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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy Gavriel Kay Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets—a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer’s son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn’t the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day—and it’s calling out to Ned …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kay tells a vivid and satisfying tale, with moments of sublime eeriness when past and present blur.”

    Washington Post

  • “Kay is at his finest. There are many writers who have shown us the gods walking among us, the age-old stories alive in the modern world. Rare are those able to demonstrate that those gods, those stories, live within us, and are as essential to our existence as oxygen. Guy Gavriel Kay is one of those rare few, and Ysabel is a splendid addition to his body of work.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Kay’s language is poetic and thought-provoking, and his sensitively drawn characters are the perfect complement.”

    Romantic Times (Top Pick)

  • Ysabel, as much as the trilogy Kay was first known for, is an unpredictable, sometimes disquieting adventure—[The] Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for adults.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “An explorer of history and myths, Kay has a special affinity for the people behind the larger-than-life legends that persist through time. His latest fantasy blends time and place in a crossing of worlds and universal truths.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A fantastic novel of modern people confronting ancient powers. Ysabel is a great way to kick off the year.”


  • Winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • A 2008 Mythopoeic Award Finalist
  • A 2007 Library Journal Best Book for Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • A 2008 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Efseine | 2/18/2014

    " I don't know that Kay's style quite fits with a younger protagonist or a contemporary setting, but this novel is still enjoyable and well-written (it's Kay, so that's a given). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/13/2014

    " Ysabel is usually not the kind of book I pick up at my book store, but since it was written by one of my favourite author I did read it. First off the bat I always love his style of writing which keeps me engross in the book even though some part kind of bored me. The story is interesting and kept me captivated while I got invested in the character. The only problem I have is that during the whole book I felt like I was waiting for something big to happen only to be disappointed from the anti-climatic ending. Not a bad book, but will never read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by michele_blue | 2/7/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite of Kay's, and not just because of the contemporary setting. I found it difficult to dive into the point-of-view character's...point of view. Lovely, because everything he writes is lovely, but lacking the poignancy of some of the other books he's written. Note that I hold him to an extremely high standard; he's one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori Murton | 1/20/2014

    " I really liked this book until I got to the ending (which I thought was weak). I especially enjoyed the return of some of the characters from the Fionavar Tapestry - very nice surprise. "

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