Sailing To Sarantium

Paperback | May 10, 2016

byGuy Gavriel Kay

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In the first volume of the brilliant Sarantine Mosaic, master storyteller Guy Gavriel Kay crafts a mesmerizing story of an awe-inspiring city and the people drawn into its spell.


After losing his wife and daughters to the plague, a grieving artisan, Crispin, receives a summons from the emperor and reluctantly embarks on the long journey toward the imperial city of Sarantium--the golden heart of an empire. Despite its perils, the allure of Sarantium's glory draws travellers and pilgrims from across the continent. But before Crispin can reach the capital, he must pass through a land of pagan ritual and mysterious danger. Marked by a brush with the supernatural and bound by a promise made to another monarch, Crispin's arrival at the imperial court will not be a quiet one. Sailing to Sarantium is a gripping tale of one man's journey to rebuild his life amid the power and grandeur of a remarkable civilization.

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In the first volume of the brilliant Sarantine Mosaic, master storyteller Guy Gavriel Kay crafts a mesmerizing story of an awe-inspiring city and the people drawn into its spell.After losing his wife and daughters to the plague, a grieving artisan, Crispin, receives a summons from the emperor and reluctantly embarks on the long journey...

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:544 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 1.1 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143194046

ISBN - 13:9780143194040

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from GGK This is the first Guy Gavriel Kay book that I have read, and I come away from it having had an enjoyable experience. I found the world to be very fascinating. It might be even more interesting to people familiar with the history of the Byzantine Empire since this novel takes inspiration of that era/setting (the city of Sarantium taking the place of Constantinople). There is a lot of exposition about life in the city which might bore some people but I found it interesting in this instance. Especially the culture around the hippodrome races, which Kay seemed to have taken from combining chariot racing and rabid football (soccer) fanaticism. The POV jumps around to a lot of different characters throughout the book and they frequently offer contrasting looks at the key moments in the story. The characters are all pretty likable. Even the so-called antagonists of the story seem like reasonable, albeit ambitious and sometimes reckless, characters. But after finishing the novel, I can't help thinking that the whole thing is just the set up to the climax in the 2nd book. Throughout the book there are allusions to conspiracies or nefarious plans in the background but these are rarely brought to the forefront of the story. Some of those likable characters must be involved in this but apparently everyone is perfectly adept at concealing their true motives from the heroes (and the reader). But thats enough to keep me from reading the sequel, as I enthusiastically look forward to find out how it all plays out. And I will definitely seek out more of Kay's work in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-03

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Editorial Reviews

"Beautifully written.... Indescribably elegant."--The Evening Telegram (St. John's)

"Historical fantasy at its best.... A masterful example ... which perhaps redefines it possibilities."--Edmonton Journal

"An intricately plotted, fascinating [and] moving story."--Winnipeg Free Press

"One of our most accomplished and engaging storytellers."--Toronto Star