An ethereal tale set in an illustrious and ancient corner of the world, Ysabel is a remarkable achievement by one of Canada's most celebrated storytellers.
The Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur of Aix-en-Provence is from a bygone age. Complex and full of secrets, it is the perfect monument for a celebrated photographer to shoot. For his teenaged son, Ned Marriner, it is a fascinating place to explore, but he soon discovers that the cathedral stands upon ancient ground. Long ago, when the roads of Provence were walked by Celtic tribes and Roman legions, the land was plagued by warfare--and the past is still very much alive here. On one sacred, haunted night of the year, when the borders between the living and the dead disappear and fires are lit upon the hills, Ned finds himself drawn into an age-old story. A story in which dangerous, mythic figures erupt into the present, claiming and altering lives forever.
GUY GAVRIEL KAY is the author of thirteen novels (most recently Children of Earth and Sky), and a book of poetry. He has written book reviews and social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada, and The Guardian in England. Translations of his books have appeared in thirty languages and have been on bestseller lists in many countries. Kay has spoken and read on behalf of his publishers and at literary events around the world. He was been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.
Visit his website at www.brightweavings.com. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
“Kay is at his finest.... Mythic.... Compelling.... Splendid.” —The Globe and Mail
“A taut and moving thriller ... a powerful story of the complexities of family love and loss.... Fantastic.” —The Edmonton Journal
“Stylish ... vivid and satisfying ... with moments of sublime eeriness.” —The Washington Post
“Compelling ... tantalizing ... Kay makes the most of the splendid south of France. You can just about taste it.” —Calgary Herald