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So odd All throughout the reading of this, I was reminded of the later published Discovery of Witches by Harkness Not the story or the characters or the incidentals, mind you, but the FEEL of it And this one won the World Fantasy Award.Could it have been a massive influence Possibly.Back to this book It s a real departure from most of the Kay I ve read, not steeping itself in historical memorabilia so much as building a bridge between the Celtic history of France and our modern day I ll be So odd All throughout the reading of this, I was reminded of the later published Discovery of Witches by Harkness Not the story or the characters or the incidentals, mind you, but the FEEL of it And this one won the World Fantasy Award.Could it have been a massive influence Possibly.Back to this book It s a real departure from most of the Kay I ve read, not steeping itself in historical memorabilia so much as building a bridge between the Celtic history of France and our modern day I ll be honest I loved the feel of it A lot It has a genuine YA feel and it is thoroughly wholesome on top of that Moreso, it had a nice horror feel to some of it as we got moved from the thoroughly grounded modern day things and get plopped into whole cloth near immortals and Celtic gods and legends that just rolled over my tongue so deliciously The YA adventure wasn t half bad, either This might be one of my favorite Kay novels So far And that isn t because of the award It s just because it did what Kay s original trilogy that bridged worlds couldn t do for me It made me care I was close to giving this book 2 stars but I give it 3 stars because there are enough flashes of Kay s brilliance forthan that.Story is actually great Writing style is bitraw and I got strong Fionavar tapestry vibes even before 2 characters from that series showed up as important side characters Where this book fails characters and their interactions Characterization has so far been Kay s strong point, it s what caries Sailing to Sarantium to greatness which is otherwise slow an I was close to giving this book 2 stars but I give it 3 stars because there are enough flashes of Kay s brilliance forthan that.Story is actually great Writing style is bitraw and I got strong Fionavar tapestry vibes even before 2 characters from that series showed up as important side characters Where this book fails characters and their interactions Characterization has so far been Kay s strong point, it s what caries Sailing to Sarantium to greatness which is otherwise slow and uneventful book but in this book almost every character aside from two antagonists which are great characters feels underdeveloped especially protagonist which is just a generic teen Absolutely unremarkable and so forgetful that hour after finishing this I needed to look at blurb because I already forgot his name His dialogs with the other teen and love interest, Kate, are sometimes hard to read There is a lot of banter and sometimes it s fun but Kay overdid it and forgets that people can talk normally Not at all representative of the general quality of the author s work If this is your first read with Kay, I understand your rejection, but please try ANYTHING else and give him another chance This is Evil Twin Imposter Kay, not real Kay, I promise What a thoroughly unremarkable book from such an exceptionally skilled fantasy writer.Guy Gavriel Kay is by far my favourite author of what I d call historical fantasy That being said, his historical fantasy can be divided in two, both solidly anchored in our own world, history and legends.The first type of book that he writes is something set, at least initially, in our own world, where he writes about modern teenagers getting involved in some magical fantasy The Fionavar Tapestry and Ysabel What a thoroughly unremarkable book from such an exceptionally skilled fantasy writer.Guy Gavriel Kay is by far my favourite author of what I d call historical fantasy That being said, his historical fantasy can be divided in two, both solidly anchored in our own world, history and legends.The first type of book that he writes is something set, at least initially, in our own world, where he writes about modern teenagers getting involved in some magical fantasy The Fionavar Tapestry and Ysabel are both examples of this, they are both blatantly unimpressive and overall an overwhelming disappointment.The second type is where he creates a new fantastic world based on some narrow and fascinating window of human history, and ends up creating some of the most incredible literary masterpieces of the fantasy genre, such as Tigana and The Sarantine Mosaic.So when I read Ysabel, although it was a decent book, I wish Kay would just stick to what he is astoundingly good at I was disappointed by this book, mostly because I expect so much from Guy Gavriel Kay.Ysabel starts out strong but didn t manage to keep my interest As a whole it lacks the richness GGK s other books offer The characters remain under developed, and I couldn t connect with any of them The plot is pretty predictable as well.I wouldn t recommend this one, and would say people new to GGK are better off either reading The Lions of Al Rassan or Tigana I was disappointed by this book, mostly because I expect so much from Guy Gavriel Kay.Ysabel starts out strong but didn t manage to keep my interest As a whole it lacks the richness GGK s other books offer The characters remain under developed, and I couldn t connect with any of them The plot is pretty predictable as well.I wouldn t recommend this one, and would say people new to GGK are better off either reading The Lions of Al Rassan or Tigana I can see both sides of the debate people seem to be having about this book Yes, it s not as rich and deep as his other work Yes, sometimes it felt like you were trapped in the shallow end of a swimming pool, when you know that, if you could just get there, there s a dazzling, deep lagoon just beyond your reach If you re familiar with Kay s work, this could be frustrating But I think it s also clear that Kay wrote this story for his sons As such, I m grateful he shared it with us It was wo I can see both sides of the debate people seem to be having about this book Yes, it s not as rich and deep as his other work Yes, sometimes it felt like you were trapped in the shallow end of a swimming pool, when you know that, if you could just get there, there s a dazzling, deep lagoon just beyond your reach If you re familiar with Kay s work, this could be frustrating But I think it s also clear that Kay wrote this story for his sons As such, I m grateful he shared it with us It was wonderful to revisit some of these characters I d always wondered if Kim went with Dave on that date And, while it was not necessary to have read Fionavar, I think that experience added some of that depth back to the book The bull, the boar, Liadon, the immutable triangle, a fight between a wolf and someone named Cadell, and even Dave s alias Ivorson gave the plot that heartbreaking quality we ve all come to expect from Kay Not to mention one throat catching scene where someone catches up a plate and throws it at his adversary like a discus The primary relationships here are ones between normal people We don t care as much about the triumvirate, which is part of the point of the book It s a re re imagining And the two men who are fighting are neither friends nor brothers, so it s not as poignant as Ammar Rodrigo as if anything could be or Arthur Lancelot, but it s touching on several other, unexpected levels In many ways this is mucha book about normal families and how they deal with stress There was one moment when I thought Kay was going to commit an Unforgivable Sin with regard to Dave, but he didn t Which is good, because I still haven t gotten over his last Unforgivable Sin in Lions.All in all, no this wasn t in the vein of Kay s recent work, but it was still wonderful, still really fun to read, and still incredibly sad when it ends Provence, in the south of France, is a part of the world that has been and continues to be called a paradise But one of the lessons that history teaches is that paradise is coveted and fought over Successive waves of invaders have claimed or tried to claim those vineyards, rivers, olive groves, and hillsIn Guy Gavriel Kay s new novel, Ysabel, this duality of exquisite beauty and violent history is explored in a work that marks a departure from Kay s historical fantasies set in various analogues of the pastYsabel takes place in the world of today in a modern springtime, in and around the celebrated city of Aix en Provence near Marseilles Dangerous, mythic figures from the Celtic and Roman conflicts of the past erupt into the present, claiming and changing livesThe protagonist is Ned Marriner, the fifteen year old son of a well known photographer Ned has accompanied his father, Edward Marriner, and a team of assistants to Provence for a six week shoot Fifteen year old Ned goes on a trip with his famous photographer father and his team, who are setting up a major photo shoot in Provence While exploring an old cathedral Ned meets a girl, Kate, who is visiting the area as an exchange student They are checking out the baptistery of the church when Ned experiences a strange sense of deja vu and encounters a stranger climbing out of a hole in the floor Things go from strange to bizarre when the stranger warns Ned to stay out things that don t co Fifteen year old Ned goes on a trip with his famous photographer father and his team, who are setting up a major photo shoot in Provence While exploring an old cathedral Ned meets a girl, Kate, who is visiting the area as an exchange student They are checking out the baptistery of the church when Ned experiences a strange sense of deja vu and encounters a stranger climbing out of a hole in the floor Things go from strange to bizarre when the stranger warns Ned to stay out things that don t concern him Ned is bewildered and a little afraid as he has no idea who this man is or why he feels like he should know him.This was fun and interesting I haven t read anything by this author before and I suspect if I had, I would not have enjoyed this book as much as I did He apparently has a series that is better than this, which gives me something to look forward to as I really did like this one Warning I am not going to mark it as containing spoilers, because I think all examples I give are vague and do not give away plot points But they are probably spoilerish about specific details, so if you are very careful about spoilers, better avoid this till you have read it Though my advice really is don t read it.Back to the book, I should have known better But in a way I am sort of glad to have read it, despite thinking it is really a quite bad book There is a spoilerish link to anoth Warning I am not going to mark it as containing spoilers, because I think all examples I give are vague and do not give away plot points But they are probably spoilerish about specific details, so if you are very careful about spoilers, better avoid this till you have read it Though my advice really is don t read it.Back to the book, I should have known better But in a way I am sort of glad to have read it, despite thinking it is really a quite bad book There is a spoilerish link to another book which would have made me want to read it anyway But mostly this new book helped me figure out what exactly is my problem, my beef, with Guy Gavriel Kay s writing For quite a while I felt like a black sheep, nearly everybody I know whose tastes I respect lurved his books Leaving me going yeah, but don t you think this or that And me without being able to articulate precisely what is that bugged me so much and why I thought that no, his books really are not that good Ysabel at least helps me ID what GGK writes not so much of how things are, but how he wishes history was And it s mythological history, full of impossibly beautiful queens, tragic loves, pure melodrama rather than drama It is just too shallow, too theatrical, too ridiculous in comparison with real history.Combine that with an overdose of little tricks to deceive the reader, a love of pointlessly dramatic prose and it can get very syrupy The use of history as some sort of backdrop to a recurring eternal love triangle is just not convincing here Hints are dropped, a few details told, but I remain uninformed of what is the antagonism is supposed to be really about What eternal struggle is that supposed to mean, what resonances does it have for other places and cultures And as far as I could understand, it seems it was all about being foreigner to Provence and not being foreigner and Ysabel being some uber bitchy stereotype whose main function seems to be beautiful and wanted Not very flattering if she is meant to represent Provence , but that interpretation is literally foreign to me And unlike Fionavar, dogmatically declared to be the one true land, Provence is not completely convincing as being The Land About Which All Is About Oh yeah Surely every reader will have other lands he or she can suggest as being as special The resolution of that conflict feels completely out of the blue by the way And now for a few nitpicks, because I just got to rant a tiny little bit Were the celts supposed to be huge and golden haired Hmm, I don t think so That is just a symptom, that GGK is using real history to project his own private world into It has not been convincing me for a long while, but it s particularly out of tune here in this modern setting Other people have mentioned how incongruous the modern touch references were Oh yes Lots of brand name dropping and a particularly unconvincing teenager who seems to have the music tastes of a 40 year old and who runs listening to his ipod a real ipod I mean not nano or shuffle Where does he tuck it in on his clothing we got all details of him getting ready to run, but where do you put a real big ipod when you go running Same teenager does not send one text message the whole book and seems unable to find a number in his mobile phone s adress book without using fast dialup Dude, if I was 15 years of age I would be insulted, there is no 15 year old in the world who needs fast dialup to look a phone number Actually my inner teenager actually is insulted at the way teenagers act Real teens don t flirt the same way 30 40 year olds do, their interaction was just unbelievable GGK main characters are always superlative at something, almost annoyingly so The plot here depends very much, too much,on Ned always finding extra power or ability or something within him which makes him evenspecial and unique all the time Ever noticed how his main male characters always have women throwing themselves at them sexually even in the unlikeliest of scenarios James Bond syndrome I call it, and in a few instances it gets extremely unlikely yeah, widowed red haired bearded mosaic artists have huge potential as sex symbols Not Here it has the distinction of going from just unlikely all the way to very unlikely and extremely creepy I puke Really The prose Some people like it, but there are some examples from this book which, in my opinion, have crossed the purple line by meters I ve never had a book drop two stars in the last chapter before Congrats GGK.The start of this one was promising I have enjoyed GGK s book, Children of the Sky because the writing was beautiful and I felt the history and the characterization was really well done so I hoped forof the same here.The start of this one was a bit rougher I could tell right away it was a YA novel even though I hadn t seen that on its genres The history was there but I felt it didn t have the depth of his othe I ve never had a book drop two stars in the last chapter before Congrats GGK.The start of this one was promising I have enjoyed GGK s book, Children of the Sky because the writing was beautiful and I felt the history and the characterization was really well done so I hoped forof the same here.The start of this one was a bit rougher I could tell right away it was a YA novel even though I hadn t seen that on its genres The history was there but I felt it didn t have the depth of his other novel Still the start of the book hooked me right away with the mystery and I wanted to read on.Then it started to go downhill There is a TON of just driving around and talking in this novel It is cool that you are given a bit of a history of the places visited, but it started to become quite dry The characters started to grate on me as they discussed over and over things they knew and missing things literally staring him in the face view spoiler The boar I mean come on I knew it was pointing at something the first moment it appeared But it takes twovisits for him to clue in hide spoiler There is no backstory to any of the characters either I felt like I didn t really know them at all They were all really flat, with off the wall reactions, something that I ve struggled with before in YA novels.All this was fine though I didn t set the bar high, although it probably should have been higher due to the author I was looking at a 3 star read.And then that last chapter hit This will be under a spoiler tag, so if you don t want the book ruined just know that there are two triggers that I cannot stand in my books love triangles, stupidity and cheating At least one of these triggers was hit and then the book just ends right there like everything is fine view spoiler Where to begin The entire book is revolving around a 2000 year old love story of two men that are absolutely in love with this girl who really is a vain, cruel woman wrapped up in a gorgeous package I m not even going to go in on how she is just an object in this story and the men fight to the death for her, kill others, etc in an endless cycle to gain her affections for that lifetime and then are returned to do it all over again.So a love triangle of the stupidest kind And the MC and his love interest Kate giggle about how idiotic these guys are since they are so blindly infatuated with this woman they will literally kill millions for her.The entire book is Kate and the MC, Ned and their budding romance Kate is probably one of the blandest characters in this and for the majority of the book just background noise but I digress Meanwhile there is his father s assistant Melanie who he flirts with but insists she is too old for him and treats him like a child.And then in the last chapter he rescues Melanie and she throws herself at him Kate is away being noise somewhere else He s okay with this Melanie and his almost sleep together despite her being way older than him and he being sixteen but she says they have manynights ahead He then meets up with Kate and happily continues where he left off THE END.Yet another love triangle After beating on how stupid it is in the first place we suddenly find ourselves in the reverse of the woman vs two men Our super speshul MC is suddenly the hero and the women are throwing themselves at him.History repeats itself I suppose, but I don t really know how Kate feels about Melanie or Melanie feels about Kate because the bloody book just ends right there I mean if I was Kate I would say goodbye after I found out about Melanie If I was Melanie I would I don t know see a therapist because a 16 year old kid Ick hide spoiler I wish I could recommend this but I really can t