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Sailing to Sarantium (Sarantine Mosaic, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2000
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"Sailing to Sarantium confirms, yet again, Kay's status as one of our most accomplished and engaging storytellers." -- -- Toronto Star
About the Author
GUY GAVRIEL KAY is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost fantasy authors. He is the author of eleven novels, and his works have been translated into twenty-five languages. Kay lives in Toronto with his family. Visit him online at brightweavings.com.
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The book is a bit hard to classify as it reads like historical fiction but includes some magic as well. StS has many good traits: It is well written, has interesting and well developed characters, creates a vivid and realistic sense of ancient history, religion and politics, and tells an intriguing story with good pacing that never falters. Unlike books by many of today's writers (Tad Williams and Neal Stephenson to name two), this book is well edited; the story is concise without long sections that drag on or lead nowhere.
Ultimately the mark of a good book is that when it ends, you still want more and that was definitely the case for me. As soon as I could, I went looking for more GGK books.
The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it had to end.
Sailing to Sarantium never caught fire for me - it had an uninteresting hero with a rambling tale that I found hard to finish.
I read all the reviews from readers who loved the series before purchasing the book - they must understand a lot more about what makes a fantasy book good than I do - I put it on my pile to go to GoodWill - I won't even lend it to friends or relatives looking for a good read. Thus the 2 star rating.
I picked up this book, Sailing to Sarantium, while visiting the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in May 2000, at an outlet mall near Ashland, Oregon. I had heard so much about Kay that I just had to find a book by him, so when I saw this book on the shelf, I picked it up.
Ah! the sights, sounds, and smells he describes are so real - Guy Kay is able to take you there to see what the characters see, smell what they smell. But I felt there was no there there. The characters barely move through this detailed world.
This book also didn't seem to stand alone: it's waiting for its sequel to be published (which of course has happened).
I must say, though, that I will buy the sequel, and hope that the story moves along a wee bit better than this one.
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