Subterranean Press' Ship of Magic preorders open very soon

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Subterranean Press have announced details on their long-awaited edition of Ship of Magic. The book will be printed in two colors throughout, with a full-colour wraparound dust jacket, duotone endsheets, and duotone chapter head illustrations by John Howe.

Cover of Robin Hobb's Ship of Magic, Subterranean Press 2024. It is a painting by John Howe of a sailing ship out at sea. The ship has a female figurehead, the sails have a bird with opened wings depicted on them and the ship is surrounded by sea serpents.

All of the elements for The Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny are also already complete. They are expecting to publish all three volumes in 2024 but they are sold separately, not as a set.

Ship of Magic is naturally the first to be published in the following formats:

  • Limited: 600 signed numbered copies, bound in cloth: $195

  • Lettered: 26 signed bradel bound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $1500

Preorders were opened earlier for folks who already own copies of Subpress' Farseer edition so they have first chance to buy matching copies.

General preorders for Ship of Magic open on Monday the 4th of December 2023 at noon ET. (That is UTC-5 for time zone converting purposes.) Links to the book's product page will go live at that time on the Subterranean Press website.

End paper image for Subterranean Press's edition of Ship of Magic. It's is a duotone drawing in blue shades of a pack of serpents on the Lack. The artist is John Howe. Endpapers for Ship of Magic, art by John Howe.

New Liveship Traders special edition forthcoming

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In 2016, Subterranean Press published what was back then the only complete US hardback edition of the Farseer trilogy. Because it was limited in numbers and had gorgeous new dust jacket art by John Howe, it quickly became a coveted collector's item and to this day remains one of the priciest and most challenging to obtain editions among Robin Hobb's works.

In the recent years, there have been rumours about a continuation in the form of the Liveship Traders trilogy. This now seems to be very close to happening, as a brand new painting by John Howe for Ship of Magic was posted at a closed fb group. It was then reposted on Petrik Leo's youtube channel. (Timestamp 9:09). Since the cat seems to have been out of the bag for a good while already without being taken down, I'm sharing the art below. There are no confirmed publication details yet, but I'll be sure to post them as soon as they're publicised.

Painting of a sailing ship with a nude female figurehead, surrounded by many sea serpents with their heads far above the surface of the sea. Artist is John Howe.