Children of Earth and Sky
Guy Gavriel Kay, bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, once again visits a world that evokes one that existed in our own past, this time the tumultuous period of Renaissance Europe-a world on the verge of war, where ordinary lives play out in the grand scheme of kingdoms colliding.
From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious...more
I read Children of Earth and Sky several months ago and adored it. I should have written my review then, but Bill’s eloquent and supremely insightful review proved so intimidating that I allowed this to slip to the back burner, to my shame. But I’m finally writing this review, if only to remind everyone of what an amazing novel this is, and what a delightful Christmas present it would make for any thoughtful reader of history or fantasy.
Guy Gavriel ...more
The time period here is the (I believe) fifteenth century, and the action moves between recognizable versions of Croatia, Venice and Constantinople.
Danica Gradek is a young woman whose surviving family was forced to relocate after being attacked by raiders who kidnapped her beloved young brother. ...more
Any time Guy Gavriel Kay releases a new novel is a cause for celebration. Even with the understanding of how much work and time must go into each and every one of them, the waiting never gets easier! Known for his talent for recreating famous historical periods using fantasy, Kay’s books are all gorgeously written and painstakingly researched works of art, often infused with powerful messages and themes. I’d been looking ...more
I am so glad I did.
Children of Earth and Sky has a number of characters, switching viewpoints every few pages. Some of them are:
-Danica Gradek, a warrior who lost her family in a raid and wants nothing more than revenge.
-Pero Villani, a young artist who is selected to paint a portrait of a man named ...more
Chance and change are the way of the world, and more so for those living on disputed borders, or venturing to sea.
The struggle between holding on to a piece of land for shelter and survival and raising our eyes to the stars in search of the meaning of life was never more poignant and bittersweet as in this latest offering from Guy Gavriel Kay, a master of the lyrical prose and of the heroic evocation of lost civilizations. After a couple of novels set in ancient China, Kay returns to his alter ...more
I really liked the multiple points of view of the same events.
I didn't really feel that invested i ...more
*sobs quietly, blows nose on bookmark*
At a certain point in the first twenty pages of every Kay novel, you start to think, There are too many characters, and I don't know any of them, and what is going on?
But patience is indeed a virtue with Kay's novels. He is, quite frankly, my favorite living novelist (and a lovely person ...more
I'm not sure I can summarize this book -- it features a large cast occupying several different countries/city-states and dealing with story lines which at first seem almost entirely unconnected to one another.
All I can say is, it was a great read. I blame this book for the reading slump which has haunted me through most of July. It was such a great mix of action -- the kind that makes it really hard to put a book down at any point -- and fascinating characters, whose emotional struggles also ma ...more
I am admittedly and unabashedly a GGK fan girl. Since I read Under Heaven three years ago for my real life book club, I have been gradually chipping away at his works and have adored every single one of them so far. This too was a big, thick book and I read it in two days.
But this one wrapped up so neatly and completely—and I’m a person who loves ambiguous endings or slightly unhappy endings, the non-traditional unhappily ever after. That’s why this book didn’t rate the ...more
I'm not even sure how to describe what this book is about. I finished reading it and wasn't even sure what the point was. The book gets off to a very slow start introducing 7-8 different people who have their own POVs in the story. The ...more
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new book, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlan ...more
This book is set twenty-five years after the fall of Byzantium, that is, Sarantium. The veneer is pretty thin in places: the Ottoman Empire has become the Osmanli Empire, the Venetia Republic is now the Republic of Seressa, Dubrovnik is now Dubrava, and the other major players in Europe have their analogs, but Kay plays around with history in boosting the fascinating and problematical Hapsburger Emperor Rudolph II back a hundred years and turning him into Rodol ...more
Children of Earth and Sky, his 2016 novel, is set as so many of his works in a fantastic world but one not far removed from our own. This seems like an alternative history Europe, perhaps Middle Ages eastern Mediterranean. The fantasy is minimalistic and oblique, the real magic here is Kay’s inspired writing and his disciplined imagination.
Kay’s skilled worl ...more
Children of Earth and Sky is Kay's latest novel, set in war torn lands. The cast is comprised of a variety of characters, characters that are unlikely companions, crossing paths only by chance. As with Kay's other books, this is set in a fictional land/world, but quite closely matches our own.
There are a good number of characters in this, but I think it works extremely well as it helps give perspectives and information f ...more
The Implausibility of Happenstance: "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay
Rick in Casablanca notices the vast implausibility of happenstance: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Is serendipity a good thing in fiction ever? For me, one of the precepts of good writing has always been that coincidences are only permissible when the writer is setting up the narrative. Indeed, they’re oft ...more
One way to describe a Guy Gavriel Kay novel is that it’s a bit like p ...more
Just so you know, I love the books of Guy Gavriel Kay. It's one of those things that is difficult to explain. His ability to evoke feelings in me is unequaled by any current author. His writing style seems to flow off the page and reach right down in to my soul. There are very few characters I have cared about with the same depth as those that are brought to ...more
1) This is a very slow-moving book. Lots of subtlety. It has not suited my mood at all. I've been finding excuses for the last 3 weeks to read other things rather than pick up this book.
2) I received this as an ARC from NetGalley (so thank you to them and the publisher!), and the ebook displayed horribly on my Kindle. The formatting was so inconsistent, with dozens of hyphenated words in the middle of para ...more
The essential premise of this novel focuses on several different characters all travelling to a distant city and beyond. Each of these characters are unique heroes: merchants, painters, pirates, child-slaves-turned-warriors, false-wiv ...more
This is another of Guy Gabriel Kay's magnificent historical reimaginings (not fantasies, for the most part), told in luxurious prose, assured style, and great skill in evoking era and place, along with compelling adult characters. He's really mastered this sub-genre of his own creation, and this book is set in the same shared world that was featured in The Lion's of Al-Rassan (set in Moorish Spain) and The Sa ...more
It's not much of a surprise that I would enjoy a Guy Gavriel Kay novel. I have read all of the others and so I go into it knowing what I am going to get - and that, I know, will be something good. Kay's style of writing is something unique. There is ...more
Based on historical things with a dose of supernatural, which ...more
Going into this book I was hugely excited as I had read one Guy Gavriel Kay book before (Tigana) and it was by far the best historic-focused fantasy I'd ever read. The complexity of Kay's books is not truly what engrosses me, as he takes influence from conflicts and settings in our own world, but what I do find compelling is the intense realism of his characters. Altho ...more