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The Black Ship (Crosspointe Chronicles #2)

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Banned from the sea by a vindictive master pilot and cast out of Crosspointe’s Pilot Guild, Thorn believes his life is over—until he’s conscripted to serve aboard the rogue ship Eidolon, which is pitch black, a shadow in the night, and sails with an unknown purpose.
Thorn finds himself pilot to a mutinous, wreck-cursed crew, taking orders from an insane captain, and battlin
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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2014 by Bell Bridge Books (first published November 1st 2008)
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Jeffrey
May 04, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans who like ship action with pirates and magic
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2008
It seems odd to say it but I think this book moves too fast along. It is a sequel of sorts to The Cipher by Diana Francis and has a brother, Thorn, of one of the characters in that book as the focal point, but unless you just read the Cipher, which I read a while before, its hard to remember the plot in that book. Maybe a summary would have helped. That said, the book traces the kidnapping of a Pilot of a ship who is shanghaid by 4 men who have survived multiples wrecks to serve aboard a black s ...more
Berls (Fantasy is More Fun)
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4.5 stars

So The Black Ship was exactly how I'd describe pretty much every Diana Pharaoh Francis book, Brutal and Fantastic! One of the things I always tell myself before going into her books is "remember Berls, she's going to torture her characters," and yet, somehow, I'm ALWAYS surprised and amazed by just how brutally she does just that. The thing is, it's not torturing them for torturing them's sake. It's to give her books - which are based in
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Latharia
Apr 25, 2009 Latharia rated it really liked it
I'd rate this book 5 stars if not for the very confusing first 80 pages or so. I was completely expecting the book to pick up where the first book left off & instead, it starts with a totally new character, who also isn't mentioned on the back cover. It took me a while to dredge up memories of Jordan Truehelm & figure out how some of the pieces of the story connected. There was also (IMHO) an excessive amount of description of ship "action," which I tended to gloss over & then have t ...more
Molly
Feb 22, 2010 Molly rated it liked it
Three stars is pretty generous, as this book was kind of a snoozefest unless you really enjoy hearing the intricate details of boats in storms. The first Crosspointe novel was much more interesting with likeable characters that one could identify with. This kind of goes off in an entirely different direction with new characters who do develop some as the book progresses, but are mostly stagnant. The book reminds me a bit of LOTR in that there's a lot of detail and description, but not much happe ...more
Tasula
Dec 24, 2010 Tasula rated it liked it
I had not read the first Crosspointe book, but it wasn't really necessary. I was a bit hesitant about continuing the book after the first few chapters but kept at it and found it worthwhile. I probably would have rated it higher if there wasn't so much brutality, and if the two main male characters didn't waste so much energy fighting with each other. Nevertheless, this tale of a ship's pilot kidnapped to guide a "black ship"- a ship operating outside of official authority- was interesting and h ...more
Theresa
May 06, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it
I mentioned in a previous post that the allergy medication my doctor has had me on has left me somewhat scattered and unable to focus on books very well these days. The Black Ship is one of the very few books that was able to cut through the haze of the medication and hold my interest for any length of time. I attribute this to the fact that I can personally connect to Diana Pharaoh Francis' writing because her characters make sense to me.

"The Black Ship" is the follow up to the first book in th
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Amy C
Nov 14, 2009 Amy C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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 perso ...more
Chrissy Wissler
Apr 16, 2010 Chrissy Wissler rated it really liked it
This is a book that really hits home the age old saying that the journey is more important than the destination. For Thorn, a Pilot who was betrayed by his Guild and sold into slavery, his life not only changes, but he changes on the inside. Throughout the course of the book, this character who was sold out because he was a thorn in everybody's side, who always kept people at arms length, grows and learns to let go, trusting in others.

Thorn not only changes during the journey, several main char
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HRM Maire
Nov 11, 2008 HRM Maire rated it really liked it
I really liked her second "Crosspointe" book, and the story and characters were great, as always. The only thing I would have left out was a lot of the naval/ship description/jargon/descriptions, as I am not really into that sort of thing. Everything else was really interesting and well written, as always
Nicole
Mar 25, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing
2nd in the Crosspointe series. Different characters than the first, but it opens up more of the Crosspointe world. A lot of research went into making the sailing seem real. Descriptions had me feeling the salt spray with the snow.
Michelle
Dec 09, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-mom, series
can't wait for #3!
Lynn Calvin
Amazon preorder,Amazon received
Craig
Jan 02, 2009 Craig rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Good follow-up to Cipher.
Nicole Luiken
Dec 18, 2012 Nicole Luiken rated it really liked it
Shelves: sfantasy
Interesting world, cool magic and a complex main character, Thorn, who really grew on me. An exciting plot that piled complication on complication. Can things get worse? Oh, yes, they can...
David
Jan 10, 2012 David rated it really liked it
I liked thia book enough that I have read the entire series, I think. I have some of them on my nook if you want to "borrow" them. I can bring this paperback with me when I come in January.
Lis
Jan 28, 2015 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot better than I expected. I might even have to chase up some of the others...
Kelli
Nov 16, 2012 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Awesome MT writer
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Crosspointe Chronicles (4 books)
  • The Cipher (Crosspointe Chronicles, #1)
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