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Black Ships

byJo Graham

Mass Market Paperback | December 1, 2009

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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 gate 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.

Just as Marion Zimmer Bradley'sThe Mists of Avalonbreathed new life into Arthurian legend, BLACK SHIPSevokes the world of ancient Greece with beautiful, haunting prose, extraordinary imagination, and a profoundly moving story.
Jo Graham lives in Maryland with her family, and has worked in politics for many years.Black Shipsis her debut novel. Find out more about the author at
Title:Black ShipsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 6.75 × 4.15 × 1 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316067997

ISBN - 13:9780316067997

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books I actually had this book on my to-read list for over a year before I got around to reading it but once I started the series it quickly became one of my favorites. Love the world and characters that Jo Graham has created.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing and predictable Based on Homer's epic Aeneid, Jo Graham's Black Ships certainly has dynamic and profound material with which to work. Unfortunately, Graham's delivery falls short of anything but a mildly entertaining chick-lit read. Having said that, there are echoes of Marion Zimmer Bradley's style here, a retelling of a male-oriented legend from a female, even feminist point of view, in this case the oracle known as Pythia replacing the Arthurian Morgaine. And yet Graham's characters failed to rise off the page, to engage, to vividly occupy the imagination. In fact, I very much felt throughout the story that Graham simply populated her story with dolls and predictably moved them about. It was as though Graham found herself bound by the very legend she attempted to illuminate. Which is disappointing. This is stuff to fire the imagination. And because of the writing style, and the lack of vivid character development, it's a sure bet I'll give the rest of this series a pass.
Date published: 2011-11-05