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Lord of Emperors

Lord of Emperors [Kindle Edition]

Guy Gavriel Kay
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‘LORD OF EMPERORS is wonderful. I never expect less from Guy Gavriel Kay’ Robert Jordan

Praise for Guy Gavriel Kay:

‘A fine, intelligent series. Probably the best of its kind’ British Fantasy Society

‘A remarkable achievement. The essence of high fantasy’ Locus

‘Kay has delivered such a magnificent conclusion – I can’t praise it enough. THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY will be read and reread for many years to come’ Fantasy Review

‘Packed with action…’
The Times

‘A boldly complex and intelligently articulated romance.’
USA Today

‘A brilliant and complex portrayal of good and evil.’
Publishers Weekly.

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The thrilling sequel to Sailing To Sarantium and the concluding novel of The Sarantine Mosaic, Kay’s sweeping tale of politics, intrigue and adventure inspired by ancient Byzantium.

Beckoned by the Emperor Valerius, Crispin, a renowned mosaicist, has arrived in the fabled city of Sarantium. Here he seeks to fulfill his artistic ambitions and his destiny high upon a dome that will become the emerror's magnificent sanctuary and legacy.

But the beauty and solitude of his work cannot protect his from Sarantium's intrigue. Beneath him the city swirls with rumors of war and conspiracy, while otherworldly fires mysteriously flicker and disappear in the streets at night. Valerius is looking west to Crispin's homeland to reunite an Empire – a plan that may have dire consequences for the loved ones Crispin left behind.

In Sarantium, however, loyalty is always complex, for Crispin's fate has become entwined with that of Valerius and his Empress, as well as Queen Gisel, his own monarch exiled in Sarantium herself. And now another voyager – this time from the east – has arrived, a pysician determined to make his mark amid the shifting, treachearous currents of passion and violence that will determine the empire's fate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (10 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L9MFEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada. In 1974-5 he spent a year in Oxford assisting Christopher Tolkien in his editorial construction of J R R Tolkien's posthumously published THE SILMARILLION. He took a law degree at the University of Toronto on his return to Canada and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual brilliance 5 Oct 2012
By Donna B
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What can I say about Guy Gavriel Kay. He is such a talented writer that you are literally drawn into his world. I was really sorry when this book came to an end as I always am with his books. Just fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, emotive historical fantasy 28 Jun 2011
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This novel and its prequel - Sailing to Sarantium - form a marvellous work of fantasy for grown-ups who like proper writing. The depth of research, characterisation and the sheer emotional heft stand it far above most modern fantasy, most of which is childish drivel.

Far far better than his derivative and clunky early work (Fionavar Tapestry); this is up there with Tigana as one of the finest works of modern fantasy. It is not a wildly inventive yarn but rather a well-researched historical fantasia on a Byzantine theme. However, it has that hint of real magic that books in this genre need and greater depth of plot and character than its peers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book continues with the story of Crispin and his creation of the huge mosaic in the dome of the temple of Jad in Sarantium. However, it also introduces various other characters the best of which is Rustem a Levantine? physician who has a major part to play in the ensuing story. One can believe absolutely in the lives of these people since the book is written so lucidly but with a great deal of historical fact which adds to the whole story. Crispin is still one of the main characters but others are introduced - Rustem of course, but also the two Emperors of the time and how their actions and proclamations affect the lives of everyone around them. Love and revenge, obsession and heartache all come together into a truly outstanding book. Crispin eventually returns home the book to find out what happens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of Emperors 3 Feb 2014
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Beautifully written as ever, Kay never fails. Complex and intriguing story line. Yes it's Byzantium under Justinian with a little added magic, but so what? In addition to being a fantastic read, it's a great way to learn some of the history of a period I for one knew next to nothing about.
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