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Guy Gavriel Kay

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in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada



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Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible.

Average rating: 4.1 · 150,244 ratings · 8,940 reviews · 30 distinct works · Similar authors

4.12 avg rating — 31,048 ratings — published 1990 — 52 editions
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The Summer Tree (The Fionav...

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The Lions of Al-Rassan

4.27 avg rating — 14,540 ratings — published 1995 — 37 editions
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The Darkest Road (The Fiona...

4.18 avg rating — 12,487 ratings — published 1986 — 43 editions
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The Wandering Fire (The Fio...

4.11 avg rating — 12,125 ratings — published 1986 — 45 editions
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A Song for Arbonne

4.19 avg rating — 10,191 ratings — published 1992 — 34 editions
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Sailing to Sarantium (The S...

4.15 avg rating — 9,376 ratings — published 1998 — 37 editions
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Under Heaven

4.12 avg rating — 9,733 ratings — published 2010 — 38 editions
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Lord of Emperors (The Saran...

4.26 avg rating — 7,571 ratings — published 2000 — 39 editions
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3.61 avg rating — 8,017 ratings — published 2007 — 33 editions
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“My youngest brother had a wonderful schtick from some time in high school, through to graduating medicine. He had a card in his wallet that read, ‘If I am found with amnesia, please give me the following books to read …’ And it listed half a dozen books where he longed to recapture that first glorious sense of needing to find out ‘what happens next’ … the feeling that keeps you up half the night. The feeling that comes before the plot’s been learned.”
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“In this world, where we find ourselves, we need compassion more than anything, I think, or we are all alone.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana


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