Children Of Earth And Sky by Guy Gavriel KayChildren Of Earth And Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children Of Earth And Sky

byGuy Gavriel Kay

Hardcover | May 10, 2016

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The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars evokes 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 travelling 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 further 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 his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...

GUY GAVRIEL KAY is the internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including most recently Under Heaven and River of Stars. 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, th...
Title:Children Of Earth And SkyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.3 × 6.22 × 1.79 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:067006839X

ISBN - 13:9780670068395


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A decent alt-history that meanders a little too much Three and a half stars rounded up to four. I enjoyed Children of Earth and Sky while at the same time wondering exactly what the point of the story was. Guy Gavriel Kay is a quality writer, so the near-600 pages felt quick and easy. Settings that echo the geography and history seem to be popular in the fantasy genre, though I admit I haven't read an overabundance of fantasy. Children of Earth and Sky is much the same; the Osmanli empire originates in the scorching deserts of the east, conquering cities like Sarantium (a clear Constantinople stand-in) and the city-states are reminiscent of Mediterranean city-states. I actually liked that aspect the most, as I found it fun to find the pieces from real history. The things I liked were plentiful. I really enjoyed the main characters, particularly Danica, Marin, Drago and Leonora. They, along with Danica's long lost brother Damaz and the painter Pero Villani. I only wished we got more of their perspectives because they were all interesting. I particularly liked how Leonora and Danica became instant friends despite being such polar opposites: Danica is a tall teenage warrior, who simply wants to kill infidels in retaliation for kidnapping her brother a decade before, and Leonora is a young woman abandoned by her family, her child torn away from her and hired as a spy for a city-state. I did find myself questioning what the point of the whole novel was. There's no great battle, no real plot or even a real resolution. Rather Children of Earth and Sky seems to be a slice of life, the politics of empires and city-states, following a short period in the lives of characters integral to a few different threads spread throughout the continent. I also question the usefulness of the sheer number of perspectives included, at times giving the plot a quasi-Rashomon feel. Were they filler? A way to establish the disparity between the city-states? I would have greatly preferred more of the main characters than a few paragraphs of a random character's point of view of their own death. Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot. It was interesting and compelling, and it definitely made me interested in reading more of Kay's books.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I liked this book and would recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Guy Gavriel Kay's newest novel is stunning and beautiful. He is a master at showing how ordinary people placed in extraordinary situations help shape history.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful fantasy I think that, despite some great characters, the plot of Children of Earth and Sky was too broad. I didn't feel a great connection between the characters and the events of their world. Their actions certainly affected the world around them and the greater world, but I didn't feel that characters were affected greatly themselves. Certainly, their situations have changed from the beginning to the end of the book, but I'm not sure that any of the three main characters (Danica, Pero or Marin) were deeply affected by it. That's not to say the characters aren't enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed Pero, an average artist given an extraordinary opportunity to travel to Asharia. And there are many minor characters that are given important scenes to shine. I could compare it to Sailing to Sarantium (the first book of a duology) where the world and characters are introduced but more of the plot happens in Lord of Emperors, except there (appears) to be no direct sequel to this book. Instead, everything that is built up in this book is quickly wrapped up in the last part. It felt rushed in a slow paced book. I continue to enjoy how Kay takes a time & place from our own world history and crafts a new tale within it.
Date published: 2016-12-16

Editorial Reviews

A Globe and Mail BestsellerA Toronto Star Bestseller“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“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] wields plots and all-too-human characters brilliantly, in a world where nothing is as valuable as information. This big, powerful fantasy offers an intricately detailed setting, marvelously believable characters, and an international stew of cultural and religious conflict writ larger than large.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “Kay triumphs at creating complex political landscapes and then populating them with characters who make the stakes important and the struggles real. Another magnificent ­history-that-never-was from a master.”—Library Journal (starred review)   “Everything about this book, from the characters to the world created – including the subtle elements of fantasy that imbue it – makes Children of Earth and Sky a wonder and a joy to read. Having read it once I can guarantee you’ll want to read it again and again.”—   “. . . as the novel generously opens out into years and then decades, none of these characters end up anywhere near where they started, and as they come to interact with one another and a wealth of convincing secondary characters (including one important ghost), we begin to appreciate 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.”—Chicago Tribune “Kay builds a convincingly human answer to the paradox that has long made the Renaissance so hypnotic, so alien, and familiar with its juxtaposition of crude brutality and magnificent beauty, of high manners and low betrayals, of emerging technology and stark primitivism. It’s an amalgam, all right, but it’s also a tapestry of the sort that no one but Kay really seems to know how to do.”—Locus