All the Seas of the World

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Pub Date 17 May 2022 | Archive Date 18 May 2022

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'Kay is a genius' Brandon Sanderson/font>

Returning to the near-Renaissance world of A Brightness Long Ago and Children of Earth and Sky, international bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay deploys his signature 'quarter turn to the fantastic' to tell a story of vengeance, power, and love.

On a dark night along a lonely stretch of coast, a small ship, the Silver Wake, sends two people ashore to a stony strand. Their purpose is assassination. They have been hired to do this by two of the most dangerous men alive. The consequences will affect so many lives both great and small, and possibly alter the balance of power in the world.

One of those arriving on that night strand is a woman abducted by corsairs from her home as a child, escaping that fate, that destiny, years after, now trying to chart her own course - and bent upon revenge. Another figure, on the boat, bringing it to meet the secretive landing party at the city where they are going, is a merchant who still remembers being exiled as a child with his family from their home, for their faith.

Returning triumphantly to the brilliantly evoked near-Renaissance world of his most recent novels, international bestseller Guy Gavriel Kay deploys his signature 'quarter turn to the fantastic' to offer readers a wide-ranging, vividly memorable set of characters in a story of vengeance, power, and love, built around profoundly contemporary themes of exile, loss, and memory.

In a narrative of page-turning drama, All the Seas of the World also offers moving reflections on choices, fate, and the random events that can shape our lives.

'Kay is a genius' Brandon Sanderson/font>

Returning to the near-Renaissance world of A Brightness Long Ago and Children of Earth and Sky, international bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay deploys his...

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I really enjoyed this book, it was well written with a compelling narrative and well developed and relatable characters that I loved reading about. A period of history that i don't know that much about but it certainly peaked my interest. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

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Guy Gavriel Kay revisits his alternative renaissance world in this wonderful book. As usual this is a story on an epic scale with a full cast of characters. This book follows on from A Brightness Long Ago but can easily be read as a stand alone novel.
I love the historical setting of the book, the geographical scope and the subtle and unobtrusive fantasy element. The characters are the main attraction of the book, the way they develop and interact, particularly the two main characters. The action, I felt, was rather episodic and at times pedestrian in pace, but this did not detract from my reading experience. The scale of the story and the beautiful, lyrical writing make any book by GGK a pleasure to read.

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"All the Seas of the World" was a true joy to read. I love the way this book made me feel, made me think, and made me lose track of everything but the story (perfect!) and characters (wonderful!). There's an ease to the writing that makes you want to keep reading, and start the book again once you've finished. Sign me up for future releases by Guy Gavriel Kay!

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.

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Kay’s evocation of a world that is almost, but not quite, the Renaissance Mediterranean is terrifically atmospheric, and he peoples it with characters you care about and believe in. Perhaps the most elegant fantasist working today, he marshals events on intimate personal and global political scales and walks us through their effects and reverberations in wonderfully smooth prose. No one else produces work like this in the genre and this new novel is to be celebrated.

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I completely lost myself in the exciting All the Seas of the World, its people, places and culture!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for this wonderful experience.

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Guy Gavriel Kay is a master storyteller and a master of fantasy. This new book, set in a fictional simil Renaissance, it's brilliant novel that you cannot put down.
Great storytelling and world building, excellent character development.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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