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The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Mar 25, 2009

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I am a huge Kay fan. Really. I've read Tigana and Arbonne and Lions multiple times, along with the wonderful Fionovar Tapestry trilogy. So it's with sadness that I add a mediocre rating to one of his books.

Truth be told, I did read this one, back when it was published, and felt largely the same. But I was in the mood for a Kay book, and this was the only other one I had on my Kindle (oh please, please, GGK, put the GOOD ones on there!) besides Ysabel (which was also a bit of a disappointment).

Anyway, this one read just like all the others--same sentence structures and pacing and character development, except this time, the magic just wasn't there. The devices that have worked so well in the past fell flat, and I just found myself longing for one of the better books.

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message 1: by Windy (new)

Windy Would his other books be good for my 11 year-old book devourer?

Jolie Hmm...I'd wait on them. They're much more adult than fantasy series like Alexander Lloyd's or Harry Potter. I read my first one toward the end of my senior year in high school--which was about right. To me, they are so good because they are not totally black and white. He shows you the motivations behind both the "good" and the "bad" guys, which goes a long way toward teaching tolerance and empathy--but blurring morality lines in literature may be alright when you have a strong grounding in solid beliefs and morality. A little iffy when you're still trying to teach kids right from wrong. There's also some sex scenes in all of them, and violence (fight scenes, usually) as well.

Jolie Windy--I realised I didn't offer any alternatives for your 11-year old "devourer". Have you tried Brandon Mull's books? There are currently 4 in his Fablehaven series, with one more due next year, and an excellent stand-alone called The Candy Shop War. Sarah and I loved them. Shannon Hale's books are very good, but pretty girl-oriented (which is good, if your 11-year old is a girl?). Madeleine L'Engle's books are also excellent, and provide a very intelligent and slightly challenging read. There's just a few ideas...

message 4: by Lance (new) - added it

Lance so, i am new to Kay..what books would you start with, of his?

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