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“I love this series”Yvonne Hertzberger wrote this review Monday, December 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Virtues and faults remain much the same as the first book. On the one hand, it’s much longer than necessary, mostly due to lots of “talkie” scenes, and, as a result, I was drawn away from favorite characters much longer than I would have preferred. There’s also much less actually happening here than I would like to see. But, on the other, Hobb spins a lovely swashbuckler of a tale within a surprising and wonderful realized world. Looking forward to the sequel.”K.M. Weiland wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great one. Once again, I didn't care for the serpent stuff, though I do see the need for it. Still, not my favorite part. I can't wait to get to the last of the trilogy and see what happens!”Jennifer J wrote this review Friday, July 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book 2 of a fantastic trilogy.”David A. Lindsay wrote this review Saturday, April 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this entry in the trilogy better than the first, I didn't miss Fitz (from the Farseer Trilogy) so much, and had become very attached to Althea... with so many strands of story, it would have been easy to lose interest, but with all of those strands being so well written, it held me in... ”Firefly lover wrote this review Wednesday, March 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I am sadly growing addicted to this trilogy. I suppose that is a good thing. While I was never a huge fan of adult fantasy, I have always had a thing for the nautical. The original book of this trilogy "Ship of Magic", was absolutely divine, but still pretty much a set-up. Here, the action truly begins to come forth in an incredibly imaginative plot full of twists, dimensional characters, and good ol' swashbuckling fun (the latter being pretty much the best thing about the ship; how many authors can take such strange and serious ideas and still keep up classic pirate aura?)Hobb balances multiple character perspectives--which carries the worry of slighting the characters. However, every perspective carries a punch for its shortness.The ideas are wonderful, the writing neat and moody, and it all works with an exciting story not without a few moralistic concepts.Perfect reading for anyone who craves a solid adventure.”Backroads wrote this review Sunday, December 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ ** spoiler alert ** What should I say about this book?? I really don't know, it's not exactly the type of books I read, but I can't help not reading it, just like I can't help reading the next book in the series..I think Hobb is a great writer..her ability to create such engaging characters is amazing, the way she follows characters even when they are not doing anything important is frustrating yet gives you good understanding of each character..what I like best about this book is how unpredictable the story become..I can not even imagine what the next book will be like or what some of the characters will react to everything going on.
My favorite character is still kennit, though there was a time when I hated him, but I can remember any character that I didn't hate at some point which is cool because that makes the characters even more realistic.
Now why did I give the book 4 stars not 5...because of Althea , I don't like her at all and it affected my judgement of both the book and Hobb, I felt like Hobb was trying to give an example for a strong female which guys like for her strength but if I was to list the strong female characters in the book she would be in the middle if not the bottom, because defying one's family or acting like men is not real strength, because as a female I know it requires more strength to protect the family name than it takes to stain it, and staying home and raising the children is not a weakness but a sacrifice that a strong woman take for the future of family, and for God's sake Althea Grag was trying to give you an excuse because he loves you!!..oh well she doesn't deserve him anyway.
So I think without Althea and her childish selfish behavior the book would have been great..it is great actually but I still wouldn't give it 5 stars.”
“Had to start the next one straight away!”Kipperknits wrote this review Sunday, December 5, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
A wee bit better than the first installment, with all its strengths and flaws.”