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Ysabel | [Guy Gavriel Kay]

Ysabel

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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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...

©2008 Guy Gavriel Kay; (P)2008 Penguin

What the Critics Say

World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008

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    Andrew Stone San Diego 06-06-09
    Andrew Stone San Diego 06-06-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Magic, Humor, Love, Romance & Mystery"

    Fast paced story which held me bound to listen and complete in just two days.

    "Ysabel" is a fun and unique story centered around a 15 yr old boy in modern France.

    The story is fit for a broad spectrum of readers. From teens to grand parents.

    Myself being in my mid 50s found this book because I love the narration of Kate Reading who I first listen to reading "Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan(I also highly recommend). Her narration of "Ysable" is superb.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-28-09
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-28-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Quality writing. Excellent story."

    I had doubts when the story started: the hero is 15 and talks like a stoner dude <lol>. But I remembered reading books by this author (a long time ago) ....and enjoying them. So, I hung in there. Excellent read. I really enjoyed the story (and it's been a while since I could say that without qualifying the statement <g>).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 11-03-09
    Mary 11-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A good story, well read."

    If you liked Sepulchre and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, you'll like Ysabel. I liked this book very much. It's similar to Sepulchre and Labyrinth - a tangling of characters from different times (although from a much earlier period). Set in the same region - Provence. Narrative is well written and moves along, and the descriptions of the earlier history is very interesting. Characters are well defined. Kate Reading does a good job of portraying all the voices -- even the men.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Hilliard, OH, United States 01-02-13
    Corey Hilliard, OH, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Beautiful Writing, Different Type of Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Ysabel the most enjoyable?

    Kate Reading's reading was excellent as always. Kay's writing was full of the beauty and emotion that as a frequent reader I have come to expect.


    What other book might you compare Ysabel to and why?

    Ysabel is similar in style and tone to all of the other Kays books that I've read - Tigana, Song for Arbonne, Lions of Al Rassan - but also very different. It isn't as historical in flavor. The elements are there, but the setting is modern-day with talk of iPods and the Internet. Also, the main characters are teen-agers, so it has something of a young-adult feel to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think I enjoyed the final wrap up the most. Normally, I am disappointed at the end of a book, but I think the destination made the journey worthwhile in Ysabel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How long will your love last?


    Any additional comments?

    It often takes me a bit to get fully engaged in a new Kay novel. Ysabel, however, was probably the hardest for me to get in to. I think that since the setting and main character ran counter to my more traditional fantasy expectations, I had reservations on how much I would like the book. Also, the action is sparse. I am glad, though, that I stuck with it. The second half of the book was beautiful and worth the extra effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michele 07-30-09
    michele 07-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    Every book written by Guy Gavriel Kay is a masterpiece!

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    Jennifer 05-04-09
    Jennifer 05-04-09
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    "Worst narration I've heard yet"

    I nearly gave up on this book. All the male characters sounded alike and they all sounded like delirious surfer dudes. The narration of female characters was better, but not strong, and all the lovely descriptive passages were just not well conveyed at all. The only positive I have to report is that I'm planning to buy and read the actual book to get the taste of the narration out of my brain.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Prather, California, United States 07-01-15
    Sandra Prather, California, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Juvenile"

    Bad writing. Predictable. Kept listening hoping it would get better, but it never did. Not worth the credit or the time spent listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 03-17-15
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 03-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "beautifully woven story"

    Kay has such a talent for creating an astonishing blend of character, setting and plot. Sure, the book could be taken as an extended tourist pamphlet for southern France, but the setting is so essential that it doesn't come off forced.

    I love the characters that Kay creates, because they are such true people, none of them really truly good or truly bad, everyone is just trying the best to get what they want. Each character has their own motivation and is good or evil in relation to that. Also, unlike most books, it was nice to see that when some insane problem faces the fifteen year old main character he doesn't go out and solve a thousand year old problem, he goes to his parents for help, like an actual person not a book character would.

    Two things to keep in mind. Characters from Kay's Fionavar Tapestry books are in this book. Now, you don't need to have read the Tapestry trilogy since the plots aren't really connected, but it might help you understand some of the characters more.

    Second, while I hate to criticize Kay's work, Edward Mariner has two male assistants, yet Greg is the only one who really plays any part in it, and I'm not sure why the other one is in the book at all. It sort of seems like he was written in as an afterthought, and I'm not even sure why. I'm pretty sure he's even referred to by the wrong name at one point. A minor thing, but it just stuck with me as I was listening.

    The narrator did a great job, I thought, of capturing both a teenager's sarcastic inner dialogue and the beauty and scope of the tale and its setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 06-20-14
    Donna 06-20-14

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    "One of my favourites"

    I thought this story was one of Kay's best. It wasn't long but the characterisations were excellent & while it might have been a bit predictable I was caught up in the performance. Very enjoyable & crying out for a sequel or prequel or both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-30-13
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly good"
    Where does Ysabel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I wasn't sure about this book based on some of the reviews, but I was surprised to find it to be pretty good. The storyline was different and interesting. The characters were fun and believable.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Kate Reading. It was strange to hear her reading something other than WOT.


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    "Haunting story, magnificent narration"

    Such a difficult book to review.

    Unlike Kay's other work, this is a fey novel. Kay is a master of his art and this book is no exception. The plot races, unfolding surely in his hands. His characters are precisely, lovingly portrayed with his signature realism. These are real people dealing with unreal situations and events.

    Quick synopsis: a young teenager is transplanted from Montreal to Aix en Provence when he accompanies his photographer father and his team on a photo shoot. He is dragged into an old, old story of betrayal and love that spans millennia, wrecks lives and even cultures. He struggles to understand his place in the tale while racing against time to save a friend.

    The descriptions of Provence are truly beautiful. Such an inspiring place, drenched in sunshine and blood alike.

    Kate Reading is... There aren't enough words to describe her skill. The tone of her voice is soothing, exciting, enticing - a real pleasure to listen to. She handles a 15 year old boy and a millennia old man with ease - not a small feat. She can make even the most turgid story fantastic.

    I have listened, re-listened and listened again. I'm in love with the story and the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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