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A Brightness Long Ago
A Brightness Long Ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
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From the internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan comes a masterful new novel set in a vivid world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offering an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man recalls his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a count--and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast. Danio's fate changed the moment he recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the Beast's chambers one autumn night, intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger--and freedom. Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place. Unforgettable figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance. A Brightness Long Ago offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune's wheel.
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katjapants
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kristenmcquinn
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We are drawn to stories, we live for them.

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PedanticPastorMartha
A Brightness Long Ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I love, love, love GG Kay, and this is one of his best. His writing is so beautiful and the characters engaging. I preordered it, knowing how much I like his books, and I am not sorry! Highly recommended.

Kammbia1 I have become a fan of Kay as well. A Brightness Long Ago was an excellent read. Children of Earth and Sky is my favorite Kay novel I have read so far. 2mo
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TheLibrarian
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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A fantasy set in an era that evokes the Italian Renaissance told by the main character as a reflection back on a memorable time in his life. This is one of those books where the character development and focus on human nature is where the real beauty lies, but the plotline holds it's own here too. The inclusion of some Pride Month representation was a nice surprise, as well.

4 out of 5 stars. #booksparks #booksharks

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brilliantglow
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😀😀😀😀😀😀 ahhhhhh can't read his writing but still so fantastic.

BookwormM Looks like “all best wishes” to me 3mo
brilliantglow @BookwormM I can make that out, I think you're right! 2mo
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brilliantglow
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Happening now! Eek

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ctboeheim
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A tale of an almost-Italy, amid warring city-states and political intrigue, a young scholar, son of a tradesman, witnesses the rivalry between two of the most prominent mercenaries of the day. Beautifully written, with a pensive tone, this is a standalone extension to his Sarrentine history. Highly recommended.

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Melissa_J
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Here‘s the latest addition to my Guy Gavriel Kay collection, which is spread around various shelves. I‘ve only read a couple of his books to date, but have quite enjoyed them.

AlaMich Wait, is this new from Kay? I don‘t remember it. 3mo
Melissa_J @AlaMich yes, it came out sometime over the last month. 3mo
AlaMich @Melissa_J ooohhhh...stacked! 3mo
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shanaqui
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Look, Massive Moo(min)* needed new books. It's all on him.

In all seriousness, probably my last new books for a good while. I've been very self-indulgent. I'll get Jo Walton's Lent and the third of the Ninth Rain trilogy, but that should be it.

*I have Mini, Middling and Massive Moo, okay. Three sizes. They can't all just be called Moomin.

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Kammbia1
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Guy Gavriel Kay's latest novel, A Brightness Long Ago, was released yesterday & I got my copy from Amazon in the mail. I have read 4 Kay novels & have begun to believe he is not only one of our very best fantasy writers working today. Kay has shown that fantasy is not just about knights, wizards, dragons, magic & endless fights for power. It is about art, music, religion, secularism, & culture. He is one of our best writers working today.

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Pruzy
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When Margaret Atwood recommends a book, I pay attention!

readordierachel Absolutely! 7mo
Kammbia1 I got my copy yesterday! Kay is one of my favorite writers and I'm looking forward to this one.
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Pruzy @Kammbia1 Great! I hope it is a good read! 3mo
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Kammbia1 @Pruzy I just started today. Will post a review when I'm done. 3mo
Pruzy @Kammbia1 Awesome! 3mo
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