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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


River of Stars was my favorite novel of 2013 and I awaited eagerly the announcement of Guy Gavriel Kay next work. Even if I really liked the book, I must admit that the Chinese background used as a setting for his Fantasy story isn't my cup of tea. When I learned that the author's new novel, Children of Earth and Sky was to be inspired by Renaissance Europe, the book instantly came up to the top of my reading pile. Barnes and Nobles unveiled the cover and blurb.

What do you think?

Here's the blurb:
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…

3 comments:

The SFF Reader said...

The premise sounds really interesting !

Top rated Top Austin Tow Truck said...

Historical fantasy of the highest order, the work of a man who may well be the reigning master of the form.

Medainda said...

I have never heard of this book before. It looks like it has an interesting premise. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

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