All the Seas of the World

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What to expect

‘Kay is a genius’ Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Returning to the near-Renaissance world of A Brightness Long Ago and Children of Earth and Sky, international bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay deploys his signature ‘quarter turn to the fantastic’ to tell a story of vengeance, power, and love.

On a dark night along a lonely stretch of coast, a small ship, the Silver Wake, sends two people ashore to a stony strand. Their purpose is assassination. They have been hired to do this by two of the most dangerous men alive. The consequences will affect so many lives both great and small, and possibly alter the balance of power in the world.

One of those arriving on that night strand is a woman abducted by corsairs from her home as a child, escaping that fate, that destiny, years after, now trying to chart her own course – and bent upon revenge. Another figure, on the boat, bringing it to meet the secretive landing party at the city where they are going, is a merchant who still remembers being exiled as a child with his family from their home, for their faith.

Returning triumphantly to the brilliantly evoked near-Renaissance world of his most recent novels, international bestseller Guy Gavriel Kay deploys his signature ‘quarter turn to the fantastic’ to offer listeners a wide-ranging, vividly memorable set of characters in a story of vengeance, power, and love, built around profoundly contemporary themes of exile, loss, and memory.

In a narrative of high drama, All the Seas of the World also offers moving reflections on choices, fate, and the random events that can shape our lives.

(P) 2022 Penguin Audio

Critics Review

  • Praise for Guy Gavriel Kay

  • Tragic, stirring, romantic, meticulous, comic, rueful, worldly-wise, and written in the intimate, deceptively nonchalant voice of a storyteller offering up his great gift, All the Seas of the World is classic Kay, and to this reader, at least, there can be no higher praise.

    Michael Chabon
  • Kay is a genius. I’ve read him all my life and am always inspired by his work

    Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Guy Gavriel Kay has a wonderful talent. He tells stories in an invented world that is so rich in historical echoes that I found myself smiling with pleasure as I heard the echoes, while engrossed in the story. Warmly recommended

    Edward Rutherfurd, author of China
  • History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay

    The Washington Post Book World
  • Kay is peerless in plucking elements from history and using them to weave a wholly fantastical tale

    The Miami Herald

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