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Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Oct 15, 2011

it was ok
Read in October, 2011

After reading Under Heaven and The Lions of al-Rassan, Ysabel was an unfortunate letdown. Quite often in the story, I started skimming; the alternative was to just stop reading, and I got pretty close a few times but managed to continue by persuading myself that skimming was the lesser of two evils.

A lot of the story was unfortunately meandering, and I never quite got the epic vibes I read Kay for. The scope of the story was supposed to be epic, but turned out very personal. Good if you like it, and under different circumstances, I might have enjoyed this book more. Unfortunately, I wanted epic in the vein of Under Heaven or The Lions of al-Rassan, and I did not get that from this book.

If you are a newcomer to Guy Gavriel Kay, read a sample of Ysabel (or borrow it from the library) before you commit to it. As for me, in the future, I will be checking Amazon reviews and Goodreads reviews of other Kay books before I start them.

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