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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000734208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007342082
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 4.6 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for SAILING TO SARANTIUM:

'Kay at his finest. Sarantium itself is vast, sumptuous, and dangerous … Beneath the shining authorial handiwork lies something closer to Yeatsian miracle…' Locus

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.

About the Author

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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I am quite new to fantasy fiction, having picked up Kay's "Under Heaven" in a charity shop. I enjoyed this immensely, so when i checked on Amazon to see what I could get further from this, to me anyway, brilliant author, I chose the Sarantine Mosaic novels and Tigana. I have just finished reading Sailing to Sarantium and it left me craving to start the second book, "Lord of Emperors". I love his style of writing, and the way he broadens the story out by bringing in a different angle from some of the other characters. It doesn't matter to me that Sarantium and Rhodias are, presumably, Constantinople and Rome in a different world, if I can see in my mind's eye what is being described in the novel, then I am content to go along with it.
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I very much enjoyed this story, I think it's exceptionally well written and conceived. The fantasy aspect of the story adds greatly to its depth and scope, and the author takes advantage of that. It must have been a great temptation to really let rip with the spiritual aspects of the tale, but the author shows admirable restraint. I think there are lessons here for other authors. I highly recommend this book, and will move quickly onto the next one.
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Read most of GGK's books in paperback (all still in my library room and read so many times they're falling to bits) and was thrilled to find most of them in e-books. Please put the Fionavar Tapestry on e-books, one of my family's favourites.

The Mosaic books, Sailing to Sarantium book 1, was my first GGK book and took me into a new world looking at mosaics in a different way, the writing is still the best I've ever read. I fell in love with the hero and was happy and hurt when he was. Recommend all GGK's books.
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Having read the Fionavar Trilogy, Tigana and the Lions of Al-Rassan many moons ago, I was so delighted to find more of his work on Kindle. His work is something one can lose themselves in and his writing is sheer poetry at times. I adore this author.
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it has a reasonable basis in history - all the events that take place could quite easily occur in ancient Rome or Constantinople. The characters are solidly based and very believable and live ordinary everyday lives. Some of the descriptions are excellent - the creating of mosaics for example, and in particular the horse races in the Hippodrome with the various teams that took part and the intense rivalry between them.

The story concerns Crispin a mosaicist who is summoned to Sarantium by his Emperor to decorate the greatest dome in the ancient world built in honour of their God of Gods Jad the God of the Sun. Along with Crispin's world you have Court intrigue, political skulduggery and the rivalry between the racing teams. There are many twists and turns along the way that all add up to a memorable read that I wouldn't hesitate in recommending to anyone that likes a story with a difference. This is not the end of the story, however, the sequel being Lord of Emperors which I will review under that name.
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It is a very long time since I have read a book which gripped me as much as this has. When younger I would probably have stayed up all night to finish it! The written style is beautiful and the pace of events exciting. It gives an entirely new take to the historical characters and events which lie behind it as well as being a good story for those who have never heard of them.
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I am a big fan of Guy Kay and can recommend this to any history/fantasy reader. The story continues and finishes in "Lord of Emperors"
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