Children of Earth and Sky

Children of Earth and Sky

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The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars evokes 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 travelling 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 further 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 his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Viking, 2016.
ISBN: 9780670068395
Characteristics: 571 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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JBFARRELL
Jul 06, 2018

Another great novel by Guy Gavriel Kay. As in many of his works this is a fantasy novel with some minor magical elements, major religious conflict, with the religions totally invented but historically proxies for Islam and Christianity, and a solid base in a particular period of history. The larger historical themes of the book involve the commercial infighting between the trading empires of Dubrovnik and Venice, both them and the greater Islamic empire's trade being preyed upon by the Christian pirates of Senj, Islamic expansionism and internal dynastic politics, with a nod to the Croation hero Skanderberg.

There are several closely related storylines involving different protagonists and how they effect each other with the two major protagonists being powerful and self sufficient women. The novel is complete in itself although it is in the same general fantasy structure as the author's Sarantium series and The Lions of Al-Rassan.

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LucasHill
Apr 22, 2017

"There were, he thought, so many ways a man could die."

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ssmartin7
Jan 30, 2017

This book sucked me in and I never wanted to leave. I am excited that there is a sequal!

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jolymac
Sep 23, 2016

As with all GGK books, I got completely immersed in the world and didn't want to leave it.
GGK creates a world that is both familiar and strange and we take the journey with characters we want to know more about.

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MichaelGV
Aug 05, 2016

I couldn't agree more with SPL robyn. This is a book to take your time with and savor the inner worlds of the characters as they experience the events of the time in the complex outer world, with just enough of the half-world to feel like it is not far from my own imagination.

SPL_Robyn Jun 21, 2016

GGK builds yet another world, using elements from Lions of Al Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic. Give yourself time with this one and enjoy the journey.

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