The King's Last Song
“Sweeping and beautiful. . . . The complex story tears the veil from a hidden world.”—The Sunday Times
“Inordinately readable . . . extraordinary in its detail, color and brutality.”—The Independent
“Another masterpiece by one of the greatest fiction writers of our time.”—Kim Stanley Robinson
Archeologist Luc Andrade discovers an ancient Cambodian manuscript inscribed on g...more
In this novel, Geoff Ryman moves between the 12th century life and times of Cambodia’s King Jayavarman VII (c 1120 – c1215) and the 20th century lives of Luc, Map and William.
When archaeologists discover an ancient book written on gold leaves at Angkor Wat, everyone wants to be involved.
‘The gold leaves have slept for a thousand years.’
The precious artefact is stolen and its guardian, Professor Luc Andrade is kidnapped with it. The search for Luc and the precious book brings ...more
I find the present better handled than the past, as the style and language are not different enough from the present, and some concerns are also quite modern.
The background is superb, as ...more
Two stories, once set in the 1100's and one in the early 2000's in Cambodia. Many parallels although the two stories are quite different. I did like the linkages between the two stories and how history does (perhaps especially in the case of Cambodia) repeat itself.
I liked how slowly characters were revealed and we got a much better understanding of them.
Quite good and would recommend to my friend ...more
Really nicely done - manages to convey a great amount about Cambodian history by focusing on some compelling characters who have lived through different parts of it.
Half of it takes place in modern-day Cambodia, and half is about 800 years ago. I really didn't know much about Cambodia before, so it was cool to learn a bit about it. Also, his writing as usual is evocative and compassionate. I definitely recommend!
Despite the backdrop this book just lagged and lagged... It took a real effort to finish this book...
His science fiction and fantasy works include The Warrior Who Carried Life (1985), the novella The Unconquered Country (1986) (winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the World Fantasy Award), and The Child Garden (1989) (winner ...more