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Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Jul 02, 10

Let me start by saying that this guy is a really good writer. Let me also say that this very compelling story of love, religious strife, personal duels, grand battles and political intrigue is set in a Medieval-ish fantasy world easily recognizable to anyone remotely familiar with the history of the Middle East and Crusades. And that is my fundamental problem with this book: its fantasy world is a complete rip-off of this world, with the same ethnic types, religions and conflicts. It is indeed so familiar that I wonder why the author even bothered creating it since it completely lacks any originality. Accordingly, while the story was really good and a page turner, I guess I would recommend reading any of the great historical fiction set in this world and skip all the silly re-brandings in this book. True fanatasy resides elsewhere.

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