George V. Reilly

Review: The Last Light of the Sun

The Last Light of the Sun
Title: The Last Light of the Sun
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 499
Keywords: fantasy
Reading period: 18–22 May, 2009

The Last Light of the Sun takes place in the Dark Ages of a parallel world. The Erlings (Vikings) raid the Cyngael (Welsh) and Anglcyn (Anglo-Saxon). A young Erling flees indentured servitude and becomes a raider, following in the footsteps of his estranged father. A Cyngael prince dies in an Erling raid and is taken by the Queen of the Fairies; his brother is drawn to another fairy; he will enter into a reluctant compact with the Anglcyn when they are raided by the Erling.

Kay is an elegant and subtle writer. The principal characters are well-drawn and complex, struggling with their in­ter­sect­ing destinies.

Highly rec­om­mend­ed.

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