Пътуване към Сарантион

Guy Gavriel Kay

Пътуване към Сарантион

Пътуване към Сарантион

  • Title: Пътуване към Сарантион
  • Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • ISBN: 9789545857539
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback

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Most of today's fantasy can be traced through branches back to rather small root. Epic fantasy can be traced back Lord of the rings, fairytale inspired fantasy (like that of Gaiman or Diana Wyn Jones) can be traced to Lud in the Mist, grimdark to Dread empire, military fantasy to Black company, science fantasy to Amber chronicles. Kay is one of few authors who's work come from different tree entirely as he draws inspiration from history and historical fiction. Sailing to Sarantium play out more [...]

I would like to have been in the room when Guy Gavriel Kay pitched this story to his publishers: “It’s a historical fantasy novel based on the Byzantine Empire and the works of W.B. Yeats. The main character is an artist caught up in political schemes during a tumultuous time.”“Uh….The Byzantine Empire and poems? And the hero isn’t any kind of an archer or a sorcerer? Some kind of bad ass like we usually see in these books?”“No, he’s just a mosaicist. That’s a guy who glues b [...]

*** 4.35 ***A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Read Group, because we love Kay's storytelling!"“He wanted to achieve something of surpassing beauty that would last. A creation that would mean that he--the mosaic worker Caius Crispus of Varena--had been born, and lived a life, and had come to understand a portion of the nature of the world, of what ran through and beneath the deeds of women and men in their souls and in the beauty and the pain of their short living beneath the sun.” "I grew [...]

I have a love-hate relationship with Kay’s work: loved Tigana, really liked Song for Arbonne, put Lions of Al-Rassan down in disgust halfway through. (Last Light of the Sun is the only one I’ve been ambivalent about so far.) Maybe this book is too similar to Lions for me--and most people seem to love Lions (if you do, you might want to ignore this review). Or maybe I’ve just read too much Kay.At any rate, this book is about Crispin, a mosaicist who travels to Sarantium (a very thinly disgu [...]

This book is like a mosaic. I am at a loss how to properly categorise it. It is neither a place-driven nor a character driven story. The first part is just a road-tripping gig. It has a feeling of three, loosely connected novellas about people who meet on the road under weird circumstances. The second part reads like a prelude to the next instalment and remains inconclusive in terms of shape and direction. However, this inability to pin down one particular trope or arch (revenge, love, quest, et [...]

Guy Gavriel Kay excels at writing those moments when the world stops, the characters hold their breath, and I do too. Those moments when powers beyond comprehension are right in front of you (worldly or supernatural), and no one knows what the outcome will be, where everything hangs on a knife's edge. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smor [...]

What can I say? It seems to be difficult to rate Kay's books any less than 5 full and deserved stars. This story offers, among others, a compelling “game of courts and intrigues”, violent intricacies, the clash of the sacred and profane, journeys and brilliant colors, all skillfully brushed with Kay's trademark themes and storytelling.Surprisingly, this book has a few more magical elements than those I read before, namely the brilliant masterpieces that are The Lions of Al-Rassan and A Song [...]

My favourite Kay book so far. A masterpiece!!A wonderful homage to art, to women, to beauty and to love!Kay's writing is elegant, almost poetic at times and rich beyond measure at others, matching the greatness and opulence of Sarantium. He will take you on a journey through which you will just have to pay attention to the road, having no clue whatsoever as to the destination. But it is all worth it!In itself, the story is simple. Crispin, a brilliant mosaicist, still grieving for the family he [...]

As my first G.G.K. book, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Nothing wrong with that; in fact, I often prefer not having any expectations going into a book. But with Kay, I often heard the term "alternate history" or "historical fantasy." I was wary of those labels, and in fact I was really more confused than anything else since I noticed people using them interchangeably (and they clearly are not synonymous with each other). After reading Sailing to Sarantium, it's clear that the book is nei [...]

I found this book a bit of a struggle to read until I came to the last third of the book, which seemed to fly by quickly and overall made the book more enjoyable. I was more engaged in the story once more political intrigue was involved and most of our characters were in Sarantium. Well worth reading, especially if you like historical fantasy novels.

For most of this read, I thought I was holding another 5-star GGK book. The political manueverings and intrigue are fantastic, as are the twists and turns that the protagonist, Caius Crispus, faces. The individual pieces in the political puzzle are intriguing too, from the Empress Arixana and the Emperor Valerius to the Queen Gisel, and the First Stratego Leontus and his seductive aristocrat bride.The book beautifully sets up the sequel, Lord of Emperors, which now goes to the top of my read pil [...]

Within this book there is a metaphor that I quite liked. This metaphor happens to be the title of this book. Sailing to Sarantium is a metaphor used brilliantly during the course of the novel. It means that somebody has taken a change, braved to do something, changed his life in a drastic way. The metaphor does make sense because a man that is sailing to capital may be changing his life. Especially when that capital happens to be the centre of power and the place of many wonders. I can't say tha [...]

A mosaicist is summoned east to not!Byzantium to serve the Emperor in construction of the mightiest sanctuary dome the world has known. His journey takes him through danger, mystical adventure, and court intrigue, culminating in . . . er . . . absolutely nothing. One assumes the point will arrive in the sequel?Wow, this is remarkable. I really mean it. This book never once uses the word ‘vagina,’ and yet if you woke me up in the dead of night and asked me what this book was about, I would ha [...]

”To say of a man that he was sailing to Sarantium was to say that his life was on the cusp of change: poised for emergent greatness, brilliance, fortune – or else at the very precipice of a final and absolute fall as he met something too vast for his capacity.”Caius Crispus is a man, a mosaicist by trade, who has been living under the shadow of grief after losing his wife and two daughters to the Plague. His life is only about his work now. The decision of an emperor in a neighboring count [...]

Συνεχίζοντας την πορεία μου μέσα στο έργο του Guy Gavriel Kay έφτασα και στις ακτές του Σαράντιου. Ήξερα, βέβαια, ότι εκεί θα συναντήσω πολλά γνωστά πράγματα αλλά είχα μία αμφιβολία για το πώς θα τα χρησιμοποιήσει ο συγγραφέας. Τελικά όλες οι αμφιβολίες μου δεν είχαν καμία βάση καθ [...]

I knew going into it that this would feel incomplete as a story. Many reviews have said that it needs to be read in conjunction with its sequel. I think the novel definitely suffers from lack of a climax towards the end and a pace that seems too slow in places. Having said that, I really enjoyed the book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction set in Roman times and although this is historical fantasy, the world felt familiar. A rich tapestry has been woven with many characters. I hope no more are [...]

4 stars

4.5 stars. I had little to no expectations about this book when I first started it other than Brandon Sanderson mentioned Kay in an interview or author panel once. You will not enjoy this if you are looking for an action-packed sword and sorcery fantasy. This is all about the writing, the characters, the politics of this Byzantium-inspired story with a twist of fantasy. It's fantastic. Doesn't feel like a story in-and-of itself, but that's what book 2 is for.

Sailing to Sarantium, Book one of "The Sarantine Mosaic" has blown me away and taken me by complete surprise. Iv'e known about Guy Gavriel Kay for a while, often hearing about his amazing use of language, and hearing how he meticulously researches before writing a book. I read on a fellow blogger's site that this is the perfect place to get introduced to Kay's style. I'm sooo glad I decided to give this book a shot!Sailing to Sarantium is the first book of a duology and it combines elements of H [...]

8.5/10I have to say before I started The Sarantine Mosaic I was a bit worried that I might not like so much Guy Gavriel Kay’s more “historical” based stories, but after readingThe Last Light of the Sun, which I liked it a lot, my interest on this duology began to change and of course Kay has done here a really great story.Inspired by some events on the 6th century in Byzantium Kay has made an incredible world, full with wonderful characters and with his writing being, simply, amazing.The s [...]

Still five stars even for the umpteenth reread

The new emperor in Sarantium has a lot to atone for, so he’s building a grand chapel to his god and calling the most famous artisans in the surrounding regions to come work for him. Crispin, a mosaicist from a neighboring country, is one of these. Unhappy since his wife and children died, Crispin doesn’t think he has much to live for anymore, and he doesn’t want to go to Sarantium. But when his young queen, who sits her throne precariously, asks Crispin to carry a secret proposal to the al [...]

I've never read anything like this book before. Sailing to Sarantium is an amazing fantasy story with elements of art and history. I was really surprised by how well-written and imaginative it really was.

This is the first Guy Gavriel Kay book that I have read, and I come away from it having had an enjoyable experience. I found the world to be very fascinating. It might be even more interesting to people familiar with the history of the Byzantine Empire since this novel takes inspiration of that era/setting (the city of Sarantium taking the place of Constantinople). There is a lot of exposition about life in the city which might bore some people but I found it interesting in this instance. Especi [...]

Από τα καλύτερα του συγγραφέα και με εξαιρετικό ενδιαφέρον για Έλληνες αναγνώστες, γιατί διαδραματίζεται σε μια alternative universe/fantasy εκδοχή του Βυζαντίου. Αλλά, χωρίς να θέλω να υποτιμήσω το μεταφραστή, ο Kay διαβάζεται καλύτερα στο πρωτότυπο.

4.5*The prose was wonderful and rich. The world was so well built and fleshed out. I found the first half of the book where Crispin journeyed to Sarantium the most engaging. The second part dragged at times in my opinion. The ending was less impressive than I was hoping for and thus left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Overall really enjoyed my first GGK book, I have the sequel on hold at the library and will read it very soon.

I don't think this was as good as Under Heaven, but still, the more I read Kay the more I like him. His works are well written, carefully plotted and usually portray great (and human) characters. Fantasy without magic are not my favourites (even Locke has some magic in it, after all), but I don't find it disturbing in this case. The biggest flaw for me was that in this case the slow pace did bother me a bit. It hadn't happened with Tigana or Under Heaven, but Sailing to Sarantium was, at least i [...]

This was my first foray into historical fantasy, unless I count the Strategos series of Gordon Doherty, which had a bit of fantasy. I enjoy reading about the Byzantine Empire. I chose this one because of the Byzantine [very thinly-disguised] setting; it was close enough to the real Byzantine Empire for me to make parallels. For much of this book I rated it a 4, but after 3/4 through, I had to lower my rating: partly because of sad developments in the story, but partly because of the excessive in [...]

4.5*The prose was wonderful and rich. The world was so well built and fleshed out. I found the first half of the book where Crispin journeyed to Sarantium the most engaging. The second part dragged at times in my opinion. The ending was less impressive than I was hoping for and thus left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Overall really enjoyed my first GGK book, I have the sequel on hold at the library and will read it very soon.

See my review of this book's sequel 'Lord of Emperors' for the full review. I do think the sequel is better, but only because this book is truly 'Sailing' to where we want it to be, whereas the sequel is the real meat of what we find at our unlikely destination.

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