A Brightness Long Ago

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What to expect

Internationally bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy, with an extraordinary cast of characters.

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, 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 recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count’s chambers one night – intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen a life of danger – and freedom – instead.

Other vivid figures share the story: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting these lives and many more, two mercenary commanders, 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.

(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Praise for Guy Gavriel Kay

Praise for Guy Gavriel Kay

‘The greatest living author of epic fantasy’ Brandon Sanderson

‘Contemporary fiction’s finest fantasist’ Tor.com

‘History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay’ Washington Post

‘One of the (if not the) premiere fantasists of our time’ The Financial Times

‘Compulsively readable . . . Kay is a global phenomenon . . . a storyteller on the grandest scale’ Time Magazine (Canada)

(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Critics Review

  • By making the familiar ever so slightly strange, GGK breathes new life into historical fantasy. Beautifully faceted, jewel-like scenes carry us beyond the doublets and daggers to create an emotionally charged, high-stakes world of love and hate, threat and reward.

    Daily Mail
  • The greatest living author of epic fantasy

    Brandon Sanderson
  • The finest in his field

    Tor.com
  • Believably and with great vividness, Kay recreates the past not as it was, but as it might have, perhaps should have, been

    Financial Times
  • A Brightness Long Ago is a masterpiece; perhaps the finest work of one of the world’s greatest living storytellers

    Fantasy Book Review
  • No matter what the era, the themes, the characters, or the plot, a Guy Gavriel Kay novel is always a marvel of narrative construction

    Beauty in Ruins Blog on A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO

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