As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city’s inhabitants together against a momentous threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship, the Vivacia, from the ruthless pirate Kennit.
Bold though it is, Althea’s scheme may be in vain. For her beloved Vivacia will face the most terrible confrontation of all as the secret of the liveships is revealed. It is a truth so shattering, it may destroy the Vivacia and all who love her, including Althea’s nephew, whose life already hangs in the balance.
“Always, always I lose faith too easily. By now, I should know better. Death does not conquer. It threatens, but it cannot subdue the future. What must be, will be.”
I absolutely loved the journey Ship of Destiny and Liveship Traders took me on. I felt like I ran the range of emotions. I was scared, I was hopeful, I was happy, I was sad. I just loved the feelings this book instilled in me. I loved the book throughout.
I couldn’t read Ship of Destiny without comparing it to Assassin’s Quest, and I can’t review it without comparing it either. Assassin’s Quest was a slow start, a very, very slow start. Ship of Destiny picks up right after The Mad Ship and it is never, ever slow. Yet, Ship of Destiny also doesn’t have the emotional highs I had in Assassin’s Quest either. I was a fucking wreck reading Assassin’s Quest, while with this I was just wide-eyed and fearful. No crushing despair, though, so thank you Robin Hobb!
The love I have for Robin Hobb and her characters grows with every book of hers I read. The characters I loved, I loved even more. Some of the characters I hated were redeemed, and I’m not certain I can forgive Hobb for doing that to me. Some of the characters I tolerated were vilified, and some I hated, I pitied. Yet always, always, the characters were real. I never once felt like I was reading, I felt like I was experiencing what they were because while I was reading, I was them.
This ending to this trilogy was a one of revelations. I was agog at what I learned. I honestly cannot get over how much I found out in this one book about the entire Realm of the Elderlings. If I found out this much in just this one book, what else is there to learn? What more does my Robin Hobb have in store for me?
This isn’t a book of twist and turns, but it is one for slowly unrevealing revelations. Twists and turns are things that shape the book in sharp angles. That isn’t what happens here. No, there have been hints and slowly unraveling revelations from the very start of the series. They all come together in one grand finale that is Ship of Destiny. Yet there is more to find out, just out of reach. And I look forward to learning every single one of those things.
I’ll admit that the ending to the series had me a bit disappointed. As I said, I can’t help compared to Assassin’s Quest, and that book had me a wreck. Ship of Destiny just had me craving more. I was disappointed for purely selfish reasons, because it didn’t end the way I wanted it to. Some of the endings for the characters were good, but others were just less than I was hoping for. I love my new best friends, and I want the absolute bestest for them.
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