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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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The story of Ysabel centers on Ned, a teen from Montreal. With his celebrated photographer father and his team, he took a sojourn in Aix-en-Provence. There he met a NYC girl Kate and then a mystery man in leather jack while exploring the Cathedral Saint-Sauveur. The man turned out to be ancient, returned to continue a millenniums old love triangle invoking many blood sheaths throughout local history.

This is a enjoyable page-turner. No serious themes discussed within you. Characters are well developed and colourful distinguishable. Ned's adventure is thrilling, lightly romanced, and let me say quite dusky but not grim. In the end he saved Melanie, his father's assistant, possessed by Ysabel the Red. And the "Roman" and the "Celt" ended their fierce feud in kinda peaceful although tragic way, as we could expect from the plot. Kay weaves the history of Provence and Ned's family story into this main plot. Surely he alters some historical events here to serve the story. But you could not suspect that of which is made by him. They fit the narratives like oliver oil filling spaghetti. I read the book much as a travel blog (might visit those sites if I have a chance to Aix.) ( )
  deva1984 | Jan 21, 2017 |
This was a very interesting book, a bit hard to immerse myself in probably because of the more modern setting. While the language is still lyrical in parts, the story is told from the point of view of a young, intelligent, 15 year old boy living for a time with his photographer father in southern France.

Intriguing in this book is the weaving-in of ancient Celtic ritual and the later layer of Roman bloodthirstiness. The gods of the Celtic worlds are still sometimes called into our world at the right time and with the right intent, and their bloodthirstiness still reigns.

The latter part of the book twists into ways that explain the first part and are a nice, refreshing coda to previous writings. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
I've seen negative reviews of this book (but I hadn't seen them when I bought it), but I hadn't read anything by Kay yet, so I wasn't disappointed. Maybe it's because I didn't have anything to compare it to, but in any case I liked it. Well, maybe I should specify that I wasn't too thrilled with the characters, but the setting and the plot were both great. ( )
  MilliLinnea | Jun 7, 2016 |
I had some problems with the story, partly to do with the reader not putting enough emotion into the reading, but also because the pathos seemed forced and the whole main plot unbelievable. I enjoyed the historical underpinning of Celtic, Roman themes but it wasn't enough to save the novel as a whole. ( )
  charlie68 | May 16, 2016 |
I had such high hopes for this story… It starts out at the funky Aix-En-Provence Cathedral… I love Provence! So, I’m reading…. and I’m asking myself “What’s the deal? I’ve seen rave reviews of this book”. So I tell myself that maybe the prose is so muddled because this book had been translated into English. However, I quickly discover that the author is Canadian.
The main character is a fifteen year-old boy who bears no resemblance to any fifteen year-old human I have ever heard of. As a former fifteen year-old myself, I feel insulted on behalf of teenagers everywhere. It’s like the author thought if he threw in enough brand names and buzz words the readers wouldn’t notice. (Coke, Nike, iPod, earbuds, jpeg, etc.) Needless to say, I didn’t finish, but I could see where the author was going, and it reminded me of Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (Which I can’t recommend either, although it is set in another French town I love – Carcassonne)
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
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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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