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From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

Author Biography: Guy Gavriel Kay has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and has been nominated three...

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Overview

From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

Author Biography: Guy Gavriel Kay has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and has been nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award. His works have been translated into 21 languages.

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Guy Gavriel Kay's The Last Light of the Sun is a compelling historical fantasy in which fate throws together three warring societies -- Anglcyn (Anglo-Saxon), Cyngael (Welsh), and Erling (Viking) -- in a brutal conflict that brings both heartrending sorrow and unexpected joy. In a world where Erling marauders regularly raid Anglcyn and Cyngael villages and bloodshed is a part of everyday life, only the strong survive. Bern Thorkellson is a survivor, although his life can't exactly be described as fortunate; the son of an ill-tempered Erling named Red Thorkell, Bern recklessly seeks vengeance against the man who stole his father's prize horse. Aeldred, legendary king of the Anglcyn, struggles to protect -- and enlighten -- his countrymen against all odds. After witnessing the murder of his brother, the Cyngael prince Alun tries to save his soul from supernatural forces. Then the destinies of all three intertwine. Adeptly researched with ingeniously intricate tangential plotlines ("…actions ripple, in so many ways, and for so long…"), this offering is sure to please and surprise fans of Kay's previous historical fantasies (Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, et al.). Gloriously complex and riveting, The Last Light of the Sun is archetypal Kay. Fans of first-rate historical fantasies like Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon sequence and Stephen R. Lawhead's Celtic Crusades trilogy who have yet to experience Kay's storytelling prowess should make it a point to pick up one of his novels immediately. Paul Goat Allen
The Washington Post
Kay's latest, The Last Light of the Sun, is a historical fantasy of the highest order, the work of a man who may well be the reigning master of the form … Kay's novel is an ambitious entertainment that transcends the historical record, offering cogent observations on fathers and sons, on the power of grief, on faith, courage, loyalty and the inevitability of change. — Bill Sheehan
Publishers Weekly
In this wonderfully imaginative historical fantasy from Kay (A Song for Arbonne), seemingly random deeds connect Erling (Viking) raiders and Anglcyn (English) and Cyngael (Welsh) princes: If only Bern Thorkellson hadn't stolen that horse in a desperate act of vengeance against his sorry fate; if only Dai ab Owyn hadn't stepped outside the safety of Brynfell right at the moment when the Erlings attacked; if only Ivarr Ragnarson hadn't been born ill-formed and downright cruel; if only Aeldred hadn't been king of the Anglcyn; if only Thorkell Einarson had murdered only one man and not the second; if only Alun ab Owyn hadn't stepped into that pool on a moonless night and seen the Queen of the Elves in procession. At first glance, each individual's act appears to be a normal human response. It's only later, as the characters' paths cross, that the pieces come together to weave a dazzling tapestry of conjoined fates. Solid research, filtered through vibrant prose, serves to convey a sense of how people really lived and died in Viking and Anglo-Saxon times and how they might have interacted with the realm of magic on a daily basis. Readers of lighter fantasy should be forewarned-the novel contains a lot of gruesome killing and the fairy world plays a relatively minor role, as do women. (Mar. 2) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Driven from his northern home for crimes committed by his father, Bern Thorkellson finds his destiny across the sea, in the lands of the Angles and the Gaels, traditional enemies of his people. Set during the time of the Viking raids, the latest historical fantasy by the author of Tigana and A Song for Arbonne brings depth and texture to the ancient tales of the Norse lands. Kay's consummate storytelling and fidelity to the spirit of his subject matter make this novel a solid addition to most fantasy collections and a good selection for fans of historical fiction and Celtic or Norse legends. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743484237
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2005
  • Edition description: New

Meet the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is an internationally bestselling author. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel. His works have been translated into twenty-five languages.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Let down...

    I read "Under Heaven" by Kay and was simply amazed by the writing, characters, and setting... simply awed... could not buy another Kay book fast enough... "The Last Light of The Sun" reads in a very clunky, unpolished manner... shallow characters... does not seem like same writer...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Great Book!

    Although this book doesn't hold a candle to Kay's 'Lions of al-Rassan' it is still a very good book. Kay does a particularly good job creating a world that mirrors the history of European kingdoms and their struggles with the Norsemen of the age.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Not Kay's Best

    I've been a huge fan of Guy Gavriel Kay since the first time I read Tigana, after which I scoured bookstores to find anything else he'd written. I must agree with one of the other reviewers, in that I was disappointed. The poetry of his other works is missing and I wasn't as drawn in they way I have been with his other works. While I don't regret buying this book, I don't think it will win him many new loyal readers. If you're already a fan, I'm sure you'll read it anyway. If someone else recommended that you read Kay, start with any of this other novels and come back to this one once you're hooked. I would hate for anyone to start with this one and miss out on his other works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Worth a read, but read it twice?

    My copies of Kay¿s works are well-worn, well-read, and well-loved. 'The Last Light of the Sun' takes its place upon my shelf, but I do not feel as much affection for it as I do for his other works. The story is well told, the phrasing is flawless, and it is certainly enjoyable to read, but there is a certain flatness, a missing spark of magic that runs through most of his works. For lovers of Historical Fantasy, this is a must-read. For lovers of Kay¿s work, enjoy, but don¿t expect it to resonate as much as his other works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Sunclan map & Rules

    One map two main clearing three bios four warrior den five med cat den six apprentice den seven nursery eight elders den nine leaders den ten highrock eleven through twenty one forest twenty two stream twenty three training hollow twenty four twolegplace twenty five border. Rules rule one no swearing or cussing. Rule two be realistic. Rule three be as active as possible. Rule four have fun! Rule five please mate outside of terretorie. Thx for reading&#9819Frostedstar&#9819

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Not my cup of tea

    I love historical fiction but this was some of the worst writing I have run into for a long time.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    MOVING-VERY IMPORTANT

    We are changing our name to timeclan. The clan is moving to "happy time" all results. Questions? Ask me

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Disappointed

    I've read all of Kay's previous work, and I must say I was disappointed in this one. Where is his fascination? The poetry of these cultures is missing. I hope it bodes for an amazing next book from Kay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Enthralling

    The kingdoms fight each other and within each realm; feuds are the order of the day. The Erlings of Vimmark are feared for their vicious naval raids done due to a barren and cold land for much of the year. In Cyngael, the clans are constantly feuding and raiding while Anglcyn is a land that is growing stronger and larger thanks to the leadership of King Aeldred. When sibling Princes Dai and Alun are caught in an Erling raid, Alun sinks into a depression........... .............................. The cleric of Cyngael, Ceinion of Llywerth, accompanied by Alun, decides to travel to Anglcyn and the court of King Aeldred. While there, mercenary troops stars raiding, led by the man that killed Alun¿s brother. The attempt is foiled but the killer escapes and persuades the mercenaries to travel to Arberth to kill Brynn and retrieve a valuable sword. Aeldred¿s son Athelbert, Alun and an Erling in service to Brynn¿s wife prepare the villagers for the coming battle...................................... THE LAST LIGHT OF THE SUN is a very special fantasy novel that will be read in one sitting because readers will find it impossible to put down. Guy Gavriel Kay is a fantastic world builder drawing on facts from the Middle Ages including the Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Celts. Though it is difficult to keep track of the exploits of the various characters (just read the two paragraphs above for a rudimentary idea), the key cast members feel genuine, three dimensional and at least the good guys are very likeable even with flaws. This is a world one would want to revisit to see how the sun rays reflect on the next generation............................. Harriet Klausner

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