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A Brightness Long Ago

by Guy Gavriel Kay

Reading Group Recommendations Sci-Fi and Fantasy Star Books

LoveReading View on A Brightness Long Ago

In a truly beautiful reading experience, encounter the footnotes of a time long ago, meet people capable of committing murder, of holding a stinging need for vengeance, of feeling deep abiding love and friendship. If you see the term fantasy and usually turn away, please don’t, instead choose to step inside and feel the connection to the Italian Renaissance, allow the people to become known, experience their emotions, appreciate the eloquence of the writing. I adore the work of Guy Gavriel Kay, and have done since I was a teenager, epic in scale, intimate in focus, these are books that have allowed me to step outside of myself and experience a different world, though one that feels recognisably ours. You can read this as a standalone, however if you have read some of his other novels, then the land in which this is set will call to you, and there are moments of awareness as you look around and feel the landscape, architecture and even at one point the half-forgotten presence of an age-old entity. I can recommend ‘A Brightness Long Ago’ with my heart and soul, it really is wonderful and so sits as one of my picks of the month.

Liz Robinson

A Brightness Long Ago Synopsis

Internationally bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay's latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy, with an extraordinary cast of characters.

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school, though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count - and soon learned why that man was known as The Beast.

Danio's fate changed the moment he recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count's chambers one night - intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen a life of danger - and freedom - instead.

Other vivid figures share the story: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting these lives and many more, two mercenary commanders, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance. 

A Brightness Long Ago Press Reviews

Guy Gavriel Kay has a wonderful talent. He tells stories in an invented world that is so rich in historical echoes that I found myself smiling with pleasure as I heard the echoes, while engrossed in the story. Warmly recommended - Edward Rutherfurd, author of SARUM

No matter what the era, the themes, the characters, or the plot, a Guy Gavriel Kay novel is always a marvel of narrative construction - Beauty in Ruins Blog on A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO

A Brightness Long Ago is a masterpiece; perhaps the finest work of one of the world's greatest living storytellers - Fantasy Book Review

The greatest living author of epic fantasy - Brandon Sanderson

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ISBN: 9781473692336
Publication date: 14/05/2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781473692350
Publication date: 14/05/2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781473692336
Publication date: 14th May 2019
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Reading Groups, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Star Books,
Categories: Fantasy, Historical fiction, War & combat fiction,

About Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally bestselling author of twelve novels. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

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