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Children of Earth and Sky Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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Praise for Children of Earth and Sky
"...Kay's real genius at unveiling history as a large tapestry of individual ambitions, betrayals, loyalties and simple efforts to negotiate survival in a radically unstable world...compelling, sympathetic characters whose stories gradually weave together in ingenious ways.”—The Chicago Tribune
“Guy Gavriel Kay has a wonderful talent. He tells stories in an invented world that is so rich in historical echoes that I found myself smiling with pleasure as I heard the echoes, while engrossed in the story. Warmly recommended.”—Edward Rutherfurd, bestselling author of Sarum
[Kay's] approach, which is to explore our shared humanity through a prism of fantasy and history, is unparalleled... weaves a heartwrenching, exquisitely rendered tale that speaks to every time and place.”—Huffpost Books
“...Kay is in masterful control of his material, and the prose is elegant. This is writing of the highest order. Very highly recommended.”—The Historical Novel Society
"A book of the year ... about ordinary people not so different from you and me, Children of Earth and Sky is every inch the equal of the superlative Sarantine Mosiac.”—Tor.com
Praise for the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay
“[Read] anything by Guy Gavriel Kay... His strengths are strong characters and fantastic set pieces.”--The New Yorker
“History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay.”--The Washington Post Book World
“Kay is a genius. I've read him all my life and am always inspired by his work.”--#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
"A storyteller on the grandest scale."--Time Magazine, Canada
About the Author
Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of numerous fantasy novels including The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, The Last Light of the Sun, Under Heaven, River of Stars, and Children of Earth and Sky. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
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Although the prose was as excellent as ever, the text overall didn't flow as well for me as it has in his other books. Part of that is because of his decision to write Marin's voice in the present tense, but part of it is because of the way he interrupts the main narrative from time to time to tell us about the future course of a minor character. And I think part of it is an inevitable consequence of trying to weave together the stories of so many characters whose lives stay quite separate for much of the book.
I know I am in the minority in giving this book less than a glowing review. This book may be an excellent one compared to others out there on the market. But compared to Kay's own work, I think it falls short of the mark.
Three stars for a pleasant read, but not a book I will reread every year the way I do most of his other books.
Kay has written this book in a way that makes it seem like some anonymous person is actually telling this story directly to you. His books often use this device, but usually a bit more subtly. In other books, this "storyteller" might very occasionally offer up some profound or ironic reflection of what has occurred to the characters, but he does it constantly in this book, and this device definitely loses its impact when not used sparingly. It just felt like Kay was trying too hard.
Like I wrote earlier, I did enjoy the book for the most part. Although it is not necessary to have read them, this book does take place a few hundred (maybe even a thousand?) years after the Sarantium books, and offers up a few Easter eggs for those who have read them. This book actually got me to go back and re-read those, as well as read up a bit on the actual history of the region, people, and era that the book is based on, so that was fun!