Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay coverCHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY
Guy Gavriel Kay
Berkley Trade Paperback
$17.00 / 592 pages
May 2, 2017

“This big, powerful fantasy offers an intricately detailed setting, marvelously believable characters, and an international stew of cultural and religious conflict writ larger than large.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Kay triumphs at creating complex political landscapes and then populating them with characters who make the stakes important and the struggles real. Another magnificent ­history-that-never-was from a master.” —Library Journal, starred review

“As with all of Kay’s novels, the lush historical tapestry serves principally as background for compelling, sympathetic characters whose stories gradually weave together in ingenious ways.” —Chicago Tribune

 “…a sweeping epic fantasy with a robust cast of characters…an accessible tale about how various characters create spiritual narratives to deal with survival and loss.” —Washington Post


Last year, CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY by Guy Gavriel Kay, the bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, debuted to widespread acclaim from both readers and reviewers alike. Set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe, CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY followed the lives of the men and women on the borderlands—a place where empires and faiths collide.

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request – and possibly to do more – and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman posing as a doctor’s wife but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif – to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates – and those of many others – will hang in the balance when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the getaway to the western world.

This May, Berkley will release CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY in a stunning trade paperback edition. If you have not yet had a chance to read CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY and you would like to take a look, I’m happy to send a review copy to you. And if you did feature the hardcover release last year, I hope you will consider helping us promote the trade paperback with a spotlight feature around its release. Thank you so much for your consideration—please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!




Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of twelve previous novels and a book of poetry. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in literature of the fantastic and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

For more information, please visit and follow Guy Gavriel Kay on twitter @GuyGavrielKay

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