- Hardcover: 531 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061051217
- ISBN-13: 978-0061051210
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,495,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lord of Emperors (Sarantine Mosaic) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000
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'This is Kay at his very very best!' -- BSFA VECTOR
LORD OF EMPERORS is wonderful. I never expect less from Guy Gavriel Kay. -- ROBERT JORDAN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada, although he does most of his writing in Europe. He is the author of six previous novels: THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY TRILOGY (made up of THE SUMMER TREE, THE WANDERING FIRE and THE DARKEST ROAD), TIGANA, and A SONG FOR ARBONNE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
If I have one gripe as to the characterisation it is his constant ability to create deep, fascinating homosexual male characters while rendering all of his women uniformly straight. It would be good to break out of this sometime but some things simply won't work for a writer and maybe this is his brick wall.
On a more serious note, my one genuine problem with this book (and the reason it's four stars, not five) is the prose. There was a time when Kay was a master of flowing, precise, beautiful prose to complement the plot, place and character. Here, as with the previous book, he has fallen into the fast writer's trap of the subjectless sentence. Grounded himself in an absence of semi-colons. Become wedded to unnecessary brevity. And massively overused the conjunctions at the start of a sentence. It's a great pity and it smacks of a writer who's reached the point of invulnerability to editors, which may be reasonable - except that when you're one of the best, the internal editor should be picking up the sloppy writing. With luck, it will be cleared up in the next one. In the meantime, this is still one of the best - buy it and enjoy a weekend at home.
I agree with the previous reviewer about the writing (especially the over-use of "And...", which was particularly noticeable), but a more important flaw for me was a number of events that were not 100% believable. A commander deserting his post to go on what looked like a wild-goose raised my eyebrows, then the stakes were raised with a successful plot against one who has been potrayed as the unbeatable master of intrigue - who would surely have seen it coming, and finally there's a disastrously mis-timed invasion (launched just *before* the defending army is due to sail away to a distant war of its own).
For all my criticisms, this is still a wonderful book that stands head-and-shoulders above the vast majority of fantasy writing. There are some interesting new characters, as well as a few old ones more fully fleshed out. There's another thumpingly exciting chariot race. Crispin's unfolding emotional recovery and romantic entanglements (he must have had something very special to attract so many high-born and desirable women!) also make a pleasant story: I was truly glad for him when things turned out better than he could ever have believed.
The story described in 'Sailing to Sarantium' is continued in this volume. Guy Gavriel Kay continues with the same strong characters who develop further and intriques are spun out; all leading up to several powerful concluding scenes. In this second volume there are even traces that hint to magical aspects in 'The Lions of Al Rassan'. 'Lord of Emperors' is a good sequel, and everybody who enjoyed reading the first volume, should also read this volume. Find out what will happen to Crispin, Valerius and his Empress, Queen Gisel, and all the other characters. It completes the mosaic...
In order to avoid being bound by the detail of history, Kay renames Byzantium 'Sarantium', changes many details (Chrisitanity is replaced by another middle-eastern mystery religion, somewhat mithraic in its forms), introduces some magical elements, and by doing so makes a transparent pretence that this is a fantasy place in a fantasy world. It's not, not really; but the conceit does not get in the way of the story telling at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review is for both books of the Sarantine Mosaic (Sailing to Sarantium & Lord of Emperors.)
It came as a suprise to me to find that, after several standalone books,... Read more
The Lord of Emperors is the second book in the series the Sarantine Mosaic. Guy Gaveriel Kay provides a rich back drop to his story centering on the main character the mosaicist... Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2010 by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful, captivating, magical story happening in a Byzantine-style world. I grew up in Istanbul (called Constantinople before 15th century) so the world Kay created... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2008 by Yaz
I am not normally moved to write reviews however, this novel and its predecessor 'Sailing to Sarantium' surely deserve it. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2005 by Louisa Hosafcioglu
For those not familiar with Kay's work this series, in my own view, is the end product of an evolution as a writter and story teller for Kay. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2004 by Paulo Jorge Especial Luís