A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Reviewed by Sam!
**We received an e-ARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Guy and Berkley for the opportunity to review. This book comes out on May 14th and you can get it here.**
What I drank prior: So I’m feeling the need to sing UVA’s Good Ol’ Song over and over again. UVA won March Madness and I’m so fuckin stoked. I drank all the things.
Spoiler-free Overview: uh… so… this is hard cause I’m still not sure what this book is about. I know that it’s about a period in time of our man Guidanio’s life where he hangs out with two mercenary war lords and their… minions? The story starts with the death of G’s “master” who’s the actual worst, an actually abusive human who’s also a rapist… so… not mad he died. No one is mad he was assassinated by Adria at the request of one of our war lords… and G sort of helps her out. This starts his journey of murder, spycraft, deadly horse races (not joking), and more. Anyway… he ends up a couple times in between these two men.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I spent most of this book not knowing what it was about lol. Like I spent a lot of time saying “what’s this book’s purpose?” And then we got the end and you’re like… ooohhhhHh. That all said I enjoyed the hell out of it. If you like political machinations… you’re gonna love this.
Characters: this book loves its characters. It’s all about how the plot furthers the characters’ growth. Also… what I fucking love… is that Kay adds some extra POVs that surround our main characters but aren’t the main characters.. it’s really good to show how our MC’s choices affect others. Super unique format and I love it.
Plot: Uh? Is there a plot? Things were like… going along… and then something external happens which halts all the fucking plans,.. and then it sort of.. ends, beautifully. I want more but I’m not gonna get it but I WANT MORE
Writing Style: it’s fucking stunning. I didn’t realize until the end but it’s beautiful.
World Building: I. NEED. MKRE.
What to pair it with: A cosmo. It’s a sippy drink but it’ll fuck you up if you have too many.
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: This was my first Guy Gavriel Kay, and I loved it. What of his would you recommend I pick up next?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,