- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; First Edition first Printing edition (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451472969
- ISBN-13: 978-0451472960
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Guy Gavriel Kay writes, primarily, books based on fictionalized versions of carefully researched historical periods. He tells personal stories of people involved with monumental changes. His stories are often sweet, or more often bittersweet, and only have a touch of the supernatural.
Kay has been doing this for decades. The books he was writing 20 years ago were very good. You should read them. But he keeps getting better and better. His craft is now honed to the point of mastery, and Children of Earth and Sky is excellent.
The book picks up several decades after the events of Sailing to Sarantium (Sarantine Mosaic, Book 1) and Lord of Emperors: Book Two of the Sarantine Mosaic (Sarantine Mosaic (Paperback)). You certainly won't be lost if you jump straight into Children of Earth and Sky, but there are some treats in this book you might miss out on.
The world of the book draws, historically, from the Roman empire several decades after the fall of Constantinople, the city-states of Venice and Dubrovnik, and the Uskoks and their stronghold city of Senj. Building on historical events gives Kay a more richly imagined world than even fantasy's most celebrated world-builders. It also gives him the ability to focus on characters with a depth and understanding that's too often absent in this genre.
If you're a Kay fan already, you know this. And all you need to know about Children of Earth and Sky is that it's quite likely Kay's best work yet. On par with the craft on display in River of Stars and Under Heaven, in a more familiar (and I suspect for many fans more loved) setting. If you're not a Kay fan, this is a wonderful place to start. With the fair warning that once you're done, you'll likely be hooked and want to go backwards and read everything the man's even written.
Children of Earth and Sky is one of his best, and that's saying something. It's a page-turner with plenty of action and twists and turns, but still manages to be wise and elegiac (a grand word, but true). Beautiful prose, rich characters, a gripping story, with a hint of something deep and sad underlying it all. Absolutely wonderful.