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KINDLE ⚢ The Mad Ship ë Robin Hobb returns to the sea with Mad Ship, the second book in a projected trilogy set in the same world as her famed Farseer series Many unresolved questions from Ship of Magic are answered in this tale of sea serpents and dragons; living ships made of wizardwood; the Bingtown Trader families who sail the ships; and their disfigured cousins, the Rain Wild Traders, who build them The Vestritt family's liveship, Vivacia, has been taken by Kennit, an ambitious pirate Captain Haven is a prisoner; his son Wintrow, who bears the Vestritt blood, finds himself competing with Kennit for Vivacia's love as she becomes a pirate ship Althea Vestritt, in training to become Vivacia's captain, arrives home to discover her beloved ship lost Brashen Trell, her old friend and shipmate, proposes that they sail to Vivacia's rescue in the liveship Paragon, who has lost two previous crews and is believed mad Malta, Althea's niece, seeks help from her suitor, the Rain Wild Trader Reyn, whose family is the Vestritt's major creditor Meanwhile, the sea serpents who follow sailing ships struggle to remember their history and return to their place of transformation Each volume in this series is a major undertaking, but those who enjoy original, epic fantasy, characters who grow and change believably, and fine writing will not want to miss The Liveship Traders Nona Vero Review to follow soon Amber = awesome A wonderful sequel filled with spectacular characters’ development but unfortunately, it had a few pacing issues.Plotwise, 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 enough “Tomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays Nothan that And no less.” The 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 him “Love 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.” There are also several revelations towards the serpents, the liveships, the Rain Wilds, the dragons that bring evenrich detail towards the worldbuilding 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 worldbuilding 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 SciFi reviews at BookNest loved the writing style and the story.Book 2 in this series reinforced the idea for me that Hobb has no qualms with really putting her characters through some hardships It seems like every time I think that things are really going to have to turn around, she manages to squeeze a littlepain into their lives.Amazing book I’m really loving this trilogy!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾