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Publisher's 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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jaime on 04-13-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Katrina on 01-20-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-26-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Becks on 11-21-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By J. Allsopp on 02-26-16

Excellent story - worth persevering

In other reviews of books in this trilogy I've said that I have difficulty enjoying this narrator however in this final book I was able to enjoy the story without noticing her style. Probably I've gotten used to her. I would still recommend this trilogy though as it is a great part of the overall story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-10-17

Great story, didnt enjoy the narration.

Really enjoyed the story (as always with Robin Hobb) however glad not to have to listen to this narrator anymore. Tired if every sentence ending with a sigh and dreading any sentence ending with the letter 'r'.

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