The multiple award-winning fantasy author of The Fionavar Tapestry brings his extraordinary imagination to a tale of mythic figures in contemporary times...
Ned Marriner is in France with his father, a celebrated photographer shooting the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence. While exploring the cathedral, Ned meets Kate, an American exchange student with a deep knowledge of the area’s history. But even Kate is at a loss when she and Ned surprise a scar-faced stranger, wearing a leather jacket and carrying a knife. “I think you ought to go now,” he tells them. “You have blundered into a corner of a very old story...”
In this ancient place, where the borders between the living and the long-dead are thin, Ned and his family are about to be drawn into a haunted story, as mythic figures from conflicts of long ago erupt into the present, changing—and claiming—lives.
Praise for Ysabel "Will enthrall mainstream as well as fantasy readers."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Ysabel is beyond honed. It reads like a perfectly cut jewel...It is very much like a great classic Hollywood film."--Science Fiction Weekly
"[Kay] turns out quality work every time. Ysabel is another testament to his storytelling skill."--The Davis Enterprise
"Outstanding characters, folklore, and action add up to another Kay must-read."--Booklist
"Kay constructs a suspenseful narrative, and he uses the atmosphere of Provence to good effect."--The Toronto Star
"Encapsulates my experience of reading Kay's work--that the sense of loss experienced when his world slips away and his tale is told will be profound, but the beauty of the experience is worth that loss."--Fantasy & Science Fiction
More Praise for the Novels of Guy Gavriel Kay
"[Read] anything by Guy Gavriel Kay...His strengths are strong characters and fantastic set pieces."--The New Yorker
"History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay."--The Washington Post Book World
"Kay shows why he's the heir to Tolkien's tradition."--Booklist
"Kay is a genius. I've read him all my life and am always inspired by his work."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
"A storyteller on the grandest scale."--Time Magazine, Canada