Wow, wow, wow.
I’ve been blogging about books as I read them, but I thought I should let you know about my favourite author, Guy Gavriel Kay.
Many of his books are on my list of ‘best books I’ve ever read’: Lions of Al-Rassan, Sarantine Mosaic, Song for Arbonne, and Tigana. I recommend you read Lions first, as having the most accessible style. Or, if a modern fantasy storyline appeals to you more, read Ysabel.
GO READ THESE.
- The Fionavar Tapestry, concerning five people from our Earth in a parallel world, “the first of all worlds,” in three parts:
- The Summer Tree
- The Wandering Fire (1986), winner of the 1987 Aurora Award.
- The Darkest Road
- Tigana (1990), winner of the 1991 Aurora Award. Relating to a sorcerer-oppressed realm in a medieval Italy analogue.
- A Song for Arbonne (1992). A modification of the Albigensian Crusade in a medieval Provence analogue.
- The Lions of Al-Rassan, (1995). The story of two military strategists (one an El Cid analogue) in a medieval Spain analogue.
- The Sarantine Mosaic, a mosaicist under emperor Valerius II (a Justinian I analogue) in Sarantium (a Constantinople analogue), in two parts:
- Sailing to Sarantium (1998)
- Lord of Emperors (2000)
- Beyond This Dark House (2003). A collection of poetry.
- The Last Light of the Sun (2004). A story based on the Erling (Viking analogue culture) invasions of Anglcyn (which is an analogue of Saxon-England) and Cyngael (a medieval Wales analogue) during the rule of Aeldred (an analogue of Alfred the Great).
- Ysabel (2007). A modern urban fantasy set in Provence, centering around a teenage boy and his encounters with characters from the distant past. Explicitly if lightly linked to The Fionavar Tapestry, featuring two of its main characters as supporting roles.
- Under Heaven (April 27, 2010). A story based on the 8th century Tang Dynasty and the events leading up to the An Shi Rebellion.