…. in which we are introduced to the Liveships Paragon, Vivacia and Tarman, their captains, soul mates and crews, the Pirates that ply the Cruel Shores, and the city of Jamaillia – home to the high priests of Sa and Jamaillia’s ruler, the spendthrift Satrap, and spend more time with the Bingtown Traders, in particular the Vestrit family, and learn more of their history and connections with the Wild River and its folk.
I’ve already crossed paths with some of these characters in later life, in the Rain Wild Chronicles. In some ways it’s nice to know how their futures pan out, without knowing how or why; and means there’s lots more to learn about Kennit and Ella, the three generations of Vestrit women, Winthrop and Brashen, and Amber in the next two novels in the Livership Traders Trilogy: The Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny.
Hurrah! I’ll be hot footing it back to Shoe Lane library to borrow those….
Author’s page: Ship of Magic – Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders 1)