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Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ysabel (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Authors:Guy Gavriel Kay
Info:Roc (2007), Ausgabe: First Edition First Printing, Hardcover, 421 Seiten
Collections:Your library, Gelesen, 2012 neu, 2012 gelesen
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Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (2007)


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Engaging story. Good Halloween read. ( )
  cjservis | Jan 17, 2016 |
The south of France is thick with history. Many civilizations have sought to control the area including Celts, Greeks, and Romans. On a trip to a cathedral in Aix, Ned stumbles into a two thousand year old historical feud. He sees a man who seems to be from another time. All of a sudden Ned grows an awareness of things he should not be involved with. When his involvement in the supernatural endangers a friend, he feels responsible and begins a race against destiny to save her.

I really enjoyed this young adult fantasy. I felt like I learned a lot about Provence and its history. I liked Ned a lot more than I expected to and I appreciated how he grew and matured throughout the story. I also bumped up the rating a whole half a star because unlike other young adult fantasy novels, when things got weird and dangerous, Ned actually went to his parents for help rather than trying to save the day all by himself. The adults in the novel were interesting and responsible, not only card board cut outs or stereotypes. I also was pleasantly surprised when characters from Kay's Fionavar Tapestry appeared in this book (although you do not have to have read that series to appreciate this book). The only negative I had for the book was that Ned seems to spend a lot of time worrying about what he should do rather than doing anything in the beginning. I became a bit impatient for the meat of the story to really begin. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy where ancient myth and folklore meet modern day settings.
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  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
Took a little while to get into, but once it gets going I could not put it down. The story is very engaging with characters that are very believable and diverse. The banter between characters is amusing. The suspense and twists are written very well that you never know what is coming. While it is a contemporary novel, it is still based on historical fiction themes that GGK usually explores. Fantastic book! ( )
  renbedell | Jan 4, 2016 |
I still like Guy Gavriel Kay's flowery writing, but this particular story didn't ever click with me. I've always had that problem with Fantasy in a modern setting. For some reason every logical inconsistency and irksome details bothers me, in a way they don't when a story is set long ago or far away. On top of that I didn't connect with any of the characters in this one. They were a bit too flat and their interactions with one another seemed artificial too often. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
I understand why some people are disappointed in this book; if you get into Ysabel thinking you're getting a regular Guy Gavriel Kay, than this might be a bit of a let down. The writing style is different. Every now and then it shows flashes of regular GGK, but overall it's more superficial and less dramatic. On the other hand, if you make a habit of checking out reviews before you read a book, then you know this, and are not surprised. Such was the case with me, and I really enjoyed this book. I knew there was a link to Fionavar, and I was very happy to see Kim and Dave again. I would have liked it better if Kim had had a bit more power. After all, I think she says Earth has need of a dreamer too when she returns here. I would have liked to see a bit more evidence of that. Still, nice story, nice characters, swift pacing. Not as compelling as a normal GGK, but a good read nonetheless. ( )
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That will prove worth your telling,
Whether as learned bard or gifted child;
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451461908, Paperback)

Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets-a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works.

But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day-and it's calling out to Ned...

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While his photographer father works to record Saint-Saveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence, Ned Marriner wanders the halls and rooms of the ancient structure, uncovering some of the many secrets of the monument and discovering that it is not as empty as it appears.… (more)

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