Ship of Destiny : Liveship Traders

  • by Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • Series: Liveship Traders
  • 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Amazon Customer

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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- Becks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-08-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited