Title: Black Ships
Author: Jo Graham
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.
“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.