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Le chemin de Sarance (1998)

par Guy Gavriel Kay

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Séries: La mosaïque de Sarance (1)

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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.… (plus d'informations)
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I’ve read Lions and River of Stars and loved them both. The beginning of this work was challenging for me; it seemed disjointed and it was not until about a quarter way in that it seemed to begin to come together for me. But it did. And by the end I was enthralled. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Rereading this since taking early church history last semester, I keep getting distracted by trying to map Kay's variant races, religions, races, persons, and events onto real history - it was less of a problem the first time I read it!

This time, I'm again appreciating the beautiful articulation of art and beauty through the eyes of an artist, and additionally appreciating the witty turns of phrase. ( )
  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
A mosaicist is summoned, from a distant city, to appear before the Emperor Valerius II in the city of Sarantium. This mosaicist is old and has no desire to travel the long and dangerous road to the metropolis and then spend years there completing whatever the Emperor desires . In his place he sends his partner, who has lost his wife and daughters to the plague. He urges the younger man to get on with his life. Before Crispin (as he is called) departs, an alchemist and a Queen both give him something to take on his journey. Crispin then begins his path to self-discovery. He travels alone at first, however for safety reasons joins other travelers along the road.

The story is set in the 6th century, in a world resembling The Byzantine Empire. The world is familiar, from other [a:Guy Gavriel Kay|60177|Guy Gavriel Kay|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1218804723p2/60177.jpg] books. While reading, if I am unsure of anything that seems important, I use Google to uncover parts of history I am vague about. Byzantine was one of those searches this read. I discovered that there was a poem written by [a:W.B. Yeats|29963|W.B. Yeats|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1440689155p2/29963.jpg] entitled [b:Sailing to Byzantium|1880307|Sailing to Byzantium|W.B. Yeats|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1345862223l/1880307._SX50_.jpg|1881315]. Love finding things like that while reading.

The writing, as usual for [a: Kay|60177|Guy Gavriel Kay|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1218804723p2/60177.jpg] , is beautiful and poetic. This author can touch my soul, like no other:

Darkness lasted in the Aldwood, night a deepening of it not a bringing forth. Morning was a distant, intuited thing, not an altering of space, or light. The moons were usually known by pull, not by shining, though sometimes they might be glimpsed, and sometimes a star would appear between the black branches, moving leaves, above a lifting of mist.

This author effortlessly intertwines Historical Fiction and High Fantasy. Highly recommended if you are a fan of either.
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
So, so slow to develop a theme and ultimately, for me, the characters were never engaging or the action intriguing. May have improved but by about 80 pages, I was just reading the words. DNFed. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Aug 10, 2021 |
Kay's books are always worth reading, but in the two books of "The Sarantine Mosaic" his deliberately convoluted manner detracts from the flow of the story. Again and again he leads the reader up to a dramatic point, only to change locations -- or time periods. I suspect this is intended to mimic the "mosaic" theme, but its repeated use becomes irritating. Still, Kay's characters are always worth spending time with, and he does a marvelous job of conveying both the grit and the grandeur of Sarantium. ( )
  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
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. . . and we knew not whether we were on heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendour or such beauty, and we were at a loss how to describe it. We know only that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty.

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For my sons,
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Thunderstorms were common in Sarantium on midsummer nights, sufficiently so to make plausible the oft-repeated-tale that the Emperor Apius passed to the god in the midst of a towering storm, with lightning flashing and rolls of thunder besieging the Holy City.
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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.

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