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Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic
     

Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic

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by Guy Gavriel Kay
 

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From the renowned author of Lord of Emperors, Children of Earth and Sky, and Tigana

Crispin is a master mosaicist, creating beautiful art with colored stones and glass. Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen's secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded

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From the renowned author of Lord of Emperors, Children of Earth and Sky, and Tigana

Crispin is a master mosaicist, creating beautiful art with colored stones and glass. Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen's secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded sanctuaries, chariot races and palaces, intrigues and violence, Crispin must find his own source of power in order to survive-and unexpectedly discovers it high on the scaffolding of his own greatest creation.

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Praise for Sailing to Sarantium

"Kay at his finest. Sarantium itself is vast, sumptuous, and dangeorus...Beneath the shining authorial handiwork lies something closer to a Yeatsian miracle."--Locus
 
"This is an incredible achievement, and it may be Kay’s greatest work."--tor.com

Praise for the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay
 
“[Read] anything by Guy Gavriel Kay... His strengths are strong characters and fantastic set pieces.”--The New Yorker  
 
“History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay.”--The Washington Post Book World
 
“Kay is a genius. I've read him all my life and am always inspired by his work.”--#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson 
 
"A storyteller on the grandest scale."--Time Magazine, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101462317
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
Sarantine Mosaic , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
78,108
File size:
941 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. His work has been translated into over 30 languages. At the outset of his career Kay assisted in the editorial construction of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. He has also written for the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Guardian, among others, and has spoken at literary events around the world. He was won numerous literary awards, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

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Sailing to Sarantium 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Naomi Novik fan. I love the fantasy/ alternative history genre. At the goodreads site, I was encouraged to seek out Mr. Kay's work, as a result. I started with the Lions of Al Rassan and despite loads of 'papers' (I am a teacher), I could not put the Nook down. Kay's world creation is engrossing. I like, although I cannot describe, his narrator. Reading Kay is like reading a book with a friend, who knows exactly when to be quiet and let the story tell itself, but also knows when to step in and drop a sardonic comment too. Sailing to Sarantium, shimmering with imagery of ancient Istanbul and Crispin's irascible ( understandably so) personality, was another good read. I am signing off to read the sequel. I think it safe to say that, at least for this reader, the summer of 2014 will be known as the summer of Kay ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though not quite of Tolkein's standard, Sailing to Sarantium, along with its sequel, Lord of Emperors, draws the reader into an epic journey in a world of fantastic proportions. Crispin, the protagonist of the tale, wins the support of readers on his search for personal fulfilment, and we join with him in his struggle for justice and right in a corrupted court. Sailing to Sarantium is filled with wonderful imagery, and details Crispin's quest, and Lord of Emperors forms a conclusion that will leave all readers satisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book swept me away the very first time I opened it and set foot in Kay's world. Kay does well in capturing a fantasy world on paper while making it reminiscent of a bygone era. It is poetic, rich in character and detailed enough to make the reader feel as if he has stepped into a totally different world while it is open. It is a page turner and a wonderful read. I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book (and its sequel Lord of Emporers) were stunning. By far the best work that GGK has done so far and one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It's different than a lot of other fiction out there - its very memorable in a haunting sort of way.
Elizabeth-K More than 1 year ago
I have so enjoyed every by this author. He is quite magical!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kay is a poet and a literary scholar among the Harlequinesque fantasy genre. His characters are as finely-tuned as those of Eddings. The plot comes honestly out of the characterization.
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tearoseLP More than 1 year ago
read it and enjoy
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Comes running in full speed. He falls, hits the ground and rools, then keeps running. He is 5'11" with brown hair and piercing green eyes. In his right hand is a green celestial bronze blade