Dimensions:8.25in x 5.26 x 0.94 in | 0.74 lb
Page Count:448 pages
BESTSELLING AUTHOR, AT HOME AND ABROAD: Kay is a #1 internationally bestselling author, with over three million copies of his books in print around the world, in more than 25 languages.
IRRESISTIBLE SETTING: This sweeping tale is set in the world of Kay’s beloved Sarantium novels and of Children of Earth and Sky, inspired by the drama and colour of Renaissance Europe.
STANDALONE NOVEL: It takes place in the same world as Children of Earth and Sky but features entirely new characters and storylines.
BASED ON EXTENSIVE REAL-WORLD RESEARCH: His novels appeal to fans of historical fiction (like fans of Bernard Cornwell and Edward Rutherfurd) as well as fantasy (like fans of David Mitchell and Lev Grossman)
READER’S GUIDE: We will be posting a Reader’s Guide to our website for book clubs and librarians to access.
FILM: The production company behind the hit show Orphan Black has optioned Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry series.
FINALIST for the Aurora Award for Best Novel 2020
FINALIST for the Locus Award for Fantasy Novel 2020
Praise for A Brightness Long Ago:
"A Brightness Long Ago is, like all of Kay’s work, exquisitely crafted and deeply moving. By turns beautiful and bittersweet, it tells the story of small people caught in the current of world-shattering events, and of the ripples they make that are sometimes—but not always—lost in the flow of history. His most compelling characters are those found lingering near the frame of a famous portrait, or rendered, almost as an afterthought, in glass and stone. Guy Gavriel Kay has written a masterpiece, yet again.” —Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
"A new Guy Gavriel Kay novel is always occasion for rejoicing—and this dazzling adventure is a diamond-bright jewel."
—Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault
"An epic tale filled with characters compelling enough to bear the weight of the high stakes."
“It is, as it always is in Kay’s novels, a dynamic equilibrium between the forces of history and the pain of the soul”
—The Toronto Star
“Living, as we are, in a world that seems beyond the capacity for shock, A Brightness Long Ago is a beautifully told counterpoint.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Kay’s settings may change, but the main themes in all his books are who controls historical memory (political power or artistic works) and the role of contingency in human affairs.”
“Like all of Kay’s work, the novel is worth reading as much for the plot and characters as for the fantasy world it occupies, which is as richly detailed as a Bosch painting.”
“A thoughtful read, full of heart. As with any Kay book, there is beauty of language and intelligent observations. This is a book to be savored...This is a book that I will continue to think about for days to come.”
—Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin’s Fate
“A beautiful meditation on how seemingly small choices can have such great consequences, and on how people who come into our lives, even briefly, can change them.”
—Jessica Day George, New York Times bestselling author of Silver in the Blood
“A Brightness Long Ago is a masterpiece; perhaps the finest work of one of the world’s greatest living storytellers…This story is shocking, devastating, and beautiful. Kay’s language is elegant in its simplicity, yet painstakingly profound as it cuts to the core of what makes us think, and act, and remember.”
—Fantasy Book Review
“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.”
Praise for Guy Gavriel Kay:
“[Read] anything by Guy Gavriel Kay....His strengths are strong characters and fantastic set pieces.”
—The New Yorker
“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 a genius. I’ve read him all my life and am always inspired by his work.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
“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.”
"Kay is peerless in plucking elements from history and using them to weave a wholly fantastical tale that feels like a translation of some freshly unearthed scroll from a time we have yet to discover."
—The Miami Herald