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By Guy Gavriel Kay | Comments: ( 706 ) | Date: ( Apr 04, 2020 )

In his eagerly awaited new novel, Guy Gavriel Kay turns his gaze to the northlands, brilliantly evoking the Viking, Anglo Saxon and Celtic cultures of a turbulent age.There is nothing soft or silken about the north The lives of men and women are as challenging as the climate and lands in which they dwell For generations, the Erlings of Vinmark have taken their dragon proIn his eagerly awaited new novel, Guy Gavriel Kay turns his gaze to the northlands, brilliantly evoking the Viking, Anglo Saxon and Celtic cultures of a turbulent age.There is nothing soft or silken about the north The lives of men and women are as challenging as the climate and lands in which they dwell For generations, the Erlings of Vinmark have taken their dragon prowed ships across the seas, raiding the lands of the Cyngael and Anglcyn peoples, leaving fire and death behind But times change, even in the north, and in a tale woven with consummate artistry, people of all three cultures find the threads of their lives unexpectedly brought togetherBern Thorkellson, punished for his father s sins, commits an act of vengeance and desperation that brings him face to face, across the sea, with a past he s been trying to leave behind.In the Anglcyn lands of King Aeldred, the shrewd king, battling inner demons all the while, shores up his defenses with alliances and diplomacy and with swords and arrows while his exceptional, unpredictable sons and daughters pursue their own desires when battle comes and darkness falls in the woods.And in the valleys and shrouded hills of the Cyngael, whose voices carry music even as they feud and raid amongst each other, violence and love become deeply interwoven when the dragon ships come and Alun ab Owyn, chasing an enemy in the night, glimpses strange lights gleaming above forest pools.Making brilliant use of saga, song and chronicle, Kay brings to life an unforgettable world balanced on the knife edge of change in The Last Light of the Sun.


  • Title: The Last Light of the Sun
  • Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • ISBN: 9780743484237
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible.



Comments The Last Light of the Sun

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Ok it's pretty hard for me not to be interested in something that involves Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic cultures, buuuuut I was honestly really bored throughout most of this. Everything about it was fine the writing is fine. The world and characters and everything were fine. The book and my feelings towards it are about as lukewarm as possible and that's all I have to say about that.


  • Ctgt

    Forgetting is part of our lives, my lord. Sometimes it is a blessing, or we could never move beyond loss.Guy Gavriel Kay, how do I love thee? Let me countright that might a bit over the top but I have to say Kay is one of my favorite authors so you can take that into consideration if you read on.Kay dips his toe into 8th century Anglo-Saxon, Welsh and Viking cultures using characters from each to weave together another fantastic historical fiction tale with a touch of the mystical, faeries. Char [...]


  • Kelly

    I think my love for Guy Gavriel Kay is sufficiently well known. He gets three stars on this one only because I feel it isn't up to his usual high standard. For any other author, I'd probably give it four and call it a pleasant surprise.As all his novels are, this is based on a historical area and cultural group. This time, he chose the British Isles and the Vikings, and the people who lived there before. As always, his research is impeccable. As always, his mood is beautifully drawn. The poetic [...]


  • KatHooper

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The Last Light of the Sun is another of Guy Gavriel Kay’s brilliant historical fantasies. This one blends Norse, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon histories with a bit of faerie mythos. We follow a few main characters from each of these societies as they interact with each other to shape their land and destinies. As usual in a Guy Gavriel Kay novel, we see the struggles from each perspective, so there’s no single “hero” or “villain.” We understand what m [...]


  • Jane

    The author brought together the 8th-9th century Viking/Anglo-Saxon/Welsh cultures marvellously, through the stories of protagonist[s] from each: Bern Thorkellson and his father, the exiled Thorkell Einarson of the Erlings; Prince Athelbert of the Anglcyn, and Prince Alun ab Owyn from the Cyngael. Three of these characters, ostensibly enemies, work together to prevent a revenge raid on the Cyngael farm of the man who, a generation before, had slew a famous Erling and now has his sword. Bern has b [...]


  • Wealhtheow

    Really excellent fantasy set in the medieval Europe . There’s a minor fantasy element (the fey), but the majority of the plot concerns the Vikings’ last raids on England. Exile Bern Thorkellson and his fellow mercenaries venture onto Anglcyn for plunder and glory, but waiting for them are the combined forces of King Aeldred and his Cyngael allies. The majority of the book does not concern war, but rather the inner workings of the characters’ minds and the wyrdness of Fate. The characters a [...]


  • Sandra

    Taking place in the same world as Al Rassan and the Sarantium Mosaic, the locale of this story is far north of there and a few hundred years later. A different narrator than the other Kay books I've listened to lured me to try this one in audio format. It was a good decision. As in all of Kay's books, there are several points of view and this time it seemed easier to follow than some of his other books. The picture he paints of the land and the characters is vivid and moving. The land is undergo [...]


  • KostasAt

    8/10On of the few writers from our era in the Fantasy genre, and perhaps the best one out there, that can make quality stories even through his stand-alone books is definitely Guy Gavriel Kay and this book is no exception.The story of the book, inspired by the Vikings raid in the time of Alfred the Great, is, perhaps, a bit darker than Kay’s other books as his writing is also a little tougher. But in this book he has managed to make a magical story, filled with wonderful characters that pass t [...]


  • Sarah

    I found this to be one of Kay's more challenging books. Shorter than most of the others, it seemed less substantial, somehow. Once I was engrossed in the story, it was over too soon. Still, the first time I read it, i felt it didn't stand up to his earlier work. By that point I had fallen in love with The Lions of al-Rassan, and everything else suffered by comparison.A second reading totally changed my perspective. The story is so intimate, so visceral, and I had originally expected the kind of [...]


  • MTK

    Ο Kay αυτή τη φορά τοποθετεί τoυς πολιτισμούς της Βόρειας Ευρώπης (Κέλτες, Σάξονες, Βίκινγκ) στο παράλληλο σύμπαν του με τα γνωστά θαυμάσια αποτελέσματα. Η μετάφραση του τίτλου απαράδεκτη και παράλογη, για ποιό λόγο "Το τελευταίο φως του ήλιου" έγινε "Πολεμιστές του Λυκόφωτος"; [...]


  • Margaret

    Though fantasy rather than historical fiction, Kay's books evoke different regions of medieval Europe, and The Last Light of the Sun is set in the harsh northern realms analogous to Scandinavia and England, among the Anglcyn (Anglo-Saxons), Cyngael (Welsh), and Erlings (Vikings): rather a different setting from the warm regions and courtly society of his previous (particularly the two books of The Sarantine Mosaic and The Lions of Al-Rassan. The language is beautiful, and Kay deftly interweaves [...]


  • Nikki

    Reread 30th November, 2009.I've read all the rest of Guy Gavriel Kay's fiction since I read this the first time. It's definitely not my favourite. The writing style doesn't quite seem so smooth and easy -- there's something a bit dictatorial about his writing in places in this book, so that instead of letting us make observations, he's handing them to us pre-packaged and not letting us do so much work. I don't remember that in his other books, but it struck me quite strongly, rereading The Last [...]


  • Ron

    At first I thought this was the worst Kay novel I'd read; by the end I considered it among his best.My negative opinion stemmed from the long narrative passages early in the book. They read like history texts--interesting, but not engaging. Eventually, having defined his collision courses, Kay turned up the heat and brought his story to a boil.Among modern writers of my experience, Kay is one of the best expressing the internal dialogue of his characters--the thoughts, emotions and even the erro [...]


  • boogenhagen

    Vikings - I like them, and I like GGK so this is the best of both worlds.


  • Ariana Deralte

    I wanted to like this book. It was about Vikings, early British kings, and even the fair folk for goodness sake! But time and again, whenever I was finally getting into the story or bonding with a character, GGK would pull you out of the story with either a seemingly unrelated until pages later historical aside, or comments about really obvious things like how one small choice can make a difference. Regarding the historical asides, I felt an awful lot like I was reading GGK's version of Les Mise [...]


  • Geoff

    Another good book from Guy Gavriel Kay.I enjoyed the world and the characters. I'd say these are the parts of Kay's books that I enjoy the most. I know this to be true because the first, and sometimes lengthy, part of his books seem to have little in the way of plot advancement. I tend to have no idea what's going on until about a third of the way into the book. Its all character and world setup. Regardless of this, I'm always completely into the book from the get-go.I do feel the climax of this [...]


  • Arthur

    One of the best fantasy books. It is better than Tigana imho. Tigana was sort of epic fantasy with wizards, etc. This one is a dark fantasy reminding me of Black Company by Glen Cook but in some ways it is even better. I am not very good at reviews, so I can only say that I really really liked the book. I would most definitely recommend this one. Love, death, heroes, loyalty, battles, ugliness of the war, unpredictable events and mystery. I am stunned. I never expected so much from a single volu [...]


  • Susan

    3.5, I rounded up.


  • Lanko

    Review 2: Finished the last third on 18/08/16.Opinion unchanged. I think its fine to write about the lives of people, even if they don't make life or death or world changing journeys, but I just couldn't feel emotionally affected or attached to anyone as the POVs just changed too much.Review 1: DNF ~70%(view spoiler)[First GGK and it did not work for me. Mostly it was the narrative style mixed with the characterization. There are lots of characters becoming the main POV at least once. The first [...]


  • Elizabeth McDonald

    Interestingly, though I listened to this audiobook several years ago, I had completely forgotten that I finished it - I thought I had only gotten a few hours in. It was curious how utterly I had forgotten what happened in the book. As I went through, I kept thinking, "Oh, right, I remember that!" - but didn't remember what happened next.Guy Gavriel Kay often sets his fantasy novels in altered, magical versions of real historical settings. This one worked from a theme of Vikings, Britons and Celt [...]


  • Wren Handman

    This book is absolutely beautiful. The writing is simply gorgeous, and I could not put it down. It's been awhile since I've read a traditional fantasy, and it was a nice break in stride. This book has an absolutely beautiful voice - I could not put it down. The narrative is really different; fast-paced and sort of staggering, like it's stumbling towards beauty. It was really different, and I loved it.Great plot and wonderful weaving of disparate stories into a great narrative with a satisfying c [...]


  • Jason M Waltz

    the last third earned the 4th star all on its own, otherwise this is a 3 star book for me. lyrical, fantastical, spiritual, familial, most definitely heroic, and all of these found layered upon layers. until that final third I could not say delightful though. till then much too much trying to be mystical too, which mostly was just mysterious murkiness. the heroic timber is great, evident throughout in both recollections of the past and in current deeds and choices, by both genders, multiple age [...]


  • Tim Hicks

    Not quite a good as some of his others, but still very good. I was occasionally snatched away from being lost in his magical world by stylistic things. First, Kay seems to be obsessed with the blood-eagle thing. It comes up over and over, far more than needed. Second, and this is true of most fantasy, every arrow shot in the book seems to kill its target instantly. Every one of them can shoot individual peas out of a pod at 100 paces. Third, while I have no problem with sentence fragments and th [...]


  • Kevin

    I freakin' give up on this one. There are too many other books that I want to read for me to waste any more time on this one. Following the plot and the characters is like some sort of twisted puzzle or whodunnit mystery. As a result, after 232 pages, i couldn't care less about any of the characters nor about how this convoluted story will end. The first book that i read by this author was "Under Heaven" and it was excellent in every way that this book is found wanting. It was excellent! Unfortu [...]


  • HBalikov

    The Last Light of the Sun is a work of what I would call fantastical historical fiction. My guess places it in about the same period as Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom. (see my review)Unlike Cornwell, Kay distills the essence of the period and is not hung up on the historical events of our world. His characters are all of his imagination but true to that period where Norse gods (and those they inspired) clashed with those of the South. His characters are well drawn and the plot is multi-laye [...]


  • Nico

    Once again a wonderful historical fantasy story by Guy Gavriel Kay. I absolutely love his style, the worlds he creates and his beautiful prose. GGK shows a fantastic clash of cultures, of new vs old in this Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh inspired world. Viewed through the eyes of these great characters. We see their often times opposed motivations, their struggles and self doubts, that makes a story so much richer and more enjoyable for me. GGK really knows how to tell an epic tale and I already ord [...]


  • Tom Lloyd

    Not his finest, but very good by the standards of anyone else perhaps. It took me a long time to get to know the characters and something about the structure of the plot seems to throw me off a bit, but that may have been just me being slow getting into it. By the end the prose, the sheer elegance and the (seemingly) faithful and honest level of detail had all won me over and I continue to enjoy my progress through his body of work.


  • Liviu

    A multi-layered historical fantasy in the alt-Earth cycle of the author which contains the Sarantium duology and the Lion of Al Rassan, this book is a pleasure to read; Vikings, Anglo-saxons and Welsh people in a tale of families, light magic, battles and religion. The world of the faeries and the gods is ending and the world of Jad - a Christ analogue - is starting to become dominant.


  • Margret

    3.5 stars


  • Rebecca

    Kay's work continues to be gorgeous, although I have mixed feelings about this one. I'd started to feel disappointed, then was completely shocked out of the disappointment, and ended overall satisfied. But there are still elements that I find confusing or disappointing, which gives a lower score of an otherwise excellent book.There were two different points in this book, once involving a growing love triangle and once involving an Iago-like villain, where I was convinced that I knew what was goi [...]


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