Book Review: Children of Earth and Sky by Gay Gavriel Kay
“Legends, if you cross their paths, could get you killed.”
Oh, yeah! Very much worth the wait. Kay spins another tale of “history with a quarter turn to the fantastic.” Large cast, strong inner voices, complex plot, many historic antecedents. All that readers expect from Kay.
“A parent who loves his children must always be a little afraid of them.”
Kay employs the age-old technique of in medias res, starting not only the book but many chapters and sections within chapters after significant action has already occurred, then filling the backstory through nonlinear plotting. Some modern readers find it hard to follow. I love it, especially as Kay employs it. I’ll read this book again, soon.
“Of course there was a spy, there was always a spy.”
The following is nitpicking, but presenting one character (only) in the present tense and all others in past kept knocking me out of the story. I have no idea why he does it, unless he fears that too many of his male characters sound the same. (They do.)
“You need luck in war, but you didn’t want to depend on it.”
Quibble: you wind a crossbow, then you slot the bolt.
“We don’t wear masks only at Carnival.”
A few thoughts on Kay’s “quarter turn to the fantastic”: Most people, not just religious people, do not accept modernism’s “What you see is what you get” materialism. Kay invites his readers to look slightly askance at the givens of western culture. “We do not understand the world. We are not made that way.” Thank you, Guy.
“We live among mysteries. Love is one, there are others.”