Children of Earth and Sky

Children of Earth and Sky

Book - 2016
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Guy Gavriel Kay, bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, once again visits a world that evokes one that existed in our own past, this time the tumultuous period of Renaissance Europe-a world on the verge of war, where ordinary lives play out in the grand scheme of kingdoms colliding. 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 beautiful oman, posing as a doctor's wife in her role of a spy. The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the clever younger son of a merchant family -with ambivalence about the life he's been born to live.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, London : 2016
ISBN: 9781473628106
Branch Call Number: AF KAY

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GuyN
Jul 30, 2018

Although this is not my very favorite of Guy's books, I found it very interesting. He always has good characters, interesting plots, and painstakingly researches the history behind the worlds that he builds his fiction into.

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JBFARRELL
Jul 06, 2018

Another great novel by Guy Gavriel Kay. As in many of his works this is a fantasy novel with some minor magical elements, major religious conflict, with the religions totally invented but historically proxies for Islam and Christianity, and a solid base in a particular period of history. The larger historical themes of the book involve the commercial infighting between the trading empires of Dubrovnik and Venice, both them and the greater Islamic empire's trade being preyed upon by the Christian pirates of Senj, Islamic expansionism and internal dynastic politics, with a nod to the Croation hero Skanderberg.

There are several closely related storylines involving different protagonists and how they effect each other with the two major protagonists being powerful and self sufficient women. The novel is complete in itself although it is in the same general fantasy structure as the author's Sarantium series and The Lions of Al-Rassan.

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LucasHill
Apr 22, 2017

"There were, he thought, so many ways a man could die."

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ssmartin7
Jan 30, 2017

This book sucked me in and I never wanted to leave. I am excited that there is a sequal!

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jolymac
Sep 23, 2016

As with all GGK books, I got completely immersed in the world and didn't want to leave it.
GGK creates a world that is both familiar and strange and we take the journey with characters we want to know more about.

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MichaelGV
Aug 05, 2016

I couldn't agree more with SPL robyn. This is a book to take your time with and savor the inner worlds of the characters as they experience the events of the time in the complex outer world, with just enough of the half-world to feel like it is not far from my own imagination.

SPL_Robyn Jun 21, 2016

GGK builds yet another world, using elements from Lions of Al Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic. Give yourself time with this one and enjoy the journey.

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