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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.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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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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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loved reading this book so super disappointed

the author's voice ruined this book for me. read it years ago and I loved it, love everything Hobbs has written but this voice killed it for me. lacking all emotion in her voice making it very dull and over exaggerating some of the crying/laughing parts. cringed throughout and feel it didn't do it justice

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Great story!

Took me a while to get used to the narrator but eventually I overcame her abruptness

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Stick with it

I’d read the books before and listened to the previous audiobooks. When I got to the Anne Flosnik narrated ones I hated her reading style. But I’ve just finished the series and loved her by the end. She really brought the characters to life.

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Great

definitely worth a listen! a great conclusion to the livehship trader series, I thoroughly enjoyed it

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Not a fan of the Narrator

The narration put me off quite a bit. Story wise, for all 3 as a whole, darn good and entertaining and deeply emotional and detailed like a good fantasy story should be. I do, however, much preferred the Assassin's Apprentice in that it focuses on the main character a lot, at first, in detail, before branching out to others. I also preferred how that story took its royal time before anything magical was introduced, and then only slowly. With the liveships, it was too much too soon, for me. Too much suspension of belief was asked for too soon. But maybe that's just me. The characters, and their development in the Liveship books is excellent, complex, engaging and believable.

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What a finish!

This series gets better and better!

I can say that I’m finally used to the narrator.

If you had to push me, I think this trilogy surpasses the first.

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listen at faster speed

The story is great, the narration is good as long as you listen at 1.5x speed, otherwise I found it dragged a bit.

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Great story, poor narration

Having listened to the whole trilogy, I can fully recommend the story, but not the narration - particularly when they break out into song.

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  • 20-07-19

Incredible ending to the triology

Im amazed by the skill used to tie all strings together in this last book seemlessly. The narrator grew (on me maybe) over the three books and the performance in this last one was very impressive. Acting out the dialoges and matching feelings to descriptions with accuracy. I can tell both the author and the narrator has a passion and skill to deliver this product flawlessly. Thanks!

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  • Sharon
  • 16-09-18

Not for the book, but the narrator!!

This narrator is appalling! I mean seriously appalling. She reads with no intonation other than elongating the last word of every sentence to extraordinary length. Then the voices she makes for the characters is just awful, I mean really awful.
Just read the book if you are able, the audio version is unlistenable.

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  • MOISES LOPEZ VALLE
  • 18-01-22

Un Buen Final

La narración es excelente, no decae en ningún momento. Los personajes siguen siendo tan entrañables como siempre y, aunque puede resultar algo apresurado, el final no deja cabos sueltos y es ameno. Es sin duda una experiencia que recomiendo, sobre todo sí, ya llegados a este punto, no hay muchas razones para no conocer el final de esta trilogía.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-21

Amazing

Such a satisfying ending to a truly beautiful trilogy, I couldn’t have loved it more! Not to mention that Anne Flosnik does an incredible job at narrating, she is such a perfect choice for this trilogy.
I’m happy to go back to reading the Fitz books now, but I’ll definitely miss these characters a lot!!

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  • Raul
  • 10-01-20

Incredible book

This book is about coming to terms with past that holds nightmares and living on inspite of that past and building a brighter tomorrow. I really enjoyed the storylines finally coming together in a satisfying ending.

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  • jaime
  • 13-04-17

el mejor de la trilogía, y del género

excelente historia, muy sólida narración y con un ritmo casi perfecto. oírlo antes de la trilogía de The Twany Man es aun mejor.

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  • Katrina
  • 20-01-15

Narrator makes all the difference

Now this is purely a personal view, and many people may have a totally different perception, but for me, Anne's voice nearly prevented me from listening to the trilogy. The first 10 minutes of book 1 and I was nearly up the wall with the swishy voice, just listen to a sample and you will see what I mean.

By the second book I found I didn't notice it most of the time, and by the third book I played a sample for my daughter (in her late 20's) and she exclaimed in dismay that she could never listen this series.

OK, just MHO. The books themselves are so incredibly brilliant that the narrator was worth putting up with.

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  • Jim Sheils
  • 19-07-14

A thrilling conclusion

What did you like best about this story?

It was wonderful to see how much the characters have grown

Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

The live ships and the serpents were my favourites

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever!

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  • Cherie
  • 04-02-13

Excellent couldn't stop listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend Robin Hobb stories to everyone. It puts you in another world.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire series.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both