The Sarantine Mosaic

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 520 ratings

Sailing to Sarantium Publisher's Summary

Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist.

In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast from the mythic past, and in robbing the zubir of its prize, he wins a woman's devotion and a man's loyalty - and loses a gift he didn't know he had until it was gone.

Once in this city ruled by intrigue and violence, he must find his own source of power. Struggling to deal with the dangers and seductive lures of the men and woman around him, Crispin does discover it, in a most unusual place - high on the scaffolding of the greatest work of art ever imagined....

©1998 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Sailing to Sarantium

    • Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic
    • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated by: Berny Clark
    • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist. In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Series

    • By Cody on 08-21-12

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 2

    • Lord of Emperors

    • Book Two of the Sarantine Mosaic
    • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated by: Berny Clark
    • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216

    Crispin the mosaicist wants to concentrate on his art. Rustem of Kerakek, a physician, is also on his own journey of self-discovery. But no man may withdraw from society that easily, and both men soon find themselves drawn into the deadly webs of Sarantium. Lord of Emperors is the sequel to Sailing to Sarantium.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More melodrama

    • By Katherine on 10-12-12

    Regular price: $34.95