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Favorite Part of Black Ships

It's always hard to answer the question about what my favorite thing I've written is -- I love all my books, and there are pieces in each I adore. It's easier to pick out what some of my favorite parts of each book are.

This is my favorite part of Black Ships. What's your favorite part?



A knot of defenders had drawn back before the palace gates, which were open and broken. They had breached them, then, and the men of Pylos had counterattacked. There were bodies in the street, soldiers, and two of the palace menservants who had taken up swords. Shouts, curses, the ring of sword upon sword. The screams of the wounded.

A boy in a blue tunic stood beside the wall, where the vines overhung in flowering abundance. There was a sword in his hand, but he handled it awkwardly. I knew him. It was Aren.

His opponent had the better of him, a young raider with long black hair, shirtless in the sun, his shoulders gleaming with oil. He was inside Aren's guard. His sword rose, knocked Aren's sword to the side, returned for a swift upward stroke.

In a whirl of black like the flurry of wings I was between them, the blade tip almost grazing my stomach.

"Stop!" Her voice burst out of me, pitched for festivals, to carry over musicians or screaming warriors. "Lay down your swords!"

The raider's eyes widened. The sword slipped from his hand into the dust. Behind me I heard the thunk as Aren's dropped as well. The raider sunk to his knees beside it. "Great Lady," he said.

"Lay down your swords!" I shouted again. A burly raider with a cut bleeding across his cheek threw his down, fear and awe competing.

"On your knees to Death!" I shouted, and they went down like a wave, warriors of Pylos and raiders alike, all across the square before the palace, across to the Temple of the Lady of the Sea, like grain before the wind.

There was no sound except the moaning of the wounded, the slapping of my bloody feet on the stones as I walked forward.

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jo_graham
Jan. 29th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
I also really love her whole conversation with Mik-el. And the very end. It's so hard to pick favorite parts!
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jo_graham
Jan. 30th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
The two births were very challenging. Xandros and Gull getting together was rewritten several times, so that was a harder scene for me too.
not_from_stars
Jan. 29th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I can pick just *one* favorite moment because all of the book was awesome.

However, I do have to say that the conversation between Gull and Xandros where they confirmed that they both loved Neas was incredibly touching.
jo_graham
Jan. 30th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh I love that scene too! I love how it draws them together rather than pushing them apart.
not_from_stars
Jan. 30th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
It was a beautiful scene and just seemed to draw them closer.

Also, I had to share this icon with you as when I saw it, it reminded me of Gull.



The girl is Rachel Rhodes and the icon was part of a set here :)
jo_graham
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh pretty! :)
tricksterquinn
Jan. 29th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
I love the Island of the Dead so much!
jo_graham
Jan. 30th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
I love that section too. The octopus moving among the ruins underwater....
atriel
Jan. 29th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I love this scene so very much - and in fact, when I think of doing a fragrance for Gull as Pythia, this is the scene that I imagine.

P.S. I'd like to talk to you about doing some fragrances inspired by your books.

Edited at 2012-01-29 11:08 pm (UTC)
jo_graham
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you love this scene.

I'd love to talk about fragrances! That would be super cool. Is there an address I can use to email you?
atriel
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
toni (a) deconstructingeden.com

:)
tielan
Jan. 30th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh yes, this scene! And, uh, so many others. Like...the entire book maybe!
jo_graham
Feb. 1st, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do love this one so much!
selki
Jan. 30th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
This is a great scene. But my favorite, the one I called my sister up about and started squeeing over, was the slightly earlier Hurry ... hurry scene, from when she started making up her face to where she went partway down the mountain and saw the black ships coming.
jo_graham
Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
I love that part! The whole chapter, really!
linneasr
Feb. 6th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is a great scene. I like that it's come after such a long period of gestation, almost as though Gull had to be quiet and still inwardly in order to be ready for the Lady of Death to inhabit her so entirely.
jo_graham
Feb. 11th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Very much so! She needs to incubate, as it were.
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