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Guy Gavriel Kay

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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: 4.09 · 105,302 ratings · 6,146 reviews · 25 distinct works · Similar authors
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 22,777 ratings — published 1990 — 44 editions
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The Summer Tree (The Fionav...
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 11,946 ratings — published 1984 — 44 editions
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The Lions of Al-Rassan
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 9,893 ratings — published 1995 — 34 editions
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The Darkest Road (The Fiona...
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 9,275 ratings — published 1986 — 36 editions
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The Wandering Fire (The Fio...
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 8,823 ratings — published 1986 — 38 editions
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A Song for Arbonne
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 7,390 ratings — published 1992 — 28 editions
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Sailing to Sarantium (The S...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 6,443 ratings — published 1998 — 33 editions
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Under Heaven
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 6,341 ratings — published 2010 — 29 editions
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 6,142 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Lord of Emperors (The Saran...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 5,156 ratings — published 2000 — 31 editions
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The Summer Tree The Wandering Fire The Darkest Road
The Fionavar Tapestry (3 books)
4.097988836714805 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 33,861 ratings

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The Sarantine Mosaic (2 books)
4.180789022298456 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 11,660 ratings

Under Heaven River of Stars
Under Heaven (2 books)
4.084753465121564 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 8,802 ratings

A Lâmina na Alma Der Hofnarr
Tigana (2 books)
4.0928571428571425 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 140 ratings

Das Komplott Das Mosaik Der neunte Wagenlenker Herr aller Herrscher
Die Reise nach Sarantium (4 books)
3.076923076923077 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 13 ratings

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“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

“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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