The Black Ship: A Novel of Crosspointe
by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Review by Mel Jacob
Roc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462428
Date: 04 November 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Diana Francis' second fantasy novel in the Crosspoint series, The Black Ship, focuses on Pilot Thorn. The Pilots' guild 'sells' him to the owner of a black ship, one that operates outside the law. Disowned by his guild, he sinks in deep despair and self-pity. His life has been a constant struggle against overwhelming odds and all for naught. His love of the sea drives him to take any option that lets him exercise his skills. From official release/information:
From back of book: Thorn is a member of the Pilots' Guild, a group composed of those rare, brave souls who possess the magical ability to navigate Crosspointe's deadly seas. But his reason for living is ripped away when a malevolent master within the Guild betrays him and bans him from sailing. Then Thorn is kidnapped and forced to serve aboard a ship--unregistered, unmarked, and pitch-black form bow to stern.
The Eidolon is a cursed vessel, and Thorn finds himself battling a mad captain, a mutinous crew, and the terrifying magic of the sea. And soon a series of strange accidents suggests that there is a saboteur aboard, trying to make sure the Eidolon never arrives safely in port. Thorn begins to realize that his kidnapping may have been no mere chance--and that the cargo the black ship carries may seal his doom.