Lord Of Emperors: Book Two Of The Sarantine Mosaic

Paperback | October 4, 2016

byGuy Gavriel Kay

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In this concluding volume of the two-part Sarantine Mosaic, Guy Gavriel Kay brilliantly merges his dramatic homage to Byzantine with a moving meditation on art and power, and the eternal human struggle to leave a legacy.


Sarantium is the golden city: holy to the faithful, jewel of the world. The western mosaicist Crispin has arrived in the glittering capital to begin work inside a grand sanctuary. Confronting the challenges of his art high on the scaffolding of destiny, he discovers that no one can withdraw from the dangerous affairs of court and city. For Rustem, a physician from the east, a fateful moment as he saves the life of his own king sends him on a course toward the opulence of Sarantium. Reluctantly, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue--to discover that his own path will have to go far beyond that of a healer.

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In this concluding volume of the two-part Sarantine Mosaic, Guy Gavriel Kay brilliantly merges his dramatic homage to Byzantine with a moving meditation on art and power, and the eternal human struggle to leave a legacy.Sarantium is the golden city: holy to the faithful, jewel of the world. The western mosaicist Crispin has arrived in ...

GUY GAVRIEL KAY is the author of thirteen novels (most recently Children of Earth and Sky), and a book of poetry. He has written book reviews and social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada, and The Guardian in England. Translations of his books have appeared in thirty languages and have been ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 1.38 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014319402X

ISBN - 13:9780143194026

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Lord of Emperors brings the great characters and the great world of Sailing to Sarantium and adds so much more, in this conclusion to Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine Mosaic. The characters are pretty much the same as the first book. The addition of Rustem, a doctor, introduces us to the Bassanid (Muslim like culture) and has much to do in the book. With all of the worldbuilding in the first book, there isn't much new introduced. But there are more magical allusions made that speak to more going on than just the story told. This never makes an appearance in the plot but it is just another part of the world that makes it very interesting. My only problem, slight as it was, with the first book was that the plot was left in the background for most of the book and I assumed that book 2 would pick up in that regard. And, in my mind, it does. Those conspiracies and plans from the first book come to the forefront here. Despite the fact that there is no classic antagonist, the plot rolls along quite well as we see the characters react as the story runs it course. Overall, the Sarantine Mosaic was a great duology. I'll definitely be reading more Kay in the future. Two of his other books (The Lions of Al-Rassan and The Last Light of the Sun) are set in the same world but in different regions and different times from this story - so those may be next on my list for Kay.
Date published: 2017-01-02

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Editorial Reviews

"Powerfully written and compulsively readable."--Maclean's

"A fantastic story, touched with magic.... Lord of Emperors is a feast of riches."--The Star Phoenix

"Some of the finest writing to arise in the last decade."--The Vancouver Sun

"A storyteller on the grandest scale.... Kay's prose is surefooted and poetic."--Time (Canada)