Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay brings to life a rich fantasy world with interesting historical scenes of chariot races, the deceitful life of courts and politics between feudal kingdoms. The time period depicts religious powers braced against pagan beliefs that causes mistrust at every turn.

Guy Gavriel Kay Attends to Detail

Kay writes with more description than I prefer, but it is Kay’s detail and intimate portrayal of characters that suspends the reader in the novel’s time and place. Exotic voluptuous detail heightens every scene. The perspective of the story moves easily from one point-of-view (POV) to another in third person omniscient with multiple plots creating the fabric around the main character, Chrispin; a mosaicist ensnared between powers.

Chrispin is called to the city of Sarantium to make mosaics for the emperor’s personal chapel. He’s immediately thrust in the middle of palace intrigue, but he is not of it. Byzantine court is dissected from multiple perspectives.   In this epic tale of intrigue we follow the mosaisist, Chrispin. He struggles against the forces around him , while struggling to maintain integrity.  

My Rating five-stars

Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel KaySailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
Series: The Sarantine Mosaic #1
Published by Earthlight on November 4th 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 448
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Crispin is a master mosaicist, creating beautiful art with colored stones and glass. Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen's secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded sanctuaries, chariot races and palaces, intrigues and violence, Crispin must find his own source of power in order to survive-and unexpectedly discovers it high on the scaffolding of his own greatest creation.