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The Complete Liveship Traders Trilogy: Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny

The Complete Liveship Traders Trilogy: Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny
Robin Hobb

'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. MartinThe Liveship Traders trilogy returns readers to Robin Hobb’s most loved world.The perilous waters of the Rain River Wilds can only be negotiated by a sentient liveships made of Wizardwood, but a such a ship is difficult to come by. Rare and valuable, it will quicken only when three family members from successive generations have died on board.The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening as Althea Vestrit’s dying father is carried on to her deck. Althea waits with both sadness and awe for the ship that she loves more than anything in the world to awaken, only to find that her family have other plans for them both…Liveship Traders Trilogy by international betselling author Robin Hobb.

The Liveship Traders Trilogy

Robin Hobb


This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.


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Ship of Magic First Published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 1998 Copyright © Robin Hobb 1998

The Mad Ship First Published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 1999 Copyright © Robin Hobb 1999

Ship of Destiny First Published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 2000 Copyright © Robin Hobb 2000

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Praise for The Liveship Traders series:

‘Even better than the Assassin books. I didn’t think that was possible’


‘Robin Hobb writes achingly well’


‘A wonderful book, by a writer at the height of her abilities’


‘A beautifully balanced story’

Manchester Evening News

‘It’s been a long time coming, but there’s a fantasy writer in our midst who’s doing something serious with a genre that deserves a lot of the cynicism directed its way. Always fascinating, its seriousness is balanced by an epic backdrop of events’


‘Put together with exceptional skill, deployed on a grand scale’


Table of Contents

Title Page (#ue68278f7-54f4-54d9-a12b-97d6b5944758)

Copyright (#ud7ca619f-ecfe-5529-9235-360c5125007f)

Praise (#uc1382755-f141-5827-9a1f-9b42d85650ca)

Ship of Magic (#u3b7bba3e-a003-5393-82df-4653814dff9e)

The Mad Ship (#litres_trial_promo)

Ship of Destiny (#litres_trial_promo)

Keep Reading (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

Also by Robin Hobb (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Publisher (#litres_trial_promo)

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