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The Last Light of the Sun (Northland series) (original: 2004; edição: 2005)

de Guy Gavriel Kay

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There is nothing soft or silken in the northlands, where for decades there has been bitter, bloody war between the Vikings, the Celts and the Anglo-Saxons. But times change, even in the north, and for a generation there has been peace... And yet, what has changed once can always change again... Alun ab Owyn, grieving for his brother's death at the hands of the raiders, leaves his lands to become embroiled in the politics of the great. Bern Thorkellson, punished for his father's sins, commits an act of vengeance that brings him face-to-face, across the seas, with a past he's been trying to leave behind. And the shrewd King Aeldred shores up his defences with alliances and diplomacy - and with swords and arrows. The death of a prince, the new life of an exile, and the dreams of a king will be the threads from which the tapestry is woven, and the world is changed forever...… (mais)
Membro:wonderspork
Título:The Last Light of the Sun (Northland series)
Autores:Guy Gavriel Kay
Informação:Roc Trade (2005), Paperback, 512 pages
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Etiquetas:fantasy, Canadian

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The Last Light of the Sun de Guy Gavriel Kay (2004)

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If you think of the religion of the Celtic and Anglo Saxon types presented in this book as Christianity, it rings false, but considered as some kind of Mithraic heresy it makes more sense. The difficulties of reading, and writing, historical fantasy. ( )
  muumi | Jun 20, 2021 |
A mix of loosely earth based mythologies and people in a fantasy world, with a dark feel in the background. Kay's standard issue mix of plotlines that pull together at the end, but characters are weak. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
I bought this book with a gift card that I received on graduating high school...five years ago, it took me this long to read it for reasons I cannot really explain. It sat on my shelf in the dorms, sharing space over the years with all of my text books and other "pleasure" reads that always more readily caught my interest.
I remember never getting past the first chapter every time I finally sat down to read it. I've read many of Kay's other books, twice or three times even, since purchasing this book. This Spring, with a new - far more expensive - tassel under my belt I finally got past that first chapter.
It is an engaging story, but it does lack some of the power of his other books, but I recommend it to any fantasy and even (thinly) historical fantasy fans, they will enjoy it too, even if it takes an extra degree to do it. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Loved this book. As always, Kay's writing is sterling. ( )
  grouchygrammarian | Mar 19, 2018 |
The Last Light of the Sun - Guy Gavriel Kay
Audio performance by Holter Graham
4 stars


In this fictional medieval saga, Kay’s King Aeldred of the Anglcyn is a stand-in for the historical Alfred the Great. However, the story begins with the other side of the territorial coin, with the Vikings (or Danes), which Kay mutates into the Erlings. In addition, there is the neighboring tribe of the Cyngael, place holding for the Celts. The Cyngael bring along their traditional mythology of fairies existing in a ‘half’ world which threatens the tenets of Jad, a sun god whose worshippers resemble medieval Christians.

Have you got all of that?

The amazing thing is that eventually, I did get it, all the little pieces of the story puzzle fell into place. It was a bit more difficult with this book than with some of Kay’s other books. There were too many subplots; so many that much of the resolution at the end of the book was rushed and underdeveloped.

Still, I have only minor complaints. Once again, I found that persisting with the complicated, interwoven plots of a G.G. Kay saga paid off in the end. This is essentially a tripled coming of age story. There are three young men, one from each of these warring cultures. Athelbert, son of King Aeldred; Prince Alan ab Owyn of the Cyngael; and Bern, the runaway son of the mercenary Erling, Red Thorkell. There are some interesting dynamics between the various fathers and sons and some less interesting interactions with fairies and dead people. I was engaged in the difficult lives of these young men, but this book would have been better without the supernatural element. (There was a bit of telepathy thrown in at the end that really made no sense to me.) The female characters in this book are vibrant and interesting, but they are not major players in the story. To give Kay credit, he did allow more than one of his ladies to express frustration with the restrictions of their lives.

I did have the audio performance of this book, but I gave up on it. There were too many names that sounded similar and too many plot convolutions to keep track of. Holter Graham’s fairy voice was very annoying and may be why I disliked that aspect of the book. The text provides a character breakdown of the three cultures, which I found very helpful, even necessary, to understanding the story. ( )
  msjudy | Jun 3, 2017 |
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There is nothing soft or silken in the northlands, where for decades there has been bitter, bloody war between the Vikings, the Celts and the Anglo-Saxons. But times change, even in the north, and for a generation there has been peace... And yet, what has changed once can always change again... Alun ab Owyn, grieving for his brother's death at the hands of the raiders, leaves his lands to become embroiled in the politics of the great. Bern Thorkellson, punished for his father's sins, commits an act of vengeance that brings him face-to-face, across the seas, with a past he's been trying to leave behind. And the shrewd King Aeldred shores up his defences with alliances and diplomacy - and with swords and arrows. The death of a prince, the new life of an exile, and the dreams of a king will be the threads from which the tapestry is woven, and the world is changed forever...

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