LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Oracle of the Song by Gail Strickland with Peter S. Beagle
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Join us on December 11th for an evening with Gail Strickland and Peter S. Beagle.
In Oracle of the Song, determined to save her best friend Sophia, Thaleia—the young Oracle of Delphi—descends into the Underworld, a forbidden land from which none escape.
But does Sophia want to be saved? If so, why does she trick Thaleia to drink from the River of Forgetfulness, so she no longer knows the reason she descended into Hades’ Realm?
Thaleia prays for the gods’ help. Instead of their guidance, she encounters Hades’ rage and Athena’s jealous fury.
Always, the gods defy her.
Beneath fire skies, Thaleia outwits Typhon, a hundred-headed sea monster; challenges the Graeae—three hags who share one eye and one tooth between them and risks being turned to stone with the gaze of Medusa, a snake-haired priestess.
Ultimately, all paths lead to Hades Palace and a box hidden beneath Queen Persephone’s bed. Can Thaleia stop blaming the gods for her friend’s death? Can she let honesty and courage guide her? Can she bring Sophia home?
Gail Strickland—classicist, poet and musician—was born in Brooklyn, NY. After immersing herself in the classics in college, Gail lived on a Greek island, where she discovered her love of everything Greek: their song culture, the wine-dark sea… and retsina.
November 2014, Curiosity Quills Press published her acclaimed debut novel Night of Pan—a mythic journey of a young Oracle in ancient Greece. In Oracle of the Song, book two of The Oracle of Delphi Trilogy, Gail weaves a tale instilled with Greek myth and a dark, defiant spirit of an ancient time.
“Astonishing, in every sense of the word… I can’t wait for the third book – it will take me that long to catch my breath and recover from my envy.”
–Peter S. Beagle, Author of The Last Unicorn, The Innkeeper’s Song, Summerlong & many others
“Marvelously readable, The Oracle of the Song, is a mesmerizing story of a time when the divine and mortal were entwined around a common fate.”
–Angeliki A. Pateli, Archeologist Msc.