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Children of earth and sky, Guy Gavriel Kay

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Children of earth and sky
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Children of earth and sky
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Guy Gavriel Kay
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"The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlands--where empires and faiths collide. From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request--and possibly to do more--and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman posing as a doctor's wife but sent by Seressa as a spy. The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he's been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif--to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming. As these lives entwine, their fates--and those of many others--will hang in the balance when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world..."--
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  • /* Starred Review */ Epic-historical-fantasy aficionados, rejoice! Award-winning novelist Kay has crafted a richly detailed story of Machiavellian intrigue, encompassing world-changing political and religious power struggles. Set across an almost familiar Renaissance landscape, the time is 900 years after the events in Kay’s Sarantine Mosaic duology (1999–2000). The great city of Sarantium (Constantinople), now called Asharis, has fallen to the fierce Osmanlis (Ottomans), who seek to expand their empire into the lands of the Jaddites (Christians). At the center of events is a powerful merchant city-state, the Republic of Seressa (Venice), and their widespread machinations designed to insure that the business of trade and attendant accumulation of wealth continue as usual. The story follows multiple narrative threads with individuals from all levels of society, including a revenge-seeking female pirate with the power to communicate with the dead. As each common or aristocratic player struggles to find a place in the world they inhabit, their adventures are deftly melded together, building to a dangerous and violent conflict that may destroy some, if not all, of their lives. This intricately plotted literary novel will appeal to Kay’s many fans as well as readers who enjoy character-driven historical fiction with just a touch of fantasy. -- Lockley, Lucy (Reviewed 5/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 18, p30)
  • /* Starred Review */ World Fantasy Award–winner Kay (River of Stars) returns to the alternate Renaissance-era Europe of A Song for Arbonne in this engrossing fantasy of plotting nations, colliding religions, and shifting alliances. The stage is enormous. The wealthy city-state Seressa relies on spies to watch neighboring allies and enemies. The ruler of Seressa longs to destroy the Senjani pirates who interfere with trade. But the Senjani serve Rodolfo of Obravic, Holy Emperor of the god Jad, who’s fighting the Asharites in the east, where the ambitious Grand Khalif also bears watching. Three Seressan agents are mustered: ambassador Orso Faleri, embedded in Rodolfo’s court; Leonora Valeri, a noble’s disowned daughter posing as a doctor’s wife bound for Dubrava, a nation that pays tribute to the Khalif; and young artist Pero Villani, ordered to observe the Khalif’s court while painting his portrait. Add vengeful Senjan warrior Danica Gradek, irreverent Dubrava merchant Marin Djivo, and the Khalif’s plot to take a strategically located border fortress, and Kay has enough schemes for a 10-book series. He wields plots and all-too-human characters brilliantly, in a world where nothing is as valuable as information. This big, powerful fantasy offers an intricately detailed setting, marvelously believable characters, and an international stew of cultural and religious conflict writ larger than large. Agent: John Silbersack, Trident Media Group. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 04/04/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 14, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The fortified town of Senjan sends pirate raiding parties against those of the Asharite faith at every opportunity. Considered by some to be a brave defender of the Jaddite religion and by others as a thorn in the side of global trade, this coastal community is just one of the fulcrums on which politics turn in Kay's latest historical fantasy. There are also the schemes of the wealthy merchants in Seressa, the carefully husbanded neutrality of Dubrava, and a brother and sister standing on either side of a religious war. In a departure from the author's recent expertly crafted fantasies set in a version of ancient China (Under Heaven; River of Stars), this title, as with many of Kay's other books (Sailing to Sarantium; The Lions of Al-Rassan) takes place in a universe inspired by European Renaissance history. A bonus for longtime readers are the many references in this work to the places from those previous novels, especially Sarantium, fallen 25 years at the start of this story. --Megan M. McArdle (Reviewed 04/15/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 7, p68)
  • Kay (River of Stars, 2013, etc.) makes another incursion into a world but a quarter-turn from our own past in a historical fantasy connected by a thin thread of continuity to his Lions of Al-Rassan. Similarly, only a thin thread of the fantastic is apparent as we follow a large cast of five interconnected main characters (and a host of minor ones) through love, loss, holy war, assassination attempts, and political machinations. Danica is a warrior driven by revenge...and the memory of her brother, Neven, taken as a child by enemy soldiers; Leonora, a disgraced woman-turned-spy, is courted by Pero, an ambitious artist with his own intrigues, while Marin, an enterprising merchant, plays guide to them all on a fraught journey east through the political and physical hazards of a renamed, but thoroughly identifiable, Mediterranean of the 16th century. (Indeed, Kay's homages to the history, and his very light touch with the fantasy, begs the question of why the fantastic was needed at all.) This sprawling saga covers much geographical ground, and more than a few battles, as Jaddite (Christian) and Osmanli (Ottoman) forces clash in a war that complicates the lives of our heroes in dramatic fashion. Yet Kay is prone to drawing back from the crux of climactic moments to instead muse on how small individual lives are in this grand tapestry; the plot seems to exist largely to enable such high-flown ruminations. As a result, the emotional impact of Danica's quest, as well as those of the other subplots (which hinge more than once on happy coincidences), is eternally somewhat muted. The historical setting is lush, well-researched, and well-painted, but Kay runs a risk of readers finding the history to be his strongest character.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2016)
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Kay, Guy Gavriel
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813/.54
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PR9199.3.K39
LC item number
C48 2016
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24 cm
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571 pages
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9780451472960
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2015047832
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Children of earth and sky, Guy Gavriel Kay
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volume
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text
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24 cm
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571 pages
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9780451472960
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2015047832
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