Review – Sailing to Sarantium

Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, #1)

Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Guy Gavriel Kay never fails to write exquisite prose, in my experience, and this book is no different.

Yet another venture into “Europe a quarter turn to the left,” this is the story of a man on the road from Varena to the imperial capitol of Sarantium (an alternate version of Byzantium) to decorate the newly built sanctuary of Jad there with a grand mosaic. But this book is also about mystery, about what there is behind the veil and how we here in the world are to understand our place in it.

There is, of course, almost unbearable humanity in the story, and an aching meditation on art and the artist.

It is beautiful, and heartfelt, and exciting.



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