm very impressed with how the pieces all come together in the end. Robin Hobb has a talent for giving you a story where anything might happen, and what usually does happen might be unexpected, but is always very satisfying. This book has a great sense of things coming full circle in a way that is satisfying rather than cliched. 5/5
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
The whole trilogy was excellent, the storyline and interwoven characters so original. This book was so intense and such a fitting end. I loved it.
Sunny-and-Ben More than 1 year ago
I love Robin Hobb's fiction. This is a good example of great writing. You'll love it.
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Was glad I purchased these 2 books together because when I finished book #2 I could start #3 right away!!. The storyline is well written, you can identify with the characters even with the Liveships. Robin Hobb makes all her characters real and believable. If you want fantasy, adventure, love-story and a thriller all wrapped into one read this trilogy.
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