The Ship of Magic is part of the elderlings realm story arc, the books that are in this trilogy are Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny. The books are set during the red ship war and is based in the trade town of Bingtown. The Ship of Magic introduces all the main characters and you follow the trade adventures of the liveship Vivacia. Whilst reading Ship of Magic I did struggle to find themes, it wasn’t until the very end of the book I realised that the main theme is consequence(s).
The main set of characters you get to know are the Vestrit trader family who are Ronica who is married to Ephron, they have two girls called Althea and Keffria is married to Kyle and they have three children called Malta, Wintrow and Seldron. Ephhron owns a liveship her name is Vivacia. A liveship is special sailing boat which is made out of wizard wood and once quicken it moves faster than a normal sailing boat. The boat also requires a family member on board as it has a personality and emotions like a human being. Besides Vivacia, you are introduced to other liveship’s and they are Paragon and Ophelia. The antagonist characters in the Ship of Magic are Captain Kennit, Sorcor and Etta. Other characters include Rain Wild Traders, Brashen and David Restart.
I found this book hard going, for some reason I didn’t grip to the story or to the characters it was curiosity that kept me reading to the end, I wanted to know what happened next. One explanation for finding the book hard going is that it could of been the wrong type of book to read straight after an epic tale of Fitz’s adventures and I found the Ship of Magic flat. However, it is interesting to learn about the different part of the Six Dutches and how the red ship war effected that part of the land. Whilst reading Fitz’s story arc, Bingtown is often mentioned in conversations and you do wonder what the place is like and it’s people. The writing style is easy to understand and descriptive, similar to other books Hobb has written. I am aiming to read the other books in this trilogy in the future, at this present time I have got other books I want to read/review
“One must plan for the future and anticipate the future without fearing the future” pg 14
Next to be read are the Rain Wild Chronicles, I am aiming to read to all the other books that are in the Elderling story arc before the Fitz and the fool trilogy new book is out which is 2017
Have you read this book? I am interested to know your thoughts did you find it flat?