Ship of Destiny – Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb
Ship of Destiny – Robin Hobb

The last of the Liveship Traders trilogy. I found it slower going than most other Robin Hobb novels, and had to persevere through the politics.

The return of the Lords of the Land, Sea and Air and other transformations were more satisfying –  Malta’s from shallow, self-centred teen into smart negotiator and survivor, Selden’s from a shadowy presence into Tintaglia’s articulate courtier, Etta’s from whore to Queen, Wintrow from would-be priest of Sa into ship’s captain, Paragon from Mad Ship to whole ship (with a familiar face), and more – Alethia and Brashen, Ronica and Keffria, Kennit and Reyn, Traders and Rulers, they all change.

Ship of Destiny sets things up nicely for the Rain Wild Chronicles, which I’m now tempted to reread.

Author’s page: Ship of Destiny – Robin Hobb

Slade House – David Mitchell

Slade House - David Mitchell
Slade House – David Mitchell

Every nine years, atemporal twins Norah and Jonah lure an engifted to Slade House and consume their soul.

Each chapter comes with its own character – from musical mother and son Rita and Nathan Bishop to Dr Iris Marinus-Ferriby, via unreconstructed Detective Inspector Gordon Edmonds, shy student Sal Timms, and her sister Freya – and brings another encounter between the two sides of the Atemporal Schism, in the ongoing battle between the two David Mitchell introduced us to in The Bone Clocks.

Publisher’s page: Slade House – David Mitchell