Black Ships

Black Ships

A Novel

Book - 2008
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The daughter of a slave taken from fallen Troy, Gull was chosen to become the voice of the Lady of the Dead and counsel kings. But when nine black ships appear, captained by exiled Prince Aeneas, she joins him as his guide and leads him to his destiny.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316068000
0316068004
Branch Call Number: FANTASY GRAHAM
Characteristics: 431 p. : maps ; 21 cm

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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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