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A Brightness Long Ago 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 leaderdecadent than devout and, affecting all these lives and many , 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. Best Download A Brightness Long Ago [ By ] Guy Gavriel Kay [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. This will be longer than my usual review because I have a lot to say And I will attempt not to do spoilers.First of all, this book comes out in May I received a free advance copy I don t think that affects my review I virtually know Guy Gavriel Kay and hope to someday play cribbage with him.So, to start with, in the intro in the ARC, Kay observes that our brightest and most lasting memories are usually from our late teens and early twenties Which sent me to research that right away If you This will be longer than my usual review because I have a lot to say And I will attempt not to do spoilers.First of all, this book comes out in May I received a free advance copy I don t think that affects my review I virtually know Guy Gavriel Kay and hope to someday play cribbage with him.So, to start with, in the intro in the ARC, Kay observes that our brightest and most lasting memories are usually from our late teens and early twenties Which sent me to research that right away If you know my books, you know I have a fascination with memory, and with information stored in our brains and yes, in our blood So the articles on memory that I read supported what Kay said, and I plunged enthusiastically into the story.Fantasy is a genre that is a huge umbrella In my opinion, fantasy is the umbrella that covers all fiction In this case, this fantasy is set in a world somewhat like Italy, with characters somewhat like historical pe...

  2. It felt unsettlingly disorienting to turn the last page of this book and be back in the noisy, bustling world I struggled from the webbing of the story, and a deep melancholy that would not lift for many days begun to settle around me Each word I tried to put down was one word further from what I meant to say There was, in me, such a simmer of emotions and I was tempted to read the book again, to go back and relive those moments, open them up and stretch them out full length to see what it w It felt unsettlingly disorienting to turn the last page of this book and be back in the noisy, bustling world I struggled from the webbing of the story, and a deep melancholy that would not lift for many days begun to settle around me Each word I tried to put down was one word further from what I meant to say There was, in me, such a simmer of emotions and I was tempted to read the book again, to go back and relive those moments, open them up and stretch them out full length to see what it was that had left this story so indelible upon my psyche Some people mark you as they go by A Brightness Long Ago is the tale of those who will not be arrayed in glory, whose images will not...

  3. Extraordinarily profound, complex, lyrical and moving storytelling that deserves farthan the five stars I am able to award it I have never read Guy Gavriel Kay before, so this was my first read, a historical fantasy, where the term fantasy is misleading because it is deployed to throw the most brightest and insightful of spotlights on the complexity of history and the chaotic reality of the contemporary world we live in It mulls over the nature of power and memory, of how the future is s Extraordinarily profound, complex, lyrical and moving storytelling that deserves farthan the five stars I am able to award it I have never read Guy Gavriel Kay before, so this was my first read, a historical fantasy, where the term fantasy is misleading because it is deployed to throw the most brightest and insightful of spotlights on the complexity of history and the chaotic reality of the contemporary world we live in It mulls over the nature of power and memory, of how the future is shaped and turned by choices and decisions by repercussions that are unforseen, where the tiniest and the most apparently insignificant and minor person, and their interactions, play their part The author gives us a multilayered story of what at first appear to be a dispa...

  4. On sale May 7, 2019 This is really an excellent historical novel, with light fantasy elements If you haven t read one of GGK s recent novels, you owe it to yourself to give him a try Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Guy Gavriel Kay writes magical books Not magic in the sense of mighty wizards and spellcasting with unicorn hair wands and cauldrons bubbling with potions best not tasted The magic in Kay s novels is aelusive thing He takes a plot and cast of characters, o On sale May 7, 2019 This is really an excellent historical novel, with light fantasy elements If you haven t read one of GGK s recent novels, you owe it to yourself to give him a try Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Guy Gavriel Kay writes magical books Not magic in the sense of mighty wizards and spellcasting with unicorn hair wands and cauldrons bubbling with potions best not tasted The magic in Kay s novels is aelusive thing He takes a plot and cast of characters, ones that would be interesting enough even in the hands of lesser authors, and turns them into something extraordinary through his lyrical and profoundly thoughtful storytelling, his insights into human character and motivations, and hi...

  5. This is my first time reading Guy Gavriel Kay I learned a little about GGK, when I was in Canada The employees at Pages book store in Calgary all raved about his books Kay was speaking at the new Public Library in Calgary a night I missed due to being sick which I later learned was a sold out event anyway but I purchased this book taking a chance basically not knowing what the heck I was about to read other than the inspiring encouragement from Mike smiling face Mike , and This is my first time reading Guy Gavriel Kay I learned a little about GGK, when I was in Canada The employees at Pages book store in Calgary all raved about his books Kay was speaking at the new Public Library in Calgary a night I missed due to being sick which I later learned was a sold out event anyway but I purchased this book taking a chance basically not knowing what the heck I was about to read other than the inspiring encouragement from Mike smiling face Mike , and reviews from Paromjit and Tadiana I honestly have NEVER read a book like thisand I ll never do justice in this review NEVERbut wow.this book hard to pigeonhole and contextualiz...

  6. I received this book electronically via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review You can find this review andat Novel NotionsI knew, once, a woman diamond bright and two men I will not forget I played a part in a story in a fierce, wild, windblown time I do have that I always will I am here and it is mine, for as near to always as we are allowed This is only the second book I ve read from Guy Gavriel Kay, but I feel secure in stating that I ve never come across another author wh I received this book electronically via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review You can find this review andat Novel NotionsI knew, once, a woman diamond bright and two men I will not forget I played a part in a story in a fierce, wild, windblown time I do have that I always will I am here and it is mine, for as near to always as we are allowed This is only the second book I ve read from Guy Gavriel Kay, but I feel secure in stating that I ve never come across another author who has his way with words There s something about his prose that is both breathtakingly lovely and oddly jarring In A Brightness Long Ago, Kay paints with his words, writing something that is lush and poignant and real enough to touch This nov...

  7. A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO is, like all of Kay s work, exquisitely crafted and deeply moving By turns beautiful and bittersweet, it tells the story of small people caught in the current of world shattering events, and of the ripples they make that are sometimes but not always lost in the flow of history His most compelling characters are those found lingering near the frame of a famous portrait, or rendered, almost as an afterthought, in glass and stone Guy Gavriel Kay has written a masterpiece, y A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO is, like all of Kay s work, exquisitely crafted and deeply moving By turns beautiful and bittersweet, it tells the story of small people caught in the current of world shattering events, and of the ripples they make that are sometimes but not always lost in the flow of history His most compelling characters are those found lingering near the frame of a famous portrait, or rendered, almost as an afterthought, in glass and stone Guy Gavriel Kay has writ...

  8. To be perfectly candid, I wasn t a huge fan of Kay s earlier work and I left off reading anything else by him, thinking I already got his measure Two books in an early trilogy They were pretty good but it left a not so pleasant taste in my mouth.So why did I come back Give him another try I can t really say I don t know I just remembered how lyrical his prose was in places and thought, perhaps, he had grown into an even better writer since then That maybe I judged him a bit too harshly M To be perfectly candid, I wasn t a huge fan of Kay s earlier work and I left off reading anything else by him, thinking I already got his measure Two books in an early trilogy They were pretty good but it left a not so pleasant taste in my mouth.So why did I come back Give him another try I can t really say I don t know I just remembered how lyrical his prose was in places and thought, perhaps, he had grown into an even better writer since then That maybe I judged him a bit too harshly Maybe I just didn t like the rape scenes in his early work Something like that.So what happened How did my second chance go Amazingly, so it seems I loved this book From start to finish, the chara...

  9. To be honest, I had a lot of trouble slipping away into the world of this one It took far far longer for the usual Kay incantation to take effect, mostly because it took far, far longer for him to start chanting it As he s grown older, Kay has developed an insistence on showing the teller s hand that I don t particularly care for or agree with He wants us to be aware of him there, all the time, and getsinsistent on it as time goes by he s gone beyond insisting on the importance of the i To be honest, I had a lot of trouble slipping away into the world of this one It took far far longer for the usual Kay incantation to take effect, mostly because it took far, far longer for him to start chanting it As he s grown older, Kay has developed an insistence on showing the teller s hand that I don t particularly care for or agree with He wants us to be aware of him there, all the time, and getsinsistent on it as time goes by he s gone beyond insisting on the importance of the individual humanity and everyday reality of the great heroes and legends he s retelling Now, while that is still there, it isn t enough for him He seems to be desperately intent on focusing our attention on the chanciness of fate and the choices of storytelling.That was always an element of his books a...

  10. My first experience of fantasy historical fiction Though arguably you could say all historical fiction is fantasy The author states this book was inspired by his reading about the feud between the Montefeltro and Malatesta families in fifteenth century Italy And this is the world he recreates which he achieves in an authentic though superficial way Thus Rimini becomes Remigio, Florence becomes Firenta, Venice Seressa and so on There s a very good depiction of Siena s Palio This novel ha My first experience of fantasy historical fiction Though arguably you could say all historical fiction is fantasy The author states this book was inspired by his reading about the feud between the Montefeltro and Malatesta families in fifteenth century Italy And this is the world he recreates which he achieves in an authentic though superficial way Thus Rimini becomes Remigio, Florence becomes Firenta, Venice Seressa and so on There s a very good depiction of Siena s ...

  11. Guy Gavriel Kay s new book is set twenty five years before his previous Instead of a sprawling epic, the story paints three interrelated setpieces, each with a leisurely beginning, building to white knuckled tension.At the center is the hatred of two formidable mercenary captains, Folco Cino d Acorsi and Teobaldo Monticola, based on two colorful Renaissance figures Running tangentially is the story of Adria Ripoli, whose tale intersects with the occasional first person reminiscence of Guidanio Guy Gavriel Kay s new book is set twenty five years before his previous Instead of a sprawling epic, the story paints three interrelated setpieces, each with a leisurely beginning, building to white knuckled tension.At the center is the hatred of two formidable mercenary captains, Folco Cino d Acorsi and Teobaldo Monticola, based on two colorful Renaissance figures Running tangentially is the story of Adria Ripoli, whose tale intersects with the occasional first person reminiscence of Guidanio Cerra, a young man venturing into the fraught world after years of first rate education.Guidanio s tone is elegiac, and many are his reflections on the merciless flow of time, of the violence of his time, contrasting with the universal apprec...