The second volume in this superb trilogy from the author of The Farseer trilogy continues the dramatic tale of piracy, serpents, love, and magic.
Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.
Beyond Bingtown, enigmatic wood-carver Amber dreams of re-launching the Paragon, The Mad Ship, despite the history of death and despair that surrounds him. Secrets will be revealed - secrets forgotten by sea serpents, hidden by the disfigured Wild Rain Traders, buried deep in wizardwood coffins - secrets with startling, dramatic consequences.
I knew I would enjoy the context of the story from looking at the description, reading other reviews and talking to a friend. What I found particularly enjoyable was the complexity of the characters in this fantasy novel, the way that all characters have depth and mixtures of pleasant/interesting/unpleasant characteristics. I found the narration difficult. When I first started listening it sounded like 'text to speech' with perfect diction and monotony. I still enjoyed listening but I would have greatly preferred a more natural speech rhythm with more lively inflection.
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Despite the rather unfortunate narration, these books are full of the most incredibly well written characters.
The story is fantastic, the world beautiful and terrible.
Give it a go!
And great narration too, despite lots of adverse comments on line
Can't write more, need to download the next book in the series!
A good continuation from the first but which see the story progress at a good pace.
The narration seemed a bit wooden and disjointed to begin with. But after the first hour it settled in to a nice rythm which matched the story well and had a diverse range of character voices.
This book you really start to feel the tales of the other Robin Hobb series link together. Cross book and cross trilogy references start to appear and really help you to appreciate the world that is being created around you.
Not my favourite Narrator overall, range of voices and accents not as strong or consistent as other narrators but still tells the story well overall.
Very happy with this series and glad I have another book to go now
I've read the book previously but the audio version has brought this to life and made me realise what an accomplished piece of work this is. The scale of the story is immense, the characters are diverse and real, but the dialogue is what really makes this so engaging. Loved it!
Robin Hobb at her best - narrator delivers the story brilliantly - couldn't stop listening - totally enjoyed - definitely recommend
not as good as the farseer trilogies and very slow going sometimes but ok story
I love Paragon! Am totally intrigued and can't wait to start the next book now
I read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the lives of the characters. I can't wait to start the 3rd book
This narrator seems to hang onto words particularly at the end of sentences. I will certainly
listen to series 2 but could wish for a different narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I am amazed that Robin Hobb would agree to Anne Flosnik being the narrator again after the disastrous narration of the first book! Beyond the narration this is a 5 star book! Robin Hobb has weaved a magnificent world that it is a privilege to get lost in. She is one of the best writers of our time.
What did you love best about The Mad Ship?
The Restoration of the Paragon.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No it is too big
Any additional comments?
Just as good as Ship of magic
Thank you both Robin and Anne. A great story with excellent narration. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this story in such a wonderfully compelling way.
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