Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay


I’ve read Guy Gavriel Kay before and didn’t really enjoy his novels, but the cover on this one was so beautiful and the blurb so interesting I decided to give him another chance and pick this one up.

I am so glad I did.

Children of Earth and Sky has a number of characters, switching viewpoints every few pages. Some of them are:

  • Danica Gradek, a warrior who lost her family in a raid and wants nothing more than revenge.
  • Pero Villani, a young artist who is selected to paint a portrait of a man named The Destroyer and report back to the council.
  • Leonora Valeri, a woman being given a second chance at life by being sent to spy as a Doctor’s wife.
  • Damaz, a soldier in training.
  • Marin Djivo, a rich merchant’s son.

By no means is this an extensive list! Despite the large cast of characters, and world that Kay has created I didn’t get overwhelmed by the information dump as he does a great job of gradually feeding you information with each new character. It quickly grabbed my attention and kept it as each character revealed their story.

It is a mistake to think that drama is steady, continuous, even in tumultuous times. Most often there are lulls and lacunae in the life of a person or a state. There is apparent stability, order, an illusion of calm— and then circumstances can change at speed.

It is a beautiful blend of history and fantasy, with themes sprinkled throughout. While the foreshadowing became a bit much after a while, I mostly enjoyed the writing.

Eternity is too long for us. It is not a scale for men and women. We live by different, smaller measures, but there are the stories we tell…

I highly recommend this book.


About Kaora

Software Developer by day, avid reader by night. I also play a lot of video games especially Assassin’s Creed, League of Legends, Overwatch, CounterStrike, Call of Duty, Tomb Raider and Mass Effect, although this does seriously cut into my reading time. So in a nutshell…. Just a huge nerd.

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