Imatge de l'autor

Guy Gavriel Kay

Autor/a de Tigana

31+ obres 34,700 Membres 1,002 Ressenyes 316 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Twitter profile picture, public domain


Obres de Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana (1990) 5,003 exemplars
The Summer Tree (1984) 3,997 exemplars
The Lions of al-Rassan (1995) 3,182 exemplars
The Wandering Fire (1986) 3,081 exemplars
The Darkest Road (1986) 2,970 exemplars
A Song for Arbonne (1992) 2,702 exemplars
Sailing to Sarantium (1998) 2,546 exemplars
Ysabel (2007) 1,971 exemplars
The Last Light of the Sun (2004) 1,969 exemplars
Lord of Emperors (2000) 1,925 exemplars
Under Heaven (2010) 1,887 exemplars
River of Stars (2013) 805 exemplars
Children of Earth and Sky (2016) 749 exemplars
A Brightness Long Ago (2019) 597 exemplars

Obres associades

El Silmaríl·lion (1977) — Editorial assistant — 34,569 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Kay, Guy Gavriel
Data de naixement
Canada (birth)
Lloc de naixement
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Llocs de residència
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
Premis i honors
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)
Biografia breu
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.



Guy Kay - where to start and other discussion a The Green Dragon (abril 2013)
Tigana Spoiler Thread: Fantasy February Group Read a 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (febrer 2013)
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay: Fantasy February Group Read a 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (febrer 2013)
For Guy Kay fans a FantasyFans (juny 2012)
Group Read (March): Guy Gavriel Kay a The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (abril 2011)


Was enchanted by Under Heaven, despite not being a huge fantasy guy, so I thought I’d give some of this guy’s other work a shot. On the bright side, it reminded of why I’m not a fantasy guy? Melodramatic, clichéd, and some clunky writing took away from what was an interesting attempt at world building. The crossover part of the story felt tacked on and unnecessary. I bought all three books in the series (used) so I may yet finish the trilogy just to see more of the world and see if the writing improves with time.… (més)
miken32 | Hi ha 100 ressenyes més | Feb 11, 2024 |
Some Kay musings, after finishing his most recent book. Recommendation notes at the end.

It's been interesting watching the trajectory of Kay's work, and how I feel like we're seeing him find a tighter and tighter focus into the kinds of stories he wants to tell.

The Fionavar Tapestry was probably fresh from having helped Christopher Tolkien edit the Silmarillion. Epic Fantasy, big magic. But at the same time with a deeply-felt connection to personal, individual choices.

Tigana, The Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, he really comes into his own with the 'quarter-turn to the fantastic,' deeply inspired by history.

From the Sarantine Mosaic onwards, he has continued to travel down that path with greater and greater detail and focus on characters and their choices, spending what so much more time on this than most other writers in fantasy.

Fantasy often feels like a plot-heavy genre. It's about the things that are happening, and often the order that they're happening in, often leading to Big Events with Important People.

Kay still definitely does that; but at the same time these Important People encounter and are deeply affected by people who aren't destined to be recorded by history.

By the time we reach this, his most recent book, the 'plot' of the book consists of maybe five or six major events. In the hands of a different writer, this would only be half the novel. But Kay spends so much time exploring the moments and details that these events are heightened, not due to their 'Importance,' but in their emotional and character-specific detail.

He's referencing a world that he's built up over many books, but none of those references are required to enjoy it. They become little gifts and reminders... and they enhance a sense of reality to the setting, not because of the encyclopedic expository explanations, but because these references are obliquely made, and sometimes about events that are either very distant or seen differently.

At first I felt like I was seeing too many of Kay's 'tricks' in terms of characterizations and narrative styles, but by the time I finished the book, I've come around to feeling that like these aren't tricks, they are the ways in which Kay himself profoundly feels about stories and character.

If this is your first Kay novel, I hope you enjoy! There is absolutely nothing from a plot or background level that you're missing. (A great feature of his books is that you can start with just about any of them!)

At a writing level, it is superb. Kay's writing is often described as lyrical, but it is never overwrought of needlessly complex. The lyricism is in arrangement of the details and not in obscure language.

I will say that if you're expecting something like adventure fiction (though there is some wonderful action) or heroic fantasy (though characters make very brave choices) you will find this to be very different. It isn't constructed that way, but it is constructed very intentionally. Settle in to some intricate, finely wrought storytelling.
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JasonMehmel | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Feb 9, 2024 |
Not a review, but a series of impressions as a reader. No synopsis, here!

It feels like this book spans more space and has a wider scale than many of his other books. In some ways that creates a bit more distance from the characters but also increases the gravity of their moments.

By the end of the book so many things have happened at such a scale that it's almost breathtaking. That distance made the start of the book have slightly less momentum; meeting all these disparate characters and trying to understand how they relate, there's less of a 'what happens next' quality. But soon after these introductions, things really kick in and that momentum is now fully present. As though all the setup beforehand helps it engage into a higher gear.

Knowing how much of Kay's books rely on history, it definitely left me wanting to research more about it. Also, since it connects through history but not characters to some of his other books, it's made me want to go back through his Sarantium duo-logy, just to start!

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JasonMehmel | Hi ha 38 ressenyes més | Feb 9, 2024 |
Esmapilgul võib jääda mulje, et tegemist on täiesti klassikalise keskajal põhineva fantaasialooga, kuhu on põimitud nii seiklusi, armastust kui maagiat. Ja esmapilk ei eksi – nii ongi. Ometi on “Tiganal” oma pealtnäha lihtsa ja ladusa loo, meeldejäävate tegelaste ja nende suhete ning vapustavalt hästi joonistatud maailma taga niivõrd palju sügavamaid kihte, et raske on isegi kusagilt alustada.
Kindlasti ja eelkõige on üks kõige olulisemaid neist mälu ja mäletamise idée, mis paljude võõrvõimude all virelenud eestlastele tuttav. Üheksast sõltumatust provinitsist koosneva Laba poolsaarest poole vallutavad samaaegselt kahe naabruses asuva suurrriigi kaks võimast võlurit. Neist ühe – Brandini – poeg hukkub lahingutes Tigana maakonna vallutamisel ning karistuseks kustutab raevunud võlur maakonna ja tema pealinna – valgete tornide Avalle – Laba elanike mälust. Seda jäävad mäletama vaid need, kes on Tiganas sündinud. Maakonna hing on hävitatud ja sellest on jäänud vaid valutav haav aastate möödudes aina vähemate inimeste mälus.
Kui lugeja kohtub järjest raamatu peategelastega – rändmuusikuted, kaupmehed, võlurid, ülikud, röövlid – ja hargnevad lahti nende lood, on võib lausa füüsiliselt tajuda inimeste ängi, mis lõpuks defineerib nende saatused. Ja ka nende omad, kes on end nendega sidunud.
Lisaks mälule räägib lugu valikutest ja saatusest: nii sellest, et saatus on meie enda teha, kui ka sellest, et tee võib olla ette määratud. Üht sellistest liinidest esindab ilmselt kõige tugevamalt legendaarsete vee-elanike riselkade ja Brandini liignaise Dianora traagiline liin. Dianora on langenud Tigana kuninga skulptori tütar, kes oma päritolu varjates on kättemaksu nimel suutnud pääseda võluri saišani – haaremisse – ja saanud tema lemmiknaiseks. Kuid naine armub türanni, leiab vastuarmastuse ja tema elu on rebitud kaheks kohustuse ja armastuse vahel. Ehk veidi kunstlikult, aga igati loosse sobivalt leiab ta nõu riselkalt, kes näitab talle tema saatust. Kuid valikud, kuidas sinnamaale jõuda, peab ta tegema ise.
Siiski on maagial raamatus teisejärguline roll, mis ei tõuse kordagi – isegi võtmeolukordades, domineerima tegelaste valikute, otsuste ja valikute üle, mis ilmselt ongi see, mis muudab loo nii paeluvaks. Kay meisterlikkus inimeste kujutamisel, nende ambivalentsus ja must-valgete toonide puudumine domineerib nii süžee kohatise takerdumise kui mõningate üsna põhjendamatult sissetoodud tegelaste osas (Alienor).
Kindlasti on “Tigana” üks neist ramaatutest, mida võib lugeda terve elu – lapsena nautides seiklusi, kangelaste vaprust ja romantilisi line, vanemana haarates teose sügavamaid kihte ja traagikat. “Tigana” on “fantaasia”kirjandus selle sõna kõige tõelisemas mõttes – hea kirjandus, millest sageli võib vaid fantaseerida.
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sashery | Hi ha 142 ressenyes més | Jan 29, 2024 |


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