Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, Book I) Hardcover – Aug 31 1998
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About the Author
Guy Gavriel Kay is the author of six previous novels: The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road (which comprise The Fionavar Tapestry), Tigana, A Song for Arbonne and The Lions of Al-Rassan. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. Tigana won the 1991 Aurora Prize for the best English-language work of speculative fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I love the way his characters grow and develop over the course of the book. I love the fact that there isn't a single stock-character to be found. I adored the main characters. I thrilled at every brilliant plot-twist.
Oh, and if you loved the charriot scene in the movie Ben Hur, you will be totally blown away by the race he describes here. I'll say no more. This is one of the fantastic moments in the book that simply can not be given away.
Guy Gavriel Kay has done a fantastic job of creating a whole new genre of fictional writing. His unique blend of actual historical elements, magic, gods, and fantasy along with his intricate plots and fascinating characters are a refreshing change from the formulaic fantasy novels and poor writing skills that clog our bookstore shelves these days.
This book is worth every penny. It is a treasure to be read and re-read.
My only warning to first time readers is that it takes a couple of chapters to get your bearings, and to not feel lost in all the people and places. Don't give up too quickly, it is well worth the effort.
A simple mosaicist is at the center of things, helping Queen, Emperor and Empress against his will. I didn't find his adventures to reach the capital and the interaction between the characters very entertaining. The two books are full of descriptions, which can be interesting to a certain point as it tells the reader more about the byzantine empire, but it becomes annoying after a while. The action is very slow-paced.
If you want to read this book because you liked the Fionavar Tapestry, DON'T! If you like political intrigue or want to learn more about the byzantine empire, then GO AHEAD, but I don't guarantee that you'll like it.
On the plus side, the book gives you an interesting and one would hope, well researched looked into the Byzantine empire. But aside from that, this book did not impress me. I'm only glad I didn't pay full price for it. Don't waste your time getting into this series, you'll regret it.