♚ Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them! ♚
This Wednesday, I am reading Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay. It is expected to be published on May 10th, 2016. I had already heard of him thanks to his Fionavar Tapestry series, but hadn’t got the chance to read it yet, so when I received this other book of his, I knew I had to read it.
[Picture+summary from Goodreads]
From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.
The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.
As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…
So, in light of the summary, we can all safely assume that it’s a heavy fantasy read, à la Game of Thrones. And it is! The Holy Jad Empire, the Republic of Seressa, and all the other mentioned places that I forgot, remind me of Westeros & Inc. We follow a lot of characters, and that too reminds me of GoT, but since I love GoT so much, I don’t mind that Kay drew his inspiration from such a masterpiece. So far, I really like it!
I hope that Kay won’t fall into George R. R. Martin’s writing style – that is, non-stop descriptions and slow progress. I have yet to find a gooood, otherworldly fantasy novel that doesn’t fall in the same trap (sorry, Tolkien). Also, I reaaaally hope that Kay lives up to my expectations, action-, character- and world building-wise.
I’m still at the beginning, so it’s quite normal that it still requires a bit of effort for me to get into it, but I’m sure that’ll get fixed quickly 🙂
Thank you for reading this, and be sure to give it a try! 🙂