Review: Ship of Destiny – by Robin Hobb

076023-FC50Synopsis: The dragon, Tintagila, released from her wizardwood coffin, flies high over the Rain Wild river. Below her, Reyn and Selden have been left to drown; while Malta and Satrap attempt to navigate the acid flow of the river in a decomposing boat.

Althea and Brashen are finally at sea together, sailing the liveship Paragon into pirate waters to rescue the Vestrit family liveship Vivacia, who was stolen by the pirate king, Kennit; but there is mutiny brewing amongst their ragtag crew, and in the mind of the mad ship itself. And all the while the waters around the Vivacia are seething with giant serpents, following the liveship as she sails to her destiny.

Title: Ship of Destiny
Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Voyager
Pub Date: 5th March 2008
Pages: 903
ISBN: 9780007459742

Rating: 4stars

An epic end to an epic trilogy. Ship of Destiny is a brilliant ending to the Liveship Trader series.

These are pretty hefty books, you’d expect a lot to happen within those 900 odd pages but I honestly didn’t expect that much to happen. Hobb perfectly balances constant action with atmosphere and a surprising amount of detail. Her depiction of Tintagila was astounding, I could imagine almost reaching out to touch her whilst reading (which would have been delightful entertainment for everyone else on the train, I’m sure!).

There’s not much I can saw without spoiling the entire trilogy so…

Paragon, best ship ever.

Brashen, my new fictional crush.

Reyn, my new fictional weird crush.

Malta, about ruddy time!

Satrap, want to hit him.

Robin Hobb is now quite easily one of my favourite fantasy authors. I’ve enjoyed every single book of hers so far and have already lined up The Tawny Man trilogy to read next.

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