Waiting on Wednesday – A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme that was hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. It has gone the way of the wind and is no longer hosted there. But Wishful Endings is now hosting Can’t Wait Wednesday so we can keep the momentum going and link up there.

I have to be honest, it wouldn’t matter what the description of this book was, since its a new book by Guy Gavriel Kay, it would be on my Must Read list, regardless. However, in true Kay form, it sounds absolutely intriguing! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Also by this author: The Lions of Al-Rassan
Published by Berkley Books on May 14, 2019
Pages: 560

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International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition.

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra’s intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count–and soon learned why that man was known  as the Beast.

Danio’s fate changed the moment he saw and recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count’s chambers one autumn night–intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger–and freedom. Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.

Vivid figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more,  two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.

A Brightness Long Ago offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune’s wheel.

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5 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay”

  1. I’ve never read Gavriel Kaye but he seems to be one of those authors that a lot of people love. I like the idea of the setting being inspired by Renaissance Italy…
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