"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.
"Everything I love about Greek myths-wild monsters, power-crazed gods, and breathtaking adventures-come to life... A terrific story well told! I loved it." -Vicky Alvear Shecter, Author of Cleopatra's Moon, Curses and Smoke & many others
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?
About the Author
THE BALTIMORE REVIEW and WRITER'S DIGEST have recognized Gail's fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers' Tales' anthologies and the San Francisco Writer's anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called CLUTTER.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children's theater; taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer's language and culture to today's youth.