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Children of Earth and Sky av Guy Gavriel Kay
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Children of Earth and Sky (utgåvan 2017)

av Guy Gavriel Kay (Författare)

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"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..."--… (mer)
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Titel:Children of Earth and Sky
Författare:Guy Gavriel Kay (Författare)
Info:Berkley (2017), Edition: Reprint, 592 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Children of Earth and Sky av Guy Gavriel Kay

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    A Brightness Long Ago av Guy Gavriel Kay (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Minor overlap of characters.
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***Who sucked me in***
Possibly Literate on YouTube in her August Reading Wrap-Up || 2017 video.
The way she talked about how woman were portrayed in the story really got me.

***Side note***
I'm really in the mood for fantasy but not a series. So this actually sounds perfect. Also I read Tigana ages ago. I actually thought I had it on my shelves but apparently that was one of those books I lend so many times from the library it felt like mine...
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
Too verbose. Slow to develop, and the payoff was small. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
Kay's narrative style makes any of his books a true delight to read. This novel is set in the same universe as "Sarantium" and his latest "Brightness Falls from the Sky" but later in the timeline than both of those.

His forte is taking ordinary people and because of a summons by someone in power, makes those characters become more than they might ever been, and we get to be along for the ride. This is a wonderful book to read and, for once, I hardly found any bitter in the sweetness of the book's endings. ( )
  doengels | Sep 2, 2020 |
Just...not compelling. ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
I'm just going to have to place Guy Gavriel Kay's books into a shelf of their own. A genre of their own. I mean, sure, there are certain authors that have come close, such as some of Umberto Eco or Kim Stanley Robinson, but Kay's writing just plops us down into what, by all apparent aspects, seems to be our Rennaisance Europe or something very, very close.

All names and a lot of history is altered but to any normal comparison, we're dealing with the Ottoman Empire and Christians. Italy! A regular author might have just skimmed some aspects and thrown them in, but Kay instead goes deep and rich and detailed. Not only exploring all the misconceptions and prejudices on either side, but taking it full-force into spies, exiles, and intrigue of all kinds. And let's not forget the battles!

Lush writing, gorgeous characters. What's probably the best part of it IS the characters. I get into them not because of any particular plot point but because of WHO and WHAT they do, how they do it, and how interesting their choices twist the full story.

But what is the story?

Well, like the last one I read, the full culmination winds up being the WAY the lives are lived. Personal successes and failures. Not the overarching plot. :) I think it works brilliantly. Of course, I was invested in each character, so I would think that. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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"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..."--

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