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Black Ship, the: A Novel of Crosspointe (Crosspointe Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2008


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462428
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,870,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. C. Chivers VINE VOICE on 16 July 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a seperate story on its own, but there are brief references to the previous one. That is a point that was not made clear to me at the beginning of the story, so I was somewhat confused at first. However, it is a good story, as with all her books thus far, and the characters are reasonably well developed. More is explained in this book about spawn (rather an intriguing idea) and the life in Crosspointe, so although it is a seperate story, it nontheless develops here theme quite nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Re-release 24 Oct. 2014
By Wildwily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a re-release of the original, isn't it?

I remember enjoying the series. I do NOT enjoy when someone trys to sell me a book I already own.

******edit*****

Upon further reflection....nope, still not happy. I understand this is being released for the first time electronically, but that should have been made clear. There is no information referencing a previous appearance of this novel.

I >might< have decided to purchase the ebook IF someone had taken the trouble to inform me that it is not new material upfront. This is a marketing failure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fastastic Adventure Upon a Dangerous Magical Sea 21 May 2009
By April - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sylbrac is a member of the important Pilots Guild, one of the men necessary to any ship sailing the hazardous, magic-filled waters of the black Inland Sea surrounding the Kingdom-Isles of Crosspointe. But he's a loner, eschewing friends, uncaring about making enemies and flouting Guild customs and politics. He finds that he has finally stepped too far and crossed those in the Guild who have the power to keep him from the sea--the only thing he has a passion for in life. Then he finds himself kidnapped, forced to serve as Pilot on a Black Ship, a vessel operating outside the law, captained by a man stripped of his license and thought mad, and crewed by the dregs and the cursed of seafaring society.

Taking the name Thorn, he faces killer storms, ravenous creatures of the deep, a mutinous crew, enemy ships, pirates, death magic, and the horrific spawn-inducing magic of the sylveth that is the source of power and danger in the sea. But he also, surprisingly finds a sense of brotherhood among the outcast crew of the ship.

The story is full of page-turning action and adventure, harrowing danger and narrow escapes. The characters are compelling, with horrific pasts, and they all develop in fascinating ways. The world is equally intriguing, with its magic and gods and various warring societies and political intrigue.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love historical sea adventure, as well as fantasy, so the mix was a happy one for me. Thorn was a strong and memorable character. The world was well-developed and was full of mystery and dangerous magic. Although the book ends without a cliff-hanger, the voyage is not complete and there are story threads that need to be concluded. I sincerely hope the adventures of Thorn and Captain Plusby and the Black Ship Eidolon continue in a sequel. I did not want to leave this world and these amazing characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perilous High Seas Fantasy Adventure! 17 Nov. 2009
By Amy C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before there was Thorn, there was Sylbrac, and before him there was Fish. But before each of them, there was Geoffrey Truehelm, son of the lord chancellor, and after a terrible incident in his youth, he swore he would never let his father use him in such a manner again and fled. He became known as Fish, and over the years he made his way on the cruel streets and eventually found himself a position on a ship, where he later discovered the blessings of being a Pilot--a rare and highly prized person to navigate the seas. Without them, ships have no chance surviving all the dangers that lie in wait. And on that day, Fish died and Sylbrac was born.

Now finding himself betrayed and sold by, Sylbrac can only assume, his own fellow Pilots, Sylbrac leaves that name behind and calls himself Thorn. Now the Pilot aboard the Eidolon, along with a motley crew who have been given another chance at the open sea, risk their lives in order to see a ship filled with unknown cargo to its destination. At first Thorn sees his kidnapping as a curse, but later sees it only as a gift as he makes friends from the most unlikeliest of people. And friends are something Thorn never thought he needed or wanted. Of course, that is what got him in this predicament in the first place, never making any alliances within the Pilots Guild, and realizing too late the error of his ways.

Brilliantly crafted and fully realized world, Diana P. Francis excels at writing a believable and highly engaging fantasy. I found myself immersed and lost aboard the Eidolon, for which Thorn was kidnapped to Pilot this illegal ship, otherwise known as a Black Ship. The crazy amount of research she had to do in order to make the scenes come to life aboard the ship was astonishing in my eyes.

The Black Ship is fraught with perilous adventure, raging sea storms, and the dangers that lie within the depths of the water, as well as a need to learn what it is exactly this black ship is transporting. The vivid characters drove this story. Thorn is such a great character. At first you think him rather selfish, but that's just the way of Pilots. But then you see that he is different from the rest of his ilk. He actually cares, and is quite an honorable guy. There is much fantastical things to sink your teeth into within the pages of The Black Ship, and I found it to be quite an experience, full of action and adventure! This is an amazing author whom I've grown quite fondly of since reading the two books I've read--This one and The Cipher (Book one in the Crosspointe Chronicles.)

So put on your majicked boots and clothes to keep yourself dry and hop aboard the Eidolon for a sweeping adventure on the Inland Sea. But watch out for the silvery majickal substance known as sylveth, for it could turn you into spawn, a hideous and evil type of creature!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Installment in Crosspointe Series 10 Nov. 2008
By MelaLyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Diana Pharoah Francis has done something very unique. Each book focuses on someone new. The old characters are there, but not focals. Each installment builds on the last, allowing the readers to learn more about different aspects of Crosspointe, to get deeper glimpses of the large groups which are struggling to govern their world.

After reading Lucy's story in The Cipher, I wasn't sure how I would feel not following her into the next. I'd seen her grow, seen her change. But then I met Thorne. He's so intriguing and in The Black Ship I get drawn into sailling and being on the water and learning more about the origins of Pilots, even meeting the enemy face to face. I couldn't put the story down and I didn't feel like I'd missed anything. I'm just eager to get to the next one, The Turning Tide. Can't wait for it to come out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dull by Comparison 7 Mar. 2011
By H. Mayson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sylbrac is a Pilot in Crosspointe and a law unto himself. When he is denied another commission on a ship for the Pilots' Guild he is a part of, his world shatters. In his misery, Sylbrac is abducted and asked to Pilot a "Black Ship" with a ragtag crew, insane Captain, and an unknown cargo.

The world is excellently described, which is the highlight of this book, but when compared to the first book in the series, "The Cipher", it is boring and slow, in my opinion. I was not that interested in this book, and I found myself skipping pages just to get the story moving along. I found the third book in the series to be much more interesting than this one.
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