by Guy Gavriel Kay
Simon & Schuster Ltd Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0743252500
Date: 05 March 2007 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Already released in Canada to huge acclaim (it reached No. 2 in the Canadian bestseller lists) Ysabel is the new novel from Guy Gavriel Kay, one of the smartest and most meticulous of fantasy writers. This is a hard cover release by Simon & Schuster - and it sure seems a shame to me that they would spend all that money on the binding and jacket, charge £18.99 for the book, but print it on such horrible cheap paper! GGK collectors note : your first UK edition of Ysabelmay well be decay to saw-dust before the decade is out.
"Ysabel gains impetus and force from the blood-soaked soil of Provence itself. With its Celtic and Roman histories and mythologies, the region is fertile ground for the style of mythic storytelling that readers associate with Kay, and the land almost becomes a character in its own right. In Kay's hands, the tourist-friendly veneer is lifted away, revealing hills that run red with blood and memory, ruins that form the backdrop for ritual bonfires on Beltaine, and caves that sing of a love story that must play itself out, generation after generation." -- Toronto Globe & Mail