Friday, 15 April 2016

Review: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children of Earth and Sky
by Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: NAL
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Release Date: May 10th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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 Earth and Sky is my first ever Guy Gavriel Kay read. I'm not sure why I've held off on reading his books for so long, but when I first came across the synopsis for Children of Earth and Sky, I was intrigued. Guy Gavriel Kay has a reputation for being a wonderful writer with an endless supply of imagination and idea, and with that said I was certain his latest release would be a title I'd personally sell to any reader.

"It had often occured to her how desperately hard it was for a woman to make her own way in the world - and how rarely it happened."

Diving into Children of Earth and Sky, I found it to be extremely well written, detailed, and addicting. I couldn't believe how easily I moved through it's pages, finding myself immensely focused on it's world that was so similar to our own but fantastically unique all at once. Guy Gavriel Kay's characters were, additionally, very vivid and identifiable, each twist and shift in each interaction with each other sending a ripple effect that only further spread itself throughout the book. Everything about this title, even upon completion, begs to be read over and over again! Children of Earth and Sky fascinated me, enlightened my senses, and gave me a better appreciation for authors who pay great attention to detail. Bravo!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I love his books, Wendy, and they are must reads all the way. Thank you for the wonderful early review.

  2. Quite an enthusiastic review, Wendy. Wonderful post and gorgeous new layout! A Cupcake and a Latte looks soooo bright!

  3. Katherine Pinacho15 April 2016 at 10:33


    Great review!

  4. Wonderful post and colors on your blog this day :)
    I haven't read one of his books either, but the synopsis and your review are truly convincing of it's writing. Thank you.