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A Brightness Long Ago [Epub] ➝ A Brightness Long Ago ➢ Guy Gavriel Kay – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 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 ambitionIn a chamber overlooking the A Brightness MOBI :Ú 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 BeastDanio'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 placeUnforgettable 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 leader decadent than devout; and affecting all these lives and many two larger than life mercenary commanders lifelong adversaries whose rivalry puts a world in the balanceA 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.

10 thoughts on “A Brightness Long Ago

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    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 be painted on the walls of great houses and whose names will not be enshrined in history Those who will not be extoled for what they’ve done nor will they be cursed either because no one will remember their courage or their tenacity or their humility and the last vestiges of their lives will simply be swept from the floor with the dust and the lintGuidanio Cerra the only son of a tailor is such a person and A Brightness Long Ago is the tale of his youth and the few things still snarling in the rapidly fraying cobweb of his memoryDanio’s life would have been replaced by a tyranny of indistinguishable days if it weren’t for a happenstance a venturesome choice and something perilously akin to fate that fixed him to a world he felt only halfway inside of Across worlds his life collides with that of Adria Ripoli when as a young man he was serving as a court official's assistant and recognized her the daughter of a duke when she came to assassinate The Beast—a count known for his perverse whim of summoning children to his room to hurt them The night A Brightness Long Ago begins instead of shouting alarm Danio stiffens into silence and helps the fearless Ripoli heir fleeDanio and Adria are not apart long enough to know the shape of each other’s absence Some months later Danio winds up in the company of men whose glory could scrape the stars hard as granite one of which is Adria’s uncle Folco d’Acorsi a feared mercenary leader and the other is his fierce enemy Teobaldo Monticola Danio is a child of Batiara—a dangerous place then where you met monsters as often as friends—and he knew a boast of power when he saw it but nothing could have divulged how these encounters would awaken a dimension in him he never knew existed that he would be hurled unwary into a tale far ambitious than he would have been allowed in life had he timorously traced his way back home and let Adria Ripoli become nothing than a fragmented image flittering at the edge of his memory I 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 With his invigoratingly hard to classify new novel A Brightness Long Ago Kay has crafted something audacious he refreshingly tells delicate fervent small human stories about names whose significance would be otherwise meaningless lost in the annals of history those whose lives would burn onto the shadows like an afterimage of the sun And I loved itThe novel breezes by at a leisurely pace and the story takes its sweet time getting to the good stuff The unhurried pacing could be frustrating for readers who reuire propulsive plots but where the novel lags the writing than makes up for it A Brightness Long Ago coasts past its minor weaknesses on the strength of Kay’s evocative storytelling His prose is exuisite yet never extravagant—the kind of potent poetic writing that you hardly notice for how it flows across the pageKay is also skilled at conveying place and people and while the reader is only privy to the small corners—distant and blurred—that the author introduces us to through his characters the sheer amount of history the sense of scope and the shadow crumbs he summons for us to creep after—they all unveil a vicious grace and a deft sure hand The author’s depiction of Batiara—his analogue of Renaissance era Italy—is shadowy and lush and the way he embroils his characters within its sweeping brutal imposing political realities is progressively gripping and suspenseful It left me very keen to read of his books in order to catch glimpses of his whirling imaginationThe latter section of the book especially overflows with life Kay slowly smartly braids his multiple storylines right up to the rattling conclusion A chain of mishaps and revelations ensues which shook the foundation of the story and rendered me speechless shaking my head back and forth like a weight on a string my heart beating in alternating hope and despairBut the core of A Brightness Long Ago’s strength is its characters Kay’s infallible ability to assume his characters’ voices to slip into their skins brings the melancholy undertow of the novel into a sharper focus The author peoples this tale with a dizzying range of characters and his biggest triumph lies in the manner in which he renders each antecedent event an unfamiliar terrain made anew by every new perspective he introduces My only ualm however is that the freuent delirious swapping between characters often multiple times mid chapter was markedly hard to get used to Danio and Adria are two of multiple narrators and with the exception of Danio—who speaks in the first person—their stories are told in alternating third person narratives without any signposting of who they are to help the reader discern their voicesLuckily the way A Brightness Long Ago revels in its subversion and Kay’s choice to interrogate the tropes used to define what a “hero” is—as well as our underlying need to ask it—is enough to forgive It’s also doubtless a testament to the uiet sureness of his voice and vision This novel is in many senses a statement about how heroes don't always fit our definitions nor should they and that's what sung to me the mostThis is the story of the people who were still learning the world and their places in it when they found themselves entangled in these lies and games of power It’s the story of courageous women who dared to break the mold of what’s expected of them and the upright young men with fire in their bones It’s about choices that are like the leap from a waterfall events with a fierce kismet feel—a little too coincidental to be entirely coincidences—and “the random spinning of fortune’s wheel” It’s about the uiet tremulous achievements of the people whose names will not persevere against the relentless onslaught of time but who nonetheless left a mark upon the face of the world The author allows his storytelling to invest these tales with greater and greater vitality which culminates in a deeply thoughtful and contemplative work of fiction  So many stories that can be told in and around and braided through the one we are being given Don’t we all know that stories can be sparks leaping from the bonfire of an offered tale to become their own fire if they land on the right ground if kindling is there and a light breeze but not a hard wind? A Brightness Long Ago is an incredibly rewarding read and I suspect readers will not only be riveted by the book’s genre bending structure but its boldness in telling the necessary stories of those who even when they are brave their experiences important are often relegated to the sidelines the shadowlands

  2. Robin Hobb Robin Hobb says:

    This will be longer than my usual review because I have a lot to say And I will attempt not to do spoilersFirst 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 himSo 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 storyFantasy 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 persons in a time rather like the Renaissance If you love those times it will add to your enjoyment of the book If you knowledge of that place and time is limited or non existent don't worry It doesn't matter This is a book about people The fantasy element is a subtle flavoring as in a delightful cake where you can't uite identify what you are tasting but you enjoy it Some of the people you will meet may seem trivial to the plot Why are you telling us about this shoemaker? Because Kay knows that at heart we are all little people in the greater story we live in Even the most puffed up and important of us will be a tiny note in history a few hundred years from now Yet each of us as my Fool would remind us all changes the world every day So it is with these characters Painted vividly these characters are each the main characters in their own stories Each of them diverts the seuence of events into a slightly different track Chance encounters become fate Of these characters Guidanio is arguably the most important He is our guide to that brightness long ago although he is not always the speaker in the tale Like the bits of glass in a kaleidoscope each character shakes the tube and we see the brightness shine through their opinion of what really happened Events turn and spin as we regard them from multiple angles And finally my favorite pages in the ARC are 240 243 I don't know if the pages will have the same numbering in the final hardback but I suspect most of you will know what I loved when you encounter it If you've been reading Guy Gavriel Kay for years then this book will bring an added richness to that experience IF this if your first book by Kay don't hesitate to dive into the tale at this point You will not feel confused nor excluded from the larger story lines that others will see

  3. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Extraordinarily profound complex lyrical and moving storytelling that deserves far than 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 disparate set of characters and their lives that emerge to give us shifting perspectives with an interlinked and overlapping web of connections in this story of love ambition the rise and fall of influential characters human impulses and fateThis is set in Batiara a version of Italy in the early Renaissance evoked through a richly textured subtle and delicate world building The novel opens on a explosive note Danio Cerra is now an old man reflecting on his memories of his earlier youth in the most turbulent of times Danio was a tailor's son whose intelligence secured him entry to a school of privilege and mixing in circles that would ordinarily be out of reach for those of his social status and which is to place him in a powerfully dangerous milieu This leads him to the court of the Count the beast and his fateful encounter with the feisty and noble Adria Ripoli on the verge of assassinating the beast Adria challenges her role and expectations of her to live and do what she wants to do He comes to find himself in close contact with Teobaldo Monticola and Folco Cino intense rivals and mercenary commanders Vibrant pictures of minor and fringe characters such as that of Jelena the healer have their own unexpected importanceGabriel Gavriel Kay's epic and expert storytelling makes the kind of impact that left me admiring his considerable talents as a writer He is astute and remarkable compassionate in his humanity in capturing an era and a place with insights that can be applied to our world today He spins a thought provoking tale that is than the sum of its parts creating an enthralling compelling and charismatic set of characters the important yes but the greater focus on the marginal people that cannot fail to capture the reader's interest This made for an indelible exhilarating and memorable reading experience which I recommend highly to those looking for something different with depth Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC

  4. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Amazing book This is really an excellent historical novel with just a trace of fantasy If you haven't read one of GGK's recent novels you owe it to yourself to give him a try Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureGuy 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 a elusive 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 his musings on life and its meaningWe like to believe or pretend we know what we are doing in our lives It can be a lie Winds blow waves carry us rain drenches a man caught in the open at night lightning shatters the sky and sometimes his heart thunder crashes into him bringing the awareness he will dieWe stand up as best we can under that We move forward as best we can hoping for light kindness mercy for ourselves and those we love A Brightness Long Ago like most of his recent novels is what Kay aptly describes as “history with a uarter turn to the fantastic” It’s a preuel of sorts though a stand alone read to his eually excellent 2016 novel Children of Earth and Sky set some twenty five years before the events of that novel in a slightly fantastical version of Renaissance Italy here called Batiara I spent time than I should have researching to figure out the real life counterparts of all the cities and historical characters that play a role in this story Seressa is Venice Rome is Rhodias Sarantium is Constantinople and so forth Inspired by the feud between historical figures Federico da Montefeltro and Sigismondo Malatesta two great military leaders Kay tells of the clashes ― both military and personal ― between Folco Cino lord of Acorsi and Teobaldo Monticola lord of Remigio Their lives and that of Folco’s niece Adria a rebellious duke’s daughter are seen through the eyes of Guidanio Danio Cerra the son of a tailorDanio who narrates most of the tale as the reminiscing of an older man is chosen to receive an education with the children of nobility because of his intelligence and uickness raising him far above his humble beginnings After finishing his schooling he obtains a position in the palace of Count Uberto known as “the Beast” for his violent and even murderous sexual proclivitiesThere were stories of youthful bodies carried out through the smaller palace gates in the dark dead and marred And good men still served him ― making their peace with our god as best they couldBalancing acts of the soul Acuiescence happens than its opposite ― a rising up in anger and rejection There are wolves in the world inside elegant palaces as well as in the dark woods and the wildBut Falco admittedly for his own self serving reasons and his niece Adria have concocted a scheme to bring Uberto down They set Adria up in a farmhouse outside of the city and eventually almost inevitably word of the attractive farm girl comes to Uberto and she is summoned to his palace When Danio sees Adria being brought to Uberto’s suite of rooms and recognizes her as the duke’s daughter who once visited his school that recognition could be deadly to either Danio or Adria Or it might prove of immeasurable benefit to both of them A Brightness Long Ago follows Danio and Adria Folco and Teobaldo and others through the next year or two as their lives touch and separate and then interweave again Adria is a particularly bright spark a spirited and courageous young woman who is doing her best to live a life outside of the normal restrictions on noblewomen though she knows the freedom she’s found can only be for a limited time Doors of opportunity open and then close Her participation in a particularly unusual horse race in Bischio is a high point in the story where multi layered plans and schemes of various characters collide in a truly spectacular wayIn his narration Danio freuently comments on “the random spinning of fortune’s wheel” and how chance occurrences can affect the entire direction of our lives Our lives aren’t always in our control But he realizes that personal choices have an eual impact on the path of our livesFortune’s wheel might spin but you could also choose to spin it see how it turned where it took you and she was still young and this was the life she wanted Kay weaves a pleasurably complex tale with a large cast of characters but these characters are so vividly drawn and memorable that I never got confused Kay’s storytelling evinces understanding and sympathy for even deeply flawed characters even those who served the Beast and were aware of the terrible things he did to innocent youthsI think it is the best thought I have that he was devoted to the idea of being loyal in a world with little of that That a man needed to drop an anchor somewhere declare a truth find a harbour Perhaps in the darkest times all we can do is refuse to be part of the darknessIn his later years Danio recalls the unforgettable characters from this time in his youth who still shine as bright torches in his memory Their brightness will linger in mine as well I received a free copy of this novel for review from the publisher through NetGalley Thank you so muchContent notes A few scattered F bombs; a mildly explicit sex scene; attempted sexual assault

  5. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    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 wowthis book hard to pigeonhole and contextualize all that it isgrabbed me by my shirt excited and horrified me at the same time I was so ‘not’ confident of what I was reading I had to read parts of the beginning twice to make sure I wasn’t making shit up myself I wasn’t But shit was happening fast Not a moment wastedI lost hours of sleep transported in this fantasy world Batiara Renaissance Italy with ongoing turbulence uproarMy friend Angela says”sometimes books are all about the writing”Wellthe writing of this epic fantasy historical fiction is gorgeous Much to reflect on and be in ‘aw’This book is adventurous emotional on every human level reflective powerful tragic political violent romantic with many characters but a few of the key characters really stand outRight away I felt ‘attached at the hip’ with Adria daughter of Duke Ripoli in Maceraso much so I missed her when she wasn’t in scenes The other female I loved was a healer named Jelena The main character Guidano Cerra is well educated a tailors son we follow his life through his distinguished school to a job he takes in the court of a duke known as The Beast We also meet Danio Cerraevil and holyhe is looking back on his youth The storytelling is non stop and complex so beautiful with much admiration for the author’s accomplishments Filled with boundless imaginative energy

  6. Celeste Celeste says:

    I received this book electronically via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and at Novel Notions “I 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 novel is somewhere between historical fiction and low fantasy and Kay straddles that divide with great finesse“Perhaps it is true of every life that times from our youth remain with us even when the people are gone even if many many events have played out between where we are and what we are remembering”Danio is one of the lucky youths who despite low birth are chosen to attend a school with noble children Because of this education and a compelling personality Danio finds himself in the midst of history in the making throughout his life whether in the form of being present during an assassination or witnessing a horse race that will live on in legend or standing on the sidelines as mighty men made war or truces His was an oddly calming graceful presence among larger than life personalities There was this graceful poise and sense of honor to his character that I found incredibly compelling“Life the way events actually unfold is not as precise or as elegantly devised as a storyteller can make it seem There are moments that find us like some stray dog on a country road and they may not carry significance only truth that they happened and we remember them”While Danio was the only first person perspective character we did have other perspective characters A pagan healer a wealthy second son with no head for politics an important daughter who wants nothing than to escape the life that is expected of her and live life to the very fullest a mistress yearning for legitimacy There are others as well but these are the lives that most often intertwine themselves with Danio and the two powerful men who seem to dominate this part of the world All of the characters were multifaceted and interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and change over the course of the novel The one thing each character seemed to have in common was a preoccupation with sex but from what I gather that is a common theme in Kay’s work“Shelter can be hard to find A place can become our home for reasons we do not understand We build memories that turn into what we are then what we were as we look back We live in the light that comes to us”The setting for this book is very heavily inspired by Italy as is apparent by the names of people and places given The land is made up of city states who often find themselves at war with one another So often in fact that springtime has become synonymous with war I’ve read very little set in Italy outside of Romeo and Juliet so I found the setting very thought provoking There was a horse race briefly mentioned above that was one of the most amazing seuences I’ve read I could see and hear and smell absolutely everything as if I had fallen into the pages and landed in the scene itself I believe this race with stay with me for some time which was unexpected“We live it might be said in unstable times Dramatic interesting magnificent in ways But not stable You would never say that”There are two reasons that this book didn’t receive a perfect rating from me and they’re both incredibly subjective First the central themes of the story were war romance and politics Two out of these three themes are topics that I often find myself lost in unable to focus on the intricate political movements and patterns of war While these are areas I can read past I have a difficult time enjoying a story that is made up in such large part by these components Second I believe that I would have enjoyed this story even and connected with it on a deeper level if I had read Kay’s Sarantine Mosiac I won’t explain why but I’m positive that there are plot points that would have brought me to tears if I had already developed a bond with Sarantium “Perhaps in the darkest times all we can do is refuse to be part of the darkness”Once again Kay crafted something incredibly beautiful with this story While it might not be an immediate favorite it definitely enticed me into trying of Kay’s work and soon Tigana remains my favorite book my Kay and among my favorite fantasy novels period but I now believe that Tigana won’t be the only of his works that I will come to love and cherish If you want to be transported and see how the world can be impacted by one life this is a beautiful novel to try

  7. Spencer Orey Spencer Orey says:

    This is only my second Guy Gavriel Kay book and apparently I haven't read the excellent ones yet This one seems to intentionally be about the intricate impact of minor characters on the Italian Renaissance ish setting rather than a standard story It's a mixed bag Some scenes are real page turners while some stretches get a bit repetitive I did really like the city states and their seasonal wars for territory and taxes using mercenaries and superstar commanders And the little slices of life we saw especially around horses and horse racing were lovelyPlease let me know what your favorite one of his books is so I know which one to try next time

  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 gets insistent 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 storytellingThat was always an element of his books and a powerful one when well deployed in some of them Arbonne and Tigana both come to mind but he’s obsessed with it now and frankly it’s getting in the way It’s boring repetitive and unimpressive This sort of thing made the latter part of Under Heaven and most of River of Stars pretty unreadable for me He pulled way back in the last one but now we’re back on this horse again and I nearly threw up my hands and gave up when I figured that out I don’t know why he’s doing this whether he’s too tired to make magic with the faith or energy he once did or feels like he needs to be the one to give us this message he’s learned and feels it urgently enough to push other concerns aside I don’t know I don’t know how to be clearer about this but he is not good at direct lecturing those italicized bits ugh and should stop doing it But But He’s too good for there not to be a but When he stopped being concerned about structure and being too good to do what he’s good at doing he still had it His Carnival seuence when we finally got there was wonderful as they always are Kay loves Carnival the delicious interruption to the wheel and rules of the year the possibilities of it there’s always a Carnival in his best ones And he let himself write one and it was fantastic he undercut it right after with the worst of those dreadful italic interludes though but c’est la vie He also still writes some of the only action seuences I care to read as well I skip through battle scenes in almost every book but his because they’re about character choices and suspense and really do turn on a knife’s edge when he gets going Again he let himself do something he’s good at and it sang again Shocking But there’s here than the best of his old tricks He made a surprising choice with a the fate of the major female character something he hasn’t done in awhile for me and I was uite moved by it He wrote a successful Catriana a better one A measured one I respected that I liked that the book focused on a minor character who stayed that relatively that way not a hero to be discovered to save us all This is at most a medium stakes story told by a low level functionary and bystander I don’t see a lot of those written in the high octane genre of high fantasy and I thought it was a strong choice that made some of his points better than any direct lecture would I wish he had trusted that I also liked that although sometimes he took it to almost an absurdist extreme here that affected the pacing he was still concerned as he has always been with etching out the 3D humanity of other minor characters as well And telling it in the voice of a secondary character gave us a real reason for him to remember to do that to a fault He also did a good job with bringing the story full circle by the end back to the tone of where he started The final unspooling of the thread was realistic uietly compelling and sounded like exactly what it was meant to be a man lost in powerful memories older but not old enough that he can’t still feel what it was like to be inside them And we get good interesting reasons why he won’t want to let any part of it go I will say this also I currently do not like how he is trying to make his structural points as I said I still think he’s better at adding depth to the magic than he is at deconstructing it Butthis was a better attempt at it than either of the China books or Ysabel And it’s clearly what he’s interested in writing on So if this is where he’s going regardless I’d certainly encourage him in this direction in the direction of that last chapter in the direction of choosing this smaller story in the direction of recollections and memory and trying to live in spite of it I think there’s a way to remix these ingredients take some out and make it work And I do admire evolving This is closer to where it needs to be But it’s not there yet I’d like to vanish inside one of his worlds completely one time though I miss it So I hope he gets there

  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    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 mouthSo 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 thatSo what happened? How did my second chance go?Amazingly so it seems I loved this book From start to finish the characters came to life always interested me and the place so reminiscent of Renaissance Italy simply shone and shone and shone through these pagesThe fantasy elements were totally understated The world and the characters were not I was enraptured by one of the most gorgeous lush tales of youth discovery and independence Of how he grew to admire and respect two men who were old bitter enemies of how he sidestepped and played his own role between their conflict Of a non traditional love with a woman who would always by any means possible remain independent If I sidestep some of the most beautiful scenes it's not because they were not memorable Indeed a certain assassination and a certain race will be scenes I will never forgetFar from having to push myself through this book I found that I never wanted it to endThis is one of the highest praises I can ever bestow

  10. Nicholas Eames Nicholas Eames says:

    A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO is like all of Kay’s work exuisitely 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 yet again

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