The Liveship Traders Trilogy’s books names are: 1- Ship of Magic, 2-The Mad Ship and 3-Ship of Destiny.
There are many intertwined stories in this trilogy, but there are two more important than the others. The first one is about Althea Vestrit, daughter of a Bingtown’s merchant, who thinks she’s going to inherit her family’s liveship, Vivacia, but for strategic reasons Vivacia is taken from her, so she’ll fight for her liveship and she’ll live a lot of experiencies she hadn’t thought she could live. The second one is Kennit’s story. He’s a pirate who wants to be king of the Pirate Isles and own a liveship. He has the cleverness and the luck for achieving his goals.
Ok, I’ll tell you what a liveship is. It’s a vessel made of wizardwood, wood obtained by the Rain Wild Traders, that comes to life after three deaths of its owners and captains on its deck. Well, it comes to a certain kind of life, the figurehead can move, speak, think, it has memories, but it can’t feel like all living things.
Well, now you know. The other stories in this series are about the whole Vestrit family; Malta, Ronica, Selden and Wintrow are specially important characters. There’s a story about another liveship, named Paragon, that is the mad ship and has an interesting past and future. Brashen Trell is another interesting and important character, mainly in Althea’s story. There are a lot more characters, Amber, Etta, Jamaillia’s satrap Cosgo, Serilla, Reyn and Jani Khuprus, etc. Ah! And there are also many snakes terrorizing the seas that had forgotten who they really were and shall be. And a dragon named Tintaglia who will help them remember.
This series is full of political strategies, treasons, fights for power and territory and a lot of tough situations and decisions for each character.
I’m going to be honest. It was difficult for me to read this series because there were times when I got bored and I thought that the story was kind of slow. Sometimes I even hoped the book to be over soon. Nevertheless, there were exciting moments and terrible characters who made me continue reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen to them at the end. I liked the last one hundred fifty pages of the last book, not because the story was coming to an end, but because they were really interesting and exciting. The Liveship Traders Trilogy has a great end.
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