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Guy Gavriel Kay

Autor(a) de Tigana

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About the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay was born on November 7, 1954 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. He became interested in fantasy fiction while working as an assistant to Christopher Tolkien. He assisted him with the editing of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. After receiving a law degree from the University of mostrar mais Toronto, he became principal writer and associate producer for the CBC radio series, The Scales of Justice. He also wrote several episodes when the series moved to television. He has written social and political commentary for several publications including the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian. His first fantasy novels were The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road, which make up the Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy. His other works include A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan, Beyond This Dark House, The Last Light of the Sun, and Under Heaven. He has received numerous awards including and the Aurora Award for Tigana and The Wandering Fire, the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Ysabel, and the International Goliardos Award for his work in the fantasy field. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana (1990) 4,933 exemplares
The Summer Tree (1984) 3,951 exemplares
The Lions of al-Rassan (1995) 3,129 exemplares
The Wandering Fire (1986) 3,063 exemplares
The Darkest Road (1986) 2,946 exemplares
A Song for Arbonne (1992) 2,675 exemplares
Sailing to Sarantium (1998) 2,520 exemplares
Ysabel (2007) 1,953 exemplares
The Last Light of the Sun (2004) 1,951 exemplares
Lord of Emperors (2000) 1,911 exemplares
Under Heaven (2010) 1,859 exemplares
River of Stars (2013) 787 exemplares
Children of Earth and Sky (2016) 733 exemplares
A Brightness Long Ago (2019) 569 exemplares
All the Seas of the World (2022) 265 exemplares
Beyond This Dark House (2003) 147 exemplares
Tigana 2 (1992) 82 exemplares
Tigana 1 (1992) 79 exemplares
The Sarantine Mosaic (2000) 59 exemplares
Sailing to Sarantium Part I (2001) 9 exemplares
Lord of Emperors Part I (2002) 8 exemplares
Sailing to Sarantium Part II (2001) 8 exemplares
Lord of Emperors Part II (2002) 6 exemplares
Faeries, N° 24 : (2007) 4 exemplares
Wielka ucieczka 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Silmarillion (1977) — Editorial assistant — 33,865 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Kay, Guy Gavriel
Data de nascimento
Canada (birth)
Local de nascimento
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Locais de residência
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Manitoba
University of Toronto
Associate Producer (radio)
writer (radio)
fantasy writer
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (2000)
Scales of Justice Award (best media treatment of a legal issue, Canadian Law Reform Commission, 1985)
Guest of Honor, Vericon, Cambridge, MA (2007)

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Guy Gavriel Kay (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible. Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When Christopher Tolkien needed an assistant to edit his father J.R.R. Tolkien's unpublished work, he chose Kay, then a student at the University of Manitoba, whose parents were friends of Baillie Tolkien's parents. Kay moved to Oxford in 1974 to assist Tolkien in the editing of The Silmarillion.

He returned to Canada in 1976 to finish a law degree at the University of Toronto, and became interested in fiction writing.

Kay became Principal Writer and Associate Producer for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio series, The Scales of Justice.

In 1984, Kay's first fantasy work, The Summer Tree, the first volume of the trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry, was published.



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Tigana Spoiler Thread: Fantasy February Group Read em 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (Fevereiro 2013)
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For Guy Kay fans em FantasyFans (Junho 2012)
Group Read (March): Guy Gavriel Kay em The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (Abril 2011)


I'm a big Kay fan, but his past few books haven't lived up to my expectations of his novels. With this one, I felt like I was reading an earlier novel - the characters were great (both good, bad, and ambiguous). Kay is usually great at making me cry at some point in his novels (Tigana, Song for Arbonne, Lions of Al-Rassan), this one just didn't have that emotional investment. There were parts that made me a bit sad, but that was it.

The story was interesting, as was the time and place it was set. Kay sucked me into the world he had created, and I wanted to keep reading to find out how the intricacies would play out. He didn't dissapoint there.… (mais)
PurplOttr | 109 outras críticas | Dec 1, 2023 |
I can't really put into words what is lacking in this novel. This was my second time reading it - I read it when it initially came out and was dissapointed, but I think it was because I read it too fast and missed much of the subtlety that is usually present in Kay's works. Apparently that wasn't the issue.

I think its the characters - they aren't remarkable or interesting or even very real. I had no emotional connection to them. When a Kay character dies, I expect to feel some emotion, and with this book I got nothing.

I also had a very unique feeling while reading this book - that I just had to finish it. It was like pulling teeth to get through it, and I usually devour Kay books.
… (mais)
PurplOttr | 50 outras críticas | Dec 1, 2023 |
Why is this my favourite book? Well, it's hard to put into words. I love the characters - each of the characters is richly drawn and full of emotion and passion. It is easy to like each one of them whether flawed, angelic, or 'evil' (except for Alberico, of course).

Kay does a fantastic job of weaving many strands of the story along their own path, but bringing them together in the end in a way you don't really see coming. I always love how he has some surprises in his novels.

I've read this book 5 or 6 times, and each time I become emotionally involved in the characters and the story. I know what is coming, and I know how the book ends, but I still stay up until midnight reading so I don't have to leave the world and the people.… (mais)
PurplOttr | 141 outras críticas | Dec 1, 2023 |
My first Kay novel, but certainly not my last. Lyrical and pensive
decaturmamaof2 | 29 outras críticas | Nov 22, 2023 |


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