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by Jo Graham
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susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it 4 years ago
This is the story of Gull, a slave born of a slave. Her mother and many people like her were taken from fallen Troy. Gull was allowed to stay with her mother, working the flax that grew along the irrigation ditches until the day an accident left her crippled. Her mother found her another role in lif...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it 4 years ago
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 gorg...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
Even though this book can be found in the fantasy aisle of the bookstore, there is little fantastical here that couldn't be rationalized, other than a few visions of prophecy. With Vergil's Aeneid as her basis, Graham uses the latest scholarship to recreate the late Bronze Age Mediterranean world. I...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it 6 years ago
Jo Graham takes Virgil's Aeneid and does a retelling of it from the point of view of the Pythia. She begins the story as Gull, a slave born of rape but still loved by her mother. When her ankle is broken she is apprenticed to the Pythia of the dark goddess Persephone, Lady of the dead, and she bec...
Gen's Shelves
Gen's Shelves rated it 7 years ago
This book is so far up my alley that it's in my backyard, or possibly in my living room. I adored it! I don't know if I'll enjoy the sequels as much, since I loved these specific characters so much and as I understand it there's a lot of reincarnation ahead, but I look forward very much to finding...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it 7 years ago
A re-telling of the Aeneid, from the point of view of Aeneas’s oracle. It made an interesting counter-point to Ursula LeGuin’s Lavinia, which I loooooooved. Graham’s retelling is very solid, with a sense of the world changing around the characters, which generally speaking I really enjoy. And Gull i...
Infinite Satellite
Infinite Satellite rated it 8 years ago
Concept: APlot: BCharacter Development: BWriting: BPacing: BEnding: BCover Art: A+ x 1,000,000In this retelling of the Aeneid from the female perspective, a crippled slave girl grows up to become the Oracle of the Goddess of Death, meets Aeneas, and joins his people on their journey to foreign lands...
Vera
Vera rated it 8 years ago
I wonder how many people read this and Lavinia together? I got them together in a book-shedding from a friend. Jo Graham is one of the most vibrant writers of landscape I have ever read. Her Egypt, her Byblos, her Mediterranean live in my mind now, deliciously, beautifully and so, so distant. I feel...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 9 years ago
workaday mp3Did Virgil's Aeneid leave you cold? This could be for you.
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it 10 years ago
Jo Graham takes Virgil's Aeneid and does a retelling of it from the point of view of the Pythia. She begins the story as Gull, a slave born of rape but still loved by her mother. When her ankle is broken she is apprenticed to the Pythia of the dark goddess Persephone, Lady of the dead, and she bec...
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