Black Ships

Black Ships

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Baker & Taylor
Counseling the rulers of a world beset by dangerous enemies and natural disasters, oracle Gull is forced to choose between her calling and an effort to protect the last surviving members of her mother's people in a desperate flight from the doomed City of Pirates. A first novel. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In a time of war and doubt, Gull is an oracle. Daughter of a slave taken from fallen Troy, chosen at the age of seven to be the voice of the Lady of the Dead, she is destined to counsel kings.
When nine black ships appear, captained by an exiled Trojan prince, Gull must decide between the life she was born for and a most perilous adventure - to join the remnant of her mother's people in their desperate flight. From the doomed bastions of the City of Pirates to the temples of Byblos, from the intrigues of the Egyptian court to the haunted caves beneath Mount Vesuvius, only Gull can guide Prince Aeneas on his quest, and only she can dare the gates of the Underworld to lead him to his destiny.
In the last shadowed days of the Age of Bronze, one woman dreams of the world beginning anew. This is her story.

Hachette Book Group
"Haunting and bittersweet, lush and vivid, this extraordinary story has lived with me since I first read it." --Naomi Novik, author of His Majesty's Dragon

The world is ending. One by one the mighty cities are falling, to earthquakes, to flood, to raiders on both land and sea.

In a time of war and doubt, Gull is an oracle. Daughter of a slave taken from fallen Troy, chosen at the age of seven to be the voice of the Lady of the Dead, it is her destiny to counsel kings.

When nine black ships appear, captained by an exiled Trojan prince, Gull must decide between the life she has been destined for and the most perilous adventure -- to join the remnant of her mother's people in their desperate flight. From the doomed bastions of the City of Pirates to the temples of Byblos, from the intrigues of the Egyptian court to the haunted caves beneath Mount Vesuvius, only Gull can guide Prince Aeneas on his quest, and only she can dare the gates of the Underworld itself to lead him to his destiny.

In the last shadowed days of the Age of Bronze, one woman dreams of the world beginning anew. This is her story.

Baker
& Taylor

Counseling the rulers of a world beset by enemies and natural disasters, oracle Gull is forced to choose between her calling and an effort to protect the last surviving members of her mother's people in a flight from the doomed City of Pirates.

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316068000
0316068004
Branch Call Number: SF GRAHAM
Characteristics: 431 p.

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Mar 10, 2015

Enjoyable fantasy retelling of the Aeneid. I really liked the main characters, and the slightly off-beat love triangle between them (Yes, I liked a love triangle!). The feeling of fleeing before the wind as the world crumbled down around them was very evocative and well-written. Overall, it's a gorgeously written book, and manages to hit the mystical feminine without getting too far into what my wife calls "New Age Moon Woo."

I'm less sure about all the sharp edges that Graham filed off the original story. In some places it feels like she made this version too neat, and the choices too easy. Plus, you know, they just founded what would lead to the Roman Empire, and don't seem to have a problem with that. I'll certainly check out the rest of the series at some point.

JCLGreggW Apr 22, 2013

This is a fictionalized version of Virgil's Aenid, which I was lucky enough to avoid reading in high school. Graham takes the myth of Rome's founding by a prince of Troy and turns it on its head, telling the story through the eyes of a half-Trojan/half-Greek slave girl, Gull. She is taught fragments of her people's heratige, but ultimately meets her destiny as her people's priestess when a exiled prince sailing a group of black ships looking for Trojan refugees to piece their society (shattered by the Greeks) back together. Gull joins the refugees while they try to outpace Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles, who wants to erase any remnant of his fathers' enemies. Graham weaves a tale that can go both in historical fiction or supernatural, but always remains honest and compelling. Gull is a fascinating character, strong and passionate, and even though I started this novel more interested in the Greek history and myth, I was quickly drawn in to her story.

Lorna Sep 23, 2009

A novelization of the Aeneid.

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