A Brightness Long Ago

A Brightness Long Ago International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay s latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on 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 ruling count and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast Danio s fate changed the moment he saw and recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count 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 place.Vivid 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 leaderdecadent than devout and, affecting all these lives and many , two larger than life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.A 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. Best Read A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • A Brightness Long Ago
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • English
  • 19 October 2018
  • 0451472985

12 thoughts on “A Brightness Long Ago

  1. says:

    This will be longer than my usual review because I have a lot to say And I will attempt not to do spoilers.First 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 him.So, 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 This will be longer than my usual review because I have a lot to say And I will attempt not to do spoilers.First 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 him.So, 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 story.Fantasy 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 Ita...

  2. says:

    Extraordinarily profound, complex, lyrical and moving storytelling that deserves farthan 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 s Extraordinarily profound, complex, lyrical and moving storytelling that deserves farthan 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 ...

  3. says:

    You know, getting emotional over fictional characters and stories was not really how I envisioned my adult life, yet here we areI currently struggle for language to adequately express my feelings about this book My head is still heavy with some fierce thing no matter how many times I sought to identify, name, I couldn t Though the story kicks into high gear from the opening sentence, the plot plods on for most of the book, and sometimes I was genuinely bored, but then moments of stark beaut You know, getting emotional over fictional characters and stories was not really how I envisioned my adult life, yet here we areI currently struggle for language to adequately express my feelings about this book My head is still heavy with some fierce thing no matter how many times I sought to identify, name, I couldn t Though the story kicks into high gear from the opening sentence, the plot plods on for most of the book, and sometimes I was genuinely bored, but then moments of stark ...

  4. says:

    On sale May 7, 2019 This is really an excellent historical novel, with light fantasy elements If you haven t read one of GGK s recent novels, you owe it to yourself to give him a try Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Guy 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 aelusive thing He takes a plot and cast of characters, o On sale May 7, 2019 This is really an excellent historical novel, with light fantasy elements If you haven t read one of GGK s recent novels, you owe it to yourself to give him a try Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Guy 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 aelusive 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 int...

  5. says:

    I received this book electronically via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review You can find this review andat Novel NotionsI 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 wh I received this book electronically via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review You can find this review andat Novel NotionsI 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 th...

  6. 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 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 wow.this book hard to pigeonhole and contextualize all that it is.grabbed m...

  7. says:

    A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO is, like all of Kay s work, exquisitely 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, y A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO is, like all of Kay s work, exquisitely 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...

  8. says:

    Guy Gavriel Kay s new book is set twenty five years before his previous Instead of a sprawling epic, the story paints three interrelated setpieces, each with a leisurely beginning, building to white knuckled tension.At the center is the hatred of two formidable mercenary captains, Folco Cino d Acorsi and Teobaldo Monticola, based on two colorful Renaissance figures Running tangentially is the story of Adria Ripoli, whose tale intersects with the occasional first person reminiscence of Guidanio Guy Gavriel Kay s new book is set twenty five years before his previous Instead of a sprawling epic, the story paints three interrelated setpieces, each with a leisurely beginning, building to white knuckled tension.At the center is the hatred of two formidable mercenary captains, Folco Cino d Acorsi and Teobaldo Monticola, based on two colorful Renaissance figures Running tangentially is the story of Adria Ripoli, whose tale intersects with the occasional first person reminiscence of Guidanio Cerra, a young man venturing into the fraught world after years of first rate education.Guidani...

  9. says:

    No matter the era, themes, characters, or plot, a Guy Gavriel Kay novel is always a marvel of narrative construction Few authors can weave a tale in quite the same way he does, building a narrative that engages the reader as effortlessly as it flows from the page, and yet which, upon further reflection, is revealed to be a thing of complex beauty.A Brightness Long Ago is a story told in offset layers, with one narrative thread overlapping another, repeatedly taking us back a step to view pieces No matter the era, themes, characters, or plot, a Guy Gavriel Kay novel is always a marvel of narrative construction Few authors can weave a tale in quite the same way he does, building a narrative that engages the reader as effortlessly as it flows from the page, and yet which, upon further reflection, is revealed to be a thing of complex beauty.A Brightness Long Ago is a story told in offset layers, with one narrative thread overlapping another, repeatedly taking us back a step to view pieces of scenes from a different point of view, before advancing further into the narrative from there It s a technique that could be jarring, disconcerting even, but in Kay s hands it enhances the story, building connections with the characters, even as it builds our appreciation for what he s accompli...

  10. says:

    We 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 die We 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 Sometimes these things come, sometimes they do not Guy Gavriel Kay s A Brightne We 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 die We 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 Sometimes these things come, sometimes they do not Guy Gavriel Kay s A Brightness Long Ago is a masterpiece perhaps the finest work of one of the world s best living storytellers.Set in the fictional nation of Batiara serving as a near proxy for 15th century Italy , Kay effortlessly drifts through a complex narrative while developing a wide cast of fully realized characters The reader experiences some of the same events thro...

  11. says:

    A beautiful meditation on how seemingly small choices can have such great consequences, and on how people who come into our lives, even briefly, can change them As Danio Cerra reflects on his life, on the great upheaval he witnessed in his youth, we see how small, impulsive decisions made by him and others brought dukes to their knees, ruined or saved whole cities, and changed the course of history This book also made me think about how much I love Guy s style Not just the achingly poetic way A beautiful meditation on how seemingly small choices can have such great consequences, and on how people who come into our lives, even briefly, can change them As Danio Cerra reflects on his life, on the great upheaval he witnessed in his youth, we see how small, impulsive decisions made by him and others brought dukes to their knees, ruined or saved whole cities, and changed the course of history This book also made me think about how much I love Guy s style Not just the achingly poetic way he describes his world, but also how Guy will take a character, a face in the crowd, and show how their lives were affected by the larger events they witnessed, even if they had no part in them A shoemaker in debt risks his last coins on a horserace, and we see how that c...

  12. says:

    New Kay, New Kay, New Kay, New Kay breath New Kay, New Kay, New Kay And another that sound super back to his roots Yes Can t wait.

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