Author Archives: Deborah Meghnagi

From Tapestry to Mosaic: The Fantasy Novels of Guy Gavriel Kay

A dialogue between Christopher Cobb and Mary Anne Mohanraj This article appears courtesy of Mary Anne Mohanraj and Christopher Cobb, and first appeared in Strange Horizons ezine. ___________________________________________________ Guy Gavriel Kay, one of the major fantasy authors of our time, … Continue reading

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Reviews of Ysabel

This page contains reviews from the following in order: The Agony Column, Alternative Reality Web Zine, The Globe and Mail, Orson Scott Card’s Web Zine, Blog Critics, Bookslut, Fantasy & Science Fiction From Fantasy to Slipstream Review by Rick Kleffel … Continue reading

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Reviews of The Sarantine Mosaic

1: Sailing to Sarantium Review by Dena Taylor The Edmonton Journal Dark Moon Rising E-Zine Review by Kate Nepveu Barnes & Noble Strange Horizons New York Review of Science Fiction SF Reviews.Net Victoria Hoyle of Eve’s Alexandria 2: Lord of … Continue reading

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Reviews of The Lions of Al-Rassan

This page contains reviews from: Quill & Quire The Edmonton Journal The Washington Post Book World Fantasy and Science-Fiction Magazine SFX Magazine Review by Michelle Sagara (Michelle West) for Quill & Quire History sometimes seems too small a smithy for … Continue reading

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Reviews of The Last Light of the Sun

This page contains reviews from the following: Emerald City Challenging Destiny The Washington Post The Toronto Star The Edmonton Journal The Quebec Sun (in French) Le Devoir (in French) Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Review by Cheryl Morgan for her online … Continue reading

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GGK’s note on reviews

There have, of course, been negative reviews over the years, too. I thought of urging Deborah Meghnagi to include some, but it seemed both masochistic and a little bit ‘cute’. Most of the time what this author (any author?) wants … Continue reading

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Reviews of The Fionavar Tapestry

This page contains the following reviews: Douglas Barbour for the Malahat Review Charles de Lint for Fantasy Review Matthew Winslow for the Green Man Review The Malahat Review The Darkest Road is the third volume of Guy Gavriel Kay’s The … Continue reading

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Reviews of A Song for Arbonne

Fantasy from on High Review by Douglas Barbour, for ‘Books in Canada’ What makes Guy Gavriel Kay the most interesting writer of high fantasy around today is his willingness and ability to explore new territory in each new book. Having … Continue reading

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Polish review of Tigana – translated

BY RaF Tigana… The forgotten name of a forgotten kingdom. But this kingdom still existed not so many years ago. Is human memory so fragile? Probably not. Not in these kind of matters. Nevertheless nobody knows anything at all about Tigana. … Continue reading

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Polish review of The Fionavar Tapestry – translated

BY Jacek Dukaj Yet another fantasy trilogy, I thought, picking up The Summer Tree, the first tome of The Fionavar Tapestry, by Guy Gavriel Kay, an author completely unknown to me. The note about the author said he is a … Continue reading

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Reviews of Beyond this Dark House

On this page, Reviews from: Quill & Quire Locus Magazine SFSite Emerald City Rambles A Leap in the Dark David Fraser Review by Robert Wiersema for Quill & Quire Canny readers can be forgiven for being suspicious of a slim … Continue reading

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GGK’s Later Novels: The History behind the Books

This summation appears courtesy of Mary Anne Mohanraj and Christopher Cobb, and first appeared in Strange Horizons ezine. Each of Kay’s later novels is patterned after a different southern European culture and its history. The story in Tigana is modeled … Continue reading

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French review of Tigana – translated

Tigana has above all else a particular flavour. It has a unique atmosphere, built up of little nothings that suffice to make this fantasy world, baroque in inspiration and based on the Italian Renaissance, endearing. Tigana is also pervaded by … Continue reading

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GGK’s note re Douglas Barbour

A few writers and reviewers seem to have tracked my entire career. Douglas Barbour of the University of Alberta, poet, academic, immensely knowledgeable about sf and fantasy, was probably the first to comment in a substantial literary journal – which … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from The Wandering Fire (Book 2 of Fionavar)

Passage from chapter eleven of The Wandering Fire The hunt started with the sunrise. The sky was a bright blue overhead, and the early rays of sunlight glittered on the snow. It was milder too, Dave thought, as if somehow … Continue reading

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Press Release: Zwick Feeds the Lions

This press release was just issued today (January 20th 2005), first appearing in Variety Magazine. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days. Warner Bros. has attached Ed Zwick to direct period epic “The Lions of Al-Rassan,” an … Continue reading

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Chartoff Productions and Ravinett Productions to adapt The Last Light of the Sun

Chartoff Productions and Ravinett Productions announced today that they have entered into an agreement with author Guy Gavriel Kay to have him adapt his bestselling novel, The Last Light of the Sun for the screen. Kay will serve as a … Continue reading

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Reading Passages Overview

Bright Weavings: The Worlds of Guy Gavriel Kay – News   2014 October 9: The Fionavar Tapestry, Tigana, and the poems of Beyond This Dark House have joined all GGK’s other titles as ebooks in the United States. September 20: … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from Tigana

From Chapter Eight of Tigana Dianora could remember, with jagged, sharp-edged clarity, the first time she’d called her home Lower Corte. They all could, all the survivors: it was, for each of them, a moment embedded like a fish hook … Continue reading

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Reading Passages from Sailing to Sarantium (Book 1 of The Sarantine Mosaic)

Filmed reading of a passage read by GGK Click here to view. Passage from Chapter One of Sailing to Sarantium He came to, slowly, and gradually became aware of painful, flickering light and the scent of perfume. Not lavender. His … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from Lord of Emperors (Book 2 of The Sarantine Mosaic)

Passage from Chapter One of Lord of Emperors Rustem of Kerakek, son of Zorah, sat cross-legged on the woven Ispahani mat he used for teaching. He was reading, occasionally glancing up to observe his four students as they carefully copied … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from Lord of Emperors (Book 2 of The Sarantine Mosaic)

This extract was printed at the end of Sailing to Sarantium in the HarperPrism American edition. C H A P T E R I I Pardos had never liked his hands. The fingers were too short, stubby, broad. They didn

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Reading Passage from The Lions of Al-Rassan

Filmed reading of a passage read by GGK Click here to view. Passage from Chapter Five of The Lions of Al-Rassan He had lost his hat at some point, and during the period of walking north one of Garcia de … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from Ysabel

From Chapter Five of Ysabel Inside the café, the man in the grey leather jacket, two tables over from where they’d been, puts down his newspaper. There is no need to hide his face any more. He might possibly have … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from The Summer Tree (Book 1 of Fionavar)

Passage from chapter eight of The Summer Tree There had been light, now there was not. One measured time in such ways. There were stars in the space above the trees; no moon yet, and only a thin one later, … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from River of Stars

From Chapter Eight of River of Stars Early morning they crossed the Great River in a fine rain, listening to geese overhead, though they couldn’t see them. A calm hour, the river so wide the northern bank appeared only when … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from The Last Light of the Sun

GGK comments: I’ve used different reading passages from Last Light over the period since it came out. On the last several occasions, however, what follows has been my preference and I suspect I’m likely to stay with it. I like … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from The Darkest Road (Book 3 of Fionavar)

Passage from chapter six of The Darkest Road For a long time Coll of Taerlindel at the helm of his ship had fought the wind. Tacking desperately and with a certain brilliance across the line of the southwesterly, he struggled … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from A Song for Arbonne

from Chapter One Hirnan, threading his way around roots and under branches, finally struck a rough east-west track in the wood and Blaise drew a calmer breath again. He was surprisingly conscious of where they were. Not that he had … Continue reading

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NoveList Reading Guide for Ysabel

Reproduced with kind permission from NoveList. Summary: In Provence, the past does not lie quietly. Fifteen-year-old Ned Marriner discovers the truth of this adage the hard way when he encounters a mysterious man inside the Saint-Sauveur cathedral in Aix-en-Provence. Ned … Continue reading

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Press release: Sunburst Award for Under Heaven

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** SUNBURST AWARD ANNOUNCES THE 2011 ANNUAL SUNBURST AWARD WINNERS OF ITS $1,000 LITERARY PRIZE Toronto, Ontario (September 15, 2011) The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2011 adult award is Under … Continue reading

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Press release: Sunburst Award nomination for Lord of Emperors

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** The Sunburst Award committee is pleased to announce the following short list of books for its first annual presentation: BEFORE WINGS by Beth Goobie MIDNIGHT ROBBER by Nalo Hopkinson LORD OF EMPERORS by Guy Gavriel Kay THE … Continue reading

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Lyrics to The Summer Tree by Jes Perry

The Summer Tree – words and music by Jes Perry   Monster of love Come clip my spreading wings Bind me to that post, to the Summer Tree Horned spirit, snakes entwined The serpents kiss is on your wrists, Love … Continue reading

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About the music of “Bright Weaving”

By Martin Springett   I wrote my first piece of Guy Kay-inspired music after the publication of The Summer Tree twenty years ago. It was a setting of Rachel’s song, which graced this site until fairly recently, so it seems … Continue reading

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A Song for Arbonne

When the wind that comes from Arbonne Sweeps north across the mountains, Then my heart is full again, even in far Gorhaut, Because I know that spring has come to Tavernel and Lussan, To the olive groves above Vez

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Rachel’s Song

Love, do you remember My name? I was lost In summer turned winter Made bitter by frost. And when June comes December The heart pays the cost. The breaking of waves on a long shore In the grey morning the … Continue reading

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Ode to Fionavar by Simon Fraser

Ode to Fionavar by Simon Fraser Taken, on whim, to celebrate Five decades of the agèd king, Five friends crossed over (one thought lost), The devoirs of a world to bring. The land is scorched: relentless drought, Erosive war, ephem’ral … Continue reading

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In Fionavar, by Emma Melville

  In Fionavar, shamen sleep, walk the path of dreams In the night he learnt to see And his vision ran most true From the day they took his eyes In the dark of his chosen night Light freed by … Continue reading

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Music from the books

Martin Springett is not only a talented artist who created the first worldwide covers of the three books of GGK’s The Fionavar Tapestry, he is also a musician who has written melodies based on songs and themes within GGK’s books, … Continue reading

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Fionavar Book Cover Cakes

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‘Defiance’ (Jennifer’s Song) by Joy Green

Defiance (Jennifer’s Song) You hold me in the darkness And bind me to your will You torture me completely Is my agony a thrill? You look into my centre And befoul all you find You sear my soul and body … Continue reading

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Darien’s Song by Joy Green

Darien’s Song The loneliest creature on all of the earth Cursed by his power, cursed by his birth Who knows his destiny, who knows his worth? Balanced between Light and Dark Born to be random, a thread floating wild By … Continue reading

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Lyrics to ‘Ceinwen’s Bow’ by Talis Kimberley

Come Lay Me Down Come lay me down beneath the moon/s* My mind will wander to the ruin Where rivers failed to make it through And lions failed to protect you Come lay me down beneath the stars As cruel … Continue reading

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‘Ceinwen’s Bow’ Lyrics

by Talis Kimberley Night, and the holy hunter rides: And the stars stand still and the pale moon hides And the brave deer run, but the King Stag knows He will fall at the end to Ceinwen’s Bow Here where … Continue reading

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Brightly Woven Prince

by Joy Green When I think of him, I think of laughter Insouciant and wild A thoughtless daring, care-for-nothing Fearless as a child When I think of him, I think of a garden The heavy scent in the glade The … Continue reading

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Bertran’s Song

Even the birds above the lake Are singing of my love, And even the flowers along the shore Are growing for her sake. All the vines are ripening And the trees come into bud, For my love’s footsteps passing by … Continue reading

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‘Beacon’ – Kevin’s Song

by Joy Green It seems to me I wander Aimless, pointless Drifting where the tide takes me away Knowing that there has to be A reason out there waiting, Waiting for me to find it, some day And when I … Continue reading

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Song of the Baelrath

by Joy Green I come from worlds and worlds away You do not know my name You call me “Seer” for my task You answer to my flame Chorus And I will call you as I need By the wand’ring … Continue reading

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