(From the publisher):
Wizardwood – a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many other legendary wares, it comes from the Rain River Wilds.
But how can one trade with the Rain River Traders when only a liveship, fashioned from wizardwood, can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? A liveship is a difficult ship to come by. Rare and valuable, it will quicken only when three family members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening, as Althea Vestrit's father is carried to her deck in his death-throes. Althea waits with awe and anticipation for the ship that she loves more than anything in the world to awaken. Only to find that the Vivacia has been signed away in her father's will to her brutal brother-in-law, Kyle Haven...
Others plot to win, or steal a liveship. The Paragon, known as the Pariah, went mad, turned turtle and drowned his crews. Now he lies, blind, lonely and broken on a deserted beach. But greedy men have designs to restore him, to sail the waters of the Rain River once more.
Original title: Ship of Magic
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery