5/5 25/25 Possible Score
Plot – 5(Very Strong)
Characters – 5(Very Strong)
World Building – 5(Very Strong)
Writing Style – 5(Very Strong)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 5(Very Strong)
Well it was bound to happen eventually, the first perfectly scored book here on Common Touch of Fantasy, since I implemented the individual categories into the review.
You should read Mad Ship and The Liveship Trader series if you want characters that don’t act like characters, but actual people. These characters are just as real to me as individuals I know in real life. There are very few people in real life that I am closer to, and know more about, than the characters in these books. The story is the characters and the characters make every aspect of the book better.
I absolutely loved Mad Ship. When I sat down to write this review, I tried to think of things I disliked about it, areas in which I thought it could be stronger, and I just couldn’t think of any. Following this trader family, the Vestrits, and their tumultuous life, as things go from bad to worse, gripped me by the heart and the mind.
Where Ship of Magic was just alright, the world building, Mad Ship blew it out of the water. So much of the groundwork of the world and mysteries from Ship of Magic came through to completely capture my interest, and desire to read. I care so much about all these characters and I feel a connection with all of them.
I would recommend Mad Ship and The Liveship Trader series to anyone that just likes good writing and character centered stories.