The Mad Ship

The Mad Ship

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The magic and mayhem continue in this thrilling second instalment of Hobb's new series.

The Vivacia is now under new ownership, but the struggle for power between her two 'captains' is postponed while they both recover from near-fatal injuries. Kennit lies on the verge of death, secreted away belowdecks in his cabin. Will Wintrow succeed in performing the life-threatening amputation on Kennit's leg? Both Wintrow and Kennit know that their lives hang in the balance: if Wintrow fails, Kennit will surely die and the young priest faces certain death at the hands of the formidable Etta. Meanwhile Wintrow's relationship with his ailing father can only go from bad to worse.

Althea has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, in whom she has found a dependable friend. Together will they manage to reclaim Althea's rightful position aboard Vivacia?

The Vestrit family who remain at home continue to fight to keep their family from bankruptcy; Malta finds herself unwillingly embroiled with the Khuprus family - but it is surely a situation she will turn to her advantage...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 43mm | 270g
  • HarperVoyager
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0002247135
  • 9780002247139

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Praise for Robin Hobb's:
Ship of Magic

'Promises to be 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.'

'A wonderful book, written by a writer at the height of her abilities'

Assassin's Apprentice

'A gleaming debut'

Royal Assassin

'Hobb continues to revitalize a genre that often seems all too generic, making it new in ways that range from the subtle to the deeply shocking...'

Assassin's Quest

'Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy'

'An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama'
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About Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb was born in California in 1952 and majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. Assassin's Apprentice was her first novel, and was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. She lives outside Seattle, Washington.
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57,491 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 45% (25,742)
4 37% (21,319)
3 13% (7,759)
2 3% (1,757)
1 2% (914)
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