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.