The Mad Ship

The Mad Ship[Epub] ❧ The Mad Ship Author Robin Hobb – Bluevapours.co.uk The Farseer trilogy continues the dramatic tale of piracy, serpents, love and magic The Vestrit family s liveship, Vivacia, has been taken by the pirate king, Kennit Held captive on board, Wintrow Ves The Farseer trilogy continues the dramatic tale of piracy, serpents, love and magic The Vestrit family s liveship, Vivacia, has been taken by the pirate king, Kennit Held captive on board, Wintrow Vestrit finds himself competing with Kennit for Vivacia s love as the ship slowly acquires her own bloodlust Leagues away, Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship The Mad MOBI :✓ Ophelia, but she lives only to reclaim the Vivacia and with her friend, Brashen, she plans a dangerous rescue Meanwhile in Bingtown, the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the Rain Wild Traders And just outside Bingtown, Amber dreams of relaunching Paragon, the mad liveship Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.

I am shocked to find that some people think a star I liked it rating is a bad rating What I liked it I LIKED it That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me It s a good book that survives the reading process with me If a book The Mad MOBI :✓ is so so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van So a star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it A star means that I ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes A star means I m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book But I want you to knowI don t finish books I don t like There s too many good ones out there waiting to be foundRobin Hobb is the author of three well received fantasy trilogies The Farseer Trilogy Assassin s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin s Quest , The Liveship Traders Trilogy Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny and the Tawny Man Trilogy Fool s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool s Fate Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman s Crossing Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over yearsIn addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand childrenShe also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award She has twice won an Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Readers Award.

The Mad Ship PDF/EPUB î The Mad  MOBI :✓
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 906 pages
  • The Mad Ship
  • Robin Hobb
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 0006498868

10 thoughts on “The Mad Ship

  1. Petrik says:

    A wonderful sequel filled with spectacular characters development but unfortunately, it had a few pacing issues.Plot wise, I honestly don t have a lot of things to say about The Mad Ship Same as the first book and pretty much all Hobb s books that I ve read so far, character developments and relationships took the utmost priority here There is nothing wrong with it, in fact, I loved it most often than not However, there are a few pacing issues with this book that made me deduct my rating Le A wonderful sequel filled with spectacular characters development but unfortunately, it had a few pacing issues.Plot wise, I honestly don t have a lot of things to say about The Mad Ship Same as the first book and pretty much all Hobb s books that I ve read so far, character developments and relationships took the utmost priority here There is nothing wrong with it, in fact, I loved it most often than not However, there are a few pacing issues with this book that made me deduct my rating Let it be known first that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hobb s prose, even when some of the POV s felt tedious and unnecessary, I found them enjoyable to read due to how great Hobb s writing is The fact that I finished reading this 900 pages tome within four days should be evident enoughTomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays Nothan that And no lessThe pacing issues I had for this book were caused because of the new character, Serilla, and also the returning serpent s POV Serilla as a character just bored the hell out of me, she faced a lot of hardships but it all happened way too fast before her personality was fully fleshed out yet and it made my empathy towards her completely desensitized As for the serpent s POV, it s the end of the second book already and their POV remained super vague and weird to read These are minor issues though, I can t shake the feeling that Hobb is using this book just as a solid foundation for the rewarding conclusion of the trilogy.The Mad Ship explore the previous characters relationships and personalities eventhan before, this is especially true for Captain Kennit, Wintrow, the Liveships, and Malta the results were absolutely terrific Captain Kennit is a very complex character, I really should hate him but I just can t He did a lot of questionable things but at the same time, he also did a lot of great things even though almost all of them happened for the wrong reasons Other than him, it was a pleasant experience reading about every characters development, this is pretty much Hobb s main strength as a writer However, my biggest praise will have to go towards Malta Malta is probably one of the biggest surprises in character development I ve ever had in literature Reading the first book, it shouldn t come as a surprise when I say that I absolutely despised her with every beat of my heart, and that s still true for the first half of this book Then came the second half of the book where Hobb improved her personality realistically and seamlessly, it was in a word, amazing Also, I have a feeling that one of the characters in this trilogy is actually a character from the Farseer trilogy, I can t be completely sure yet but at this point, I m really sure it s himLove isn t just about feeling sure of the other person, knowing what he would give up for you It s knowing with certainty what you are willing to surrender for his sake Make no mistake each partner gives up something Individual dreams are surrendered for a shared oneThere are also several revelations towards the serpents, the liveships, the Rain Wilds, the dragons that bring evenrich detail towards the world building in Hobb s books It s pretty obvious that Hobb withholds tons of the remaining revelations for the third book and I hope it all will leads towards a satisfying and rewarding conclusion to the trilogy.The Mad Ship is a great sequel with very rich characters and world building developments It s too bad that it s also afflicted with the infamous middle book syndrome but if the third book managed to make all the preparation in this book worthwhile, The Liveship Traders has a chance of becoming one of my favorite trilogy of all time You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I m really loving this trilogy Mel

  3. Em Lost In Books says:

    The Mad Ship picked up right where Ship of Magic ended so I didn t have to wait much before I found myself between the action And by action I didn t mean the pirate battles or some wars but the planning and plotting to win a LivShip s heart Hobb did a wonderful job with every story arc that she gave us in first book but here I will talk about my favorite ones i.e Malta, Kennit, and Paragon Malta was the character I hate to love but she changed herself so much here that it was hard for almost The Mad Ship picked up right where Ship of Magic ended so I didn t have to wait much before I found myself between the action And by action I didn t mean the pirate battles or some wars but the planning and plotting to win a LivShip s heart Hobb did a wonderful job with every story arc that she gave us in first book but here I will talk about my favorite ones i.e Malta, Kennit, and Paragon Malta was the character I hate to love but she changed herself so much here that it was hard for almost half of the book that this was the same arrogant, cunning, vile, and proud girl I met in first book The change in her was so drastic For a long time I thought she would changed her colors and be back to same cruel girl but it never happened and with each chapter she paved her way in my heart and it was so hard to hate her I know she was naive and manipulative but here she showed a depth in her character and understanding of things which some people would say beyond her understanding Kennit is a work of art, he beat Malta in manipulation by leagues He was making everyone on his ship doing things he wanted them to do all the while making them think that he was giving into what they want All the while he was keeping his secrets hidden from every one else, his motives and his darkest desires I hated him and yet could not stop marveling at how he turned the tide in his favor One moment he was on the door of death and bam in the other he was the pirate king The crippled god who would save the slaves from their cruel masters But no one knew how ambitious he was and he would not think a moment if he had to kill everyone to achieve his goal Paragon was introduced in the Ship of Magic and I kept wondering why he was given a PoV when he did nothing but stand on the shore of Bingtown and behave like some mad man And perhaps that s why he was called a mad ship, yes now you know where this book got it s title From refusing to sail again to going on a quest which was a lost cause even before it started Paragon was not a character that I liked initially but he slowly grew on me and there were many times in this book where he revealed some painful secret from his past which left me sad Definitely a very good middle book though slow at times it was slow but in the end I am happy how events in this book made way for the finale

  4. Gary says:

    This series has drawn me in These books came along at a perfect time in my life I have had a chunk of downtime from work, and I have become totally immersed in these characters and this world I am surprised I didn t discover this author long ago, but I am also glad They say everything happens for a reason and maybe it s true The timing of my running across this series and the way it worked together with my life has been an amazing experience This author s ability to create living and brea This series has drawn me in These books came along at a perfect time in my life I have had a chunk of downtime from work, and I have become totally immersed in these characters and this world I am surprised I didn t discover this author long ago, but I am also glad They say everything happens for a reason and maybe it s true The timing of my running across this series and the way it worked together with my life has been an amazing experience This author s ability to create living and breathing characters that grow, change, betray, love and die is perhaps unparalleled It reminds me of my early days in reading long, in depth fantasy books like Jordan and Goodkind, both of which appeared in my life and left indelible stamps on a time frame Much the same way as a song can bring nostalgia and can perhaps remind me of a relationship or an era of my life, there have been books or even a series of books that have been able to do this for me as well This is one of those series The characters have demanded my undivided attention in order to get the full meaning of the events in their lives and their complicated relationships, which is why I am glad this came along when it did The books are long, and the next one is nearly 1000 pages I am both glad and slightly intimidated This series reminds me of why I love to read The immersive world, characters that feel absolutely real, and conflicts that wind and twists through multiple settings and contradictions are making this not just a read, but an experience. These characters are multi faceted containing both good and evil, selflessness and selfishness, truth and lies, andthey are much like us.5.5 stars even though the rating system doesn t go that high

  5. Sean Barrs says:

    I m really starting to like Captain Kennit he s such a rogue in a most fortuitous situation He now has control of the ship Vivacia Who would have though it He just seemed to be full of false confidence with a heightened sense of unjustified arrogance But, it turns out, he is actually quite skilful He reminds me a little of Jack Sparrow in his deceptive uselessness And now he finds himself competing with his young prot g e, Wintrow, for the love and esteem of the vessel What did you just I m really starting to like Captain Kennit he s such a rogue in a most fortuitous situation He now has control of the ship Vivacia Who would have though it He just seemed to be full of false confidence with a heightened sense of unjustified arrogance But, it turns out, he is actually quite skilful He reminds me a little of Jack Sparrow in his deceptive uselessness And now he finds himself competing with his young prot g e, Wintrow, for the love and esteem of the vessel What did you just say, the love of the Vessel That s right Robin Hobb s ships are alive Just look at the pic Another pirate adventure Despite all their differences, Wintrow learns a hell of a lot form his most unlikely role model Wintrow has gone from a soft, humble, priest of Sa to a hardened sailor he now even has the possibility of becoming heir to the rising power of the Pirate King He has developed a lot, and, in all honesty, I really didn t expect to see him come this far He seemed so physically weak, but Robin Hobb has created a character who has developed so much, that is inner strength has turned into outer fortitude He s so well written like most of her characters Eventually, and inevitably, he begins to clash with the roguish captain who, though using Wintrow for his own ends, has developed a twisted affection for him I guess he sees a lot of himself in the boy However, that is easily overcome by his burning passion to completely possess the Liveship physically and emotionally So, if it means pushing WIntrow out of the way to get his goal, he wouldn t think twice He s a pirate after all He wants a ship that will grant himwealth, reputation and respect This is farimportant to him than his prot g e A very familiar face I was hoping for crossovers with the Farseer trilogy, and I really wasn t disappointed It was great to see what a certain prophet got up to when he wasn t with his catalyst And it was great to see that no matter how far away he is from Fitz, he will always try to remember him and honour him His chapters were some of the most important because, though his actions may appear simple, they have far reaching consequences As always his decisions are powerful and influential even if they re discreet and veiled The emotion is still there though it s always thereTo love another person like that, you have to admit that his life is as important as yours Harder still, you have to admit to yourself that perhaps he has needs you cannot fill, and that you have tasks that will take you far away from him It costs loneliness and longing and doubt andOne day, a day I m looking forward too, all these series will come together Their significance in an overall plot will be revealed Well, hopefully If this is the case, then I love the way this is being done This could quite easily have been a separate fantasy universe but it just wouldn t have been the same This is a good series, but it lacks the power of the friendship that makes the other series so great There is a glimpse of it though it isn t the full feature This is good, but Robin Hobb would have to go a real long way to top what she does best Liveship Traders 1 Ship of Magic A seafaing 3.5 stars 2 The Mad Ship A tumultuous four stars 3 Ship of Destiny A cresting four stars

  6. Deborah Obida says:

    Look forward, not back Correct your course and go on You can t undo yesterday s journey. Even though almost nothing happened plotwise, I love it This book focused mainly on character development and world building I really love the way things are progressing for the characters even though not all are positive, I love that the characters just refused to give up You cannot simply discard parts of yourself because they are painful Acknowledge them and go on. The writing is awesome, Robin Look forward, not back Correct your course and go on You can t undo yesterday s journey. Even though almost nothing happened plotwise, I love it This book focused mainly on character development and world building I really love the way things are progressing for the characters even though not all are positive, I love that the characters just refused to give up You cannot simply discard parts of yourself because they are painful Acknowledge them and go on. The writing is awesome, Robin Hobb s writing style is my favourite thing about her, it compels the reader and draws the reader in, its easy to get in the mind of the characters Her world building is explicit, I love it.The friendship in this book is so realistic, I adore the loyalties and dedication of people to what they believe in, do not even get me started on the romance, that was awesome, I love that it didn t overwhelm the plot Discover where you are now, and go on from there, making the best of things Accept your life, and you might survive it If you hold back from it, insisting this is not your life, not where you are meant to be, life will pass you by You may not die from such foolishness, but you might as well be dead for all the good your life will do you or anyone else. There were some revelations in this book that really surprised me, the whole sea serpents POV now makes total sense I can see how the third book will end What I can t picture is how Jamilia, Bingtown and Chalceaden will resolve their conflict.This book started just where the first book ended, there was no time jump which I enjoyed immensely, I love all the characters in this book, except Kyle Haven which I loathe, I even like hateful, selfish people user Kennit, he s likeable even though he is evil Wintrow is becoming a mature and realistic young man, the naive and optimistic monk is almost done, he us still a good person but life has changed himLove isn t just about feeling sure of the other person, knowing what he would give up for you It s knowing with certainty what you are willing to surrender for his sake Make no mistake each partner gives up something Individual dreams are surrendered for a shared one In some marriages, one partner gives up almost everything she once thought she wanted But it s not always the woman who does so Such sacrifice is not shameful It s love. Althea is also growing up, she is still somewhat selfish but it isn t as bad as before, oh how I love Brashen, despite everything he s been through he is still so good.Malta is now a changed person, gone is the spoilt and selfish brat, life has changed her for the better, and I m loving the new her Rye is a Rain Wilder that I also likeHalf the evil in this world occurs while decent people stand by and do nothing wrong It s not enough to refrain from evil, Trell People have to attempt to do right, even if they believe they cannot succeedRonica, Keffria and Selden and were also in this, they didn t make much contribution Serillia is a new character that I don t know what to make of, for now.Paragon is now my favourite Liveship, Vivacia is getting on my nerves with her new attitude.The plot focuses on the Vestrits trying to get Vivacia back, Kennit trying to win Vivacia to his side and a few other things

  7. Kaitlin says:

    Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read and certainly will be one of the top books of this year so far for me I am so happy that after disliking the final Farseer book I continued on with Hobb s work because this book has sealed her as a fabulous and key writer in the Fantasy genre for me She s a fantastic writer, and I think that the progression between the first trilogy and this one is utterly incredible in the difference This is oncethe continuation of the Vestrit Fa Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read and certainly will be one of the top books of this year so far for me I am so happy that after disliking the final Farseer book I continued on with Hobb s work because this book has sealed her as a fabulous and key writer in the Fantasy genre for me She s a fantastic writer, and I think that the progression between the first trilogy and this one is utterly incredible in the difference This is oncethe continuation of the Vestrit Family and their lives at a time of turmoil and unrest in their community The world that they live in is vast, but their section is called the Cursed Shores and few people travel there In recent timespeople have slowly been trickling into their town and threatening the way that they live and the customs they keep, causing discontent and hatred between the New Traders and the Old Traders Life is fairly simple in this part of the world Usually the women stay home with their children whilst the men go to sea and trade in order to gain money and keep their families afloat The Vestrit family is not exactly normal however because each of the members are their own person, witjh their owl ambitions, goals and flaws One of the best elements of these books is the characterisation that Hobb manages to make utterly and flawlessly believable The characters we meet in these books all feel totally realistic and truly undeniable, and we grow to love and hate, worry over and whine at each of them in turn Ship of Magic is the first book in this series and I gave it a 5 rating and loved every moment of reading it, but this book is 1,000x better I didn t even know that Hobb could weave the elements of a story so well together but she has not only done that, but she did it beautifully and timed each and every revelation and build up so well The writing is stunning and the intensity and realisation of the world is also stunning, Picturing some of the scenes and places within this book is so easy Also, some of the characters are fabulous in the way that they act and speak and many times I found a phrase or section of speech or thought which mystified and amazed or awed me with the depth of thought behind it.This world focuses a lot on Trade and for the best and most efficient Trade having a Liveship literally a Ship which has absorbed the memories of various family members and had become alive from the rain Wild Traders is a great way to travel The ships have their own persoanlities and we get to see them all as they grow and develop with the people surrounding them and the events that they witness or are involved in The nurturing and care of a Liveship is a delicate balance and when too much treachery or devastation comes into play it can harm the ship and make them go mad.Some of the characters who I really enjoyed seeing develop in this book included Malta Vestrit a young, fairly spoilt girl at the start of the series who cares only for material possessions and getting her own way Whilst she was an irritant to begin with she was a convincing character and her tendencies both shocked and annoyed me because of how real she felt As the story goes on however Malta develops a lot and the harsh situation that the Vestrit family find themselves in clearly does affect her and the way that she is able to grow up and change Reyn Khuprus a young man who is a member of the Rain Wild traders Reyn is the first Rain Wild point of view we get to see and in this book he really gives us a fair amount of clues and insight into who the rain Wilds are and what they believe in We get to experience the wonder of their home, the customs they follow and believe and see him face some very difficult choices between what he wishes to do and what he can do Paragon the ship Paragon is known by nearly everyone in Bingtown as the Mad Ship because of how many times he has sailed and killed the crew working aboard him it s clear that many bad things have happened to Paragon and so he seems unstable and unhappy a lot of the time He s a liveship, but he no longer sails because people are afraid of him and very few people want to even go near him, let alone risk sailing him However, despite all that paragon became one of the best characters in my mind whilst reading this because of how funny and sad he could be at times There were moments I laughed at his bitterness and savage insults, and other moments when he would reveal a secret of such sadness I felt like crying for him Vivacia is the Vestrit family liveship who is only a very recently awakened ship Everything she believed would happen before she was quickened brought to life by the memories has been challenged and changed since her awakening and she s stuck in a world of wrongness and savagery which threatens to change her forever She s a young liveship compared to Paragon and so she seasily influenced by the people on board her and in this book she certainly starts to become something other than what she always believed she d be Etta us a whore from Divvytown who is sailing alongside Captain Kennit a pirate She s a character who goes through a lot of growth in this book with the help of one of the Vestrit s and she becomes a much better woman because of the help she gets She s a strong willed fighter and she resents people looking down on her or helping her, but when she does let someone in she s kind and considerate too I enjoyed seeing the way that her personality evolved with a little nurturing and help Amber a woodcarver who has been living in Bingtown and has become friends with Althea Vestrit and the Paragon recently She s a fairly mysterious character and as yet her origins are unknown by the reader, yet she brings new advice and perspectives to the traders and she tries her best to help maintain the old ways of Bingtown Many of the thought provoking writing came from conversations between her and others in the book, particularly Paragon, and I enjoyed that immensely Sirilla a Companion to the Satrap ruler over Bingtown, although much hated there in recent years She s an intelligent and well qualified advisor to the Satrap but when the relationship between Jamaillia Satrap s home and Bingtown start to deteriorate she sees it as her chance to slip from his clutches as she hates the Satrap and run for freedom Things don t end up going the way she had hoped, but she s a resourceful character and she uses her intelligence to ensure a future for herself, however she needs to The Serpents as I said in my last review I was unsure exactly how and where the Serpents fitted into the story and what they meant We see glimpses of their passage as they swim around in search of someone who will help them The story of the Serpents is mystical and magical, and in this book we begin to see all the strands of the various stories coalesce into a great woven story involving not only this book but also elements from the previous Farseer books They became a key interest to me particularly in the later half of this book On the whole everything in this book just worked out so perfectly and so well for me that I couldn t imagine a better story I was hooked, captivated and enjoying every moment of the ride along with the characters We really see them develop, and we believe in them and their actions because of how genuine they feel to us I d highly recommend this series to one and all who love fantasy because there s so many cool ideas and the pacing and plot is brilliant The chaarctaers are stellar, and the book as a whole was fatastc There s still so much to learn in book 3 Ship of Destiny which I have already started as i was too hooked and excited not to and I cannot wait to see how everything with the families finishes up A fantastic 5 although I d give itif I could read and one I highly recommend

  8. Kaora says:

    Another 5 stars for a book by Robin Hobb Shocker I know The Mad Ship is the sequel to Ship of Magic The Vestrit family liveship, Vivacia has been taken by the self proclaimed pirate King, Kennit When Althea discovers that the ship that she should have inherited has been captured, she sets out with Brashen Trell and the Paragon, a ship who has lost 2 crews previously and been beached ever since.There are so many story lines running through this book I m not sure how Robin Hobb keeps them strai Another 5 stars for a book by Robin Hobb Shocker I know The Mad Ship is the sequel to Ship of Magic The Vestrit family liveship, Vivacia has been taken by the self proclaimed pirate King, Kennit When Althea discovers that the ship that she should have inherited has been captured, she sets out with Brashen Trell and the Paragon, a ship who has lost 2 crews previously and been beached ever since.There are so many story lines running through this book I m not sure how Robin Hobb keeps them straight There is the point of view of Kennen, Vivacia, Althea, Brashen her mother, her nephew, her niece The list goes on and on Within these characters a found those I liked and those I hated, but the wonderful thing about Robin Hobb s characters is that they are never static They are changing And one that you hated in one book, could completely be redeemed in another book.I found that this is still the case with this book, as Malta fell into my good graces, and Serilla fell out of them.Great characters combined with the vast world that Hobb has created make these a must read.This is quickly becoming a favorite series, and I can t wait to see what the final book in the trilogy will bring

  9. James Tivendale says:

    Review to follow soon Amber awesome

  10. Choko says:

    4.44 An amazing story, beautiful prose, complex characters, but I feel there could have been about a quarter edited out At least Sometimes I miss the brevity of the writing in the forties and fifties I know thedetail the better chance for the reader to connect with the character, but sometimes less isNevertheless, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series

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