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The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

Kay delivers a great treatment of Nordic history as we're used from him. Unfortunately it feels a bit flat and doesn't come to life as much as the Sarantine Mosaic or Tigana did. I'd rate it more on the level of the Fionavar Tapestry which still makes it a very good (and quick) read.

The Last Light of the Sun features relatively more communion with the spirit world and entities within it, which exposes more of the flawed internal logic and takes away most of the mystery. I prefer the way it was done in Sailing to Sarantium.

The historical settings are brief and are filled in just enough to serve the story. A story which is limited to this one book, Kay one of those few authors in this genre with that skill of brevity.

A very strong suit in this book are the descriptions of the lives of people who pass through the story. Kay compresses their entire lives up until the touch point and everything that comes after in a single page or so. By doing so he paints a powerful picture of possibility, of the lives of normal people in those times, the harshness and the opportunities of what could have been and of what was.
This meta-trick is also sometimes used on the main characters, and the change of pace and perspective provide a very welcome bit of reflection on the characters and their actions.

All in all a nice story and definitely recommended if the setting interests you.


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