Tag: Guy Gavriel Kay

5 books, 5 minutes, 500 words or less: Volume 2

5 books, 5 minutes, 500 words or less: Volume 2

Once again, I find myself falling far behind on my book reviews.  I wish it wasn’t so – but 5 months of wishing hasn’t changed anything, so I’ve come to a conclusion.  It’s time for another installment of “5 books, 5 minutes, 500 words or less” (you can read the first installment here).  Let’s review the rules – I’ll review 5 books, with each review clocking in at 100 words or less, that hopefully you can read in 5 minutes or less.  (I guess that’s really kind of self evident, based on the title, huh?)  Think of it as speed dating for bok reviews.  It’s much harder than it sounds, constraining my brilliance and formidable insights to only 100 words per book, but it’s a great exercise in efficiency.  Hope you enjoy!

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Review – Ysabel

Review – Ysabel

“Ysabel” is one of the best fiction books I have read in a very long time. It is at times exciting, enlightening, and confounding. It tells a story that is steeped in history and broad emotional themes, as well as visceral and immediate to the world we live in. It is a moving examination of love, conflict, and remembrance.

I picked up the book from the bargain bin because I am a fan of the author – Guy Gavriel Kay. It has been years since I read any of his work, but from the moment my friends and I read it in high school, his book “Tigana” has been one of my top favorite books of all time. (As a side note – you should tryTigana”. It is the best example I have ever read of how complete and compelling a mythos a truly gifted author can create in the space of just one single book. There is more depth, character, emotion, and scope in that singular volume, than I have seen in some “epic” trilogies.) But enough about “Tigana” – let’s talk about “Ysabel”.

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