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Group read: The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb - The Liveship Trilogy

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Nov 4, 2018, 6:26am Top

Welcome to our group read of Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings series. This is the thread to discuss The Mad Ship the fifth book in the Realm of the Elderlings series and the second book in The Liveship trilogy, in November/December.

Link back to the main group read organisation thread with a full series listing and timetable.

Please use the spoiler tags (<spoiler>spoilery comments</spoiler>) and also include the chapter in bold so people who are reading along know whether it's safe to read the spoilers.

Nov 4, 2018, 11:20am Top

My edition's cover is the middle one (which, I think, is my favourite - fortunately). I've only managed the prologue so far, and that about a month ago.

Nov 5, 2018, 2:28am Top

>2 humouress: Glad you could join us Nina! I like the middle cover too, mine is the one on the far left which is nice but other than having a ship on the cover doesn't have much to do with the book.

I'm up to Chapter 8 and really enjoying this again. Interesting to see some additional viewpoints have been added (Jani Khuprus and Serilla). I've also been musing on the titles in this trilogy and wondering if I will be able to figure out which Liveship each book is referring to (or whether they all refer to the same ship)? I'm assuming Ship of Magic was Vivacia and The Mad Ship is Paragon.

Nov 5, 2018, 2:32am Top

>2 humouress: >3 souloftherose: Oops, my mistake. I'm on book one. Sorry to get your hopes up.

Nov 6, 2018, 5:40am Top

I've started! Currently read about 150 pages.

Nov 14, 2018, 2:22am Top

I've just finished Chapter 20 so am just over half way through - I'm finding the middle section of this book a bit slow-going.

A few characters have commented on similarities between Althea and Malta which I've been musing on. From the first book I would have said they were quite different characters but now Althea's home it's easier for me to see the way her choices have impacted on the Vestrit family and the way she completely failed to consider her family at all whilst she was off trying to get experience to win Vivacia back. I don't think Althea is as deliberately selfish as Malta has been but she very easily forgets other people have concerns and interests when considering what to do. Malta seems to have grown up quite a bit over the last few chapters as well.

I still don't quite understand how Kennit is convincing so many people he's a decent person - I had thought at one point his charm was influencing people but it seems to be as surprised as I am about what's going on sometimes.

Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 4:43pm Top

I'm just behind you. I think the more we learn about Kennit, the more we see he is shaped by some early childhood trauma that he is trying to suppress. That's my take on it anyway; he is almost a sociopath because to have any feelings at all would let all the BAD come flooding out. That leaves his character some interesting places to go as the story progresses I guess. Doesn't mean I like him though. His wizardwood pendant on the other hand...
There are some tantalising glimpses of where this could all be heading, with the secret of the wizardwood we have uncovered, plus the role of the serpents, and the live ships. It's hard to see how it will all fit together, but I certainly want to stick around and find out. And then there's the spoilt man child of a Satrap. And the Chalcedeans. I'm hoping they're gonna get what's coming to 'em. I guess that might have to wait until book three though.

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