Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Title: Children of Earth and Sky 
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: NAL
Release Date: May 10, 2016

The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, 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 borderlands—where empires and faiths collide.

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…

Children of the Earth and Sky is a book that you want to savor it slowly. Its progression is slow but very detailed. You meet the important characters and you are aware of some of their intentions but at the same time they have secrets too. 

This is my first book by this author but I know now, this won't be my last. 

The world he created is full of spies, murder, imminent war, revenge, and yes, some romance too. 

At first, I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight. They were so many! But after a while, I was able to follow it much better. The last half of the book was the best. It had a lot of action and most of my questions were answered. 

My favorite characters were Danica and Marin. Danica had an awful past. Her family was murdered and her young brother was kidnapped. She's seeking revenge when she crosses paths with Marin. Marin is a good swordsman and also a ladies man.  Their interaction was the best! I also love Danica's dog Tico. 

So many other characters deserve to be mentioned. Pero, Damaz, Lenora, the Duke, Khalif, etc. As a whole, they make the story complete. 

I was very satisfied with the ending. 

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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