… beguiling alternative Renaissance saga …
This is a beguiling historical yarn set around the Mediterranean during an alternative Renaissance. The novel follows multiple characters: a female archer, a young portrait painter, a dismissed daughter, a merchant’s younger son, who meet and part, weaving their way through the political, religious and commercial themes of their time.
This is a slow yet rewarding read with some genuinely interesting characters and themes that linger for days after I finished. It’s my first GGK and now I do understand the passionate commitment his fans have for his work. This is not so much fantasy as a well-constructed alternative history. He has a remarkable way of recreating a credible texture and depth to background events whilst stitching the personal lives of his characters into the broader geopolitical narrative.
It is also graced by a particularly fine cover design by Ben Summers, though he is not credited on my UK hardback sleeve.
Children of Earth and Sky was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2016.