Title: Mad Ship
Series: Liveship Traders Trilogy
Author: Robin Hobb
Published By: Bantam
Published Date: 2000
Length: 850 Pages
Purchased From: Amazon @ $7.99
In the second book of the Liveship Traders Trilogy, Mad Ship, the storyline picks up immediately where it was left off in Ship of Magic. The Vestrit family Liveship, the Vivacia, is seized by a manipulative pirate in his quest to become King of the Pirate Isles. With his title of King growing near, Kennit uses the quickened ship to strengthen his position as a savior to the enslaved population.
Upon hearing news of her family Liveship, Althea vows to regain control of the Vivacia and bring her safely home. With no means of doing such a thing herself, she is aided by a former shipmate, Brashen, and an odd new trader, Amber. Together they plan to request the help of a Liveship long abandoned and considered to be mad.
While not totally sold on the Liveship Traders Trilogy from the perspective of Ship of Magic, Mad Ship changed all that. The storyline came together and simply clicked. Characters that I spent so much time loathing suddenly matured and turned into people I wanted to read about.
The addition of Paragon, the mad ship, added a curious twist to the storyline that had me eager to read. With each chapter, more of the world was brought into focus, changing my perception of the God-Like figures known as the Elderlings.
If the third book in the trilogy, Ship of Destiny, is as good as Mad Ship, this series is going to shape up to be a fantastic story.