Lord of Emperors

Lord of Emperors

Guy Gavriel Kay / Jun 03, 2020

Lord of Emperors In the golden city of Sarantium the renowned mosaicist Crispin seeks to fulfill his artistic ambitions and his destiny high upon a dome intended to be the emperor s enduring sanctuary and legacy But

  • Title: Lord of Emperors
  • Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • ISBN: 9780451463548
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the golden city of Sarantium, the renowned mosaicist Crispin seeks to fulfill his artistic ambitions and his destiny high upon a dome intended to be the emperor s enduring sanctuary and legacy But the beauty and solitude of his work cannot protect him from the dangerous intrigues of a court and cit that swirl with rumors of war and conspiracy, while otherworldly firesIn the golden city of Sarantium, the renowned mosaicist Crispin seeks to fulfill his artistic ambitions and his destiny high upon a dome intended to be the emperor s enduring sanctuary and legacy But the beauty and solitude of his work cannot protect him from the dangerous intrigues of a court and cit that swirl with rumors of war and conspiracy, while otherworldly fires mysteriously flicker and disappear in the streets at night The emperor is plotting a conquest of Crispin s homeland to regain an empire, and because Crispin s fate is entwined with that of his royal benefactor, his loyalties come at a very high price.And another voyager has arrived in the imperial city Rustem of Kerakek, a physician from an eastern desert kingdom who is determined to find his own fate amid the shifting, treacherous currents of passion and violence that define Sarantium.

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      • Guy Gavriel Kay

        Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible.


    1. *** 5 ***A buddy read with the Kay Squad @ FBR, because sometimes we need something to feed the soul!!!I am not going to beat around the bush. I have been melancholy. Many reasons, mostly Real Life is a B@#$h, and I have been struggling with reading anything. However, you know that moment while you are reading something and your soul gets heavier at first, then starts pulsing with life again and you realize you are reading something remarkable? This is what happened toward the end of this duolog [...]

    2. So, how does one make a mosaic? First, you mix quicklime for the setting bed. Then, you tend to it in the oven making sure the texture is just right. Once this has been accomplished, you lay it smoothly on the surface. Only then can you start placing the tesserae in the setting bed.tes·ser·a (tĕs′ər-ə) n. pl. tes·ser·ae (tĕs′ə-rē′). One of the small squares of stone or glass used in making mosaic patterns.The previous book in the duology accounts for first three steps (under the [...]

    3. I was thinking for a long time what to write about this book. I let my emotions cool down a bit before I write anything because "OH MY GOOD THIS IS FUCKING GREAT" type of review seems out of character. After some consideration I decided that I mostly said everything in in my review of the first bookbut there is one big difference.In that review I wrote:Story is slow paced and not that eventful and without huge twists or tear jerking moments.This doesn't apply here. Here we see story develop much [...]

    4. Lyrical, powerful and engaging since the beginning. The second part of this duet raises the stakes of this “game of countries” even higher, and the way the story's tapestry is woven is as exquisite as it could be expected, if not more.Against the backdrop of "the city of performers, the heart of things", which has attracted so many people with different goals and desires, the characters meet, mingle, clash or form alliances, and layer after layer of deceptions, ambitions and dreams peels off [...]

    5. 9/10Lord of Emperors is another great example of Kay’s talent as in this book he has added much more characters and making a more complex story than the previous one, full with intrigues, machinations, betrayals and some great twists.The story continues with Rustem, a physician from Bassania, as he is summoned by the King of Kings to save his life but to take also a mission to Sarantium that may well bring him to great danger and will, probably, may cost him his own life in the way. However, a [...]

    6. Στο σχόλιο για το πρώτο μέρος το μόνο ελάττωμα είναι ότι η ίδια ιστορία δεν φαινόταν να οδηγεί σε κάτι πραγματικά συναρπαστικό, μετά την ολοκλήρωση της ανάγνωσης του έργου, όμως, μπορώ να πω ότι και αυτή η εκκρεμότητα λύνεται από το συγγραφέα. Καθώς περνάνε οι σελίδες η ιστο [...]

    7. Από τα καλύτερα του συγγραφέα και με εξαιρετικό ενδιαφέρον για Έλληνες αναγνώστες, γιατί διαδραμτίζεται σε μια alternative universe/fantasy εκδοχή του Βυζαντίου.

    8. Where to begin with this one??? I guess I should tell you that I was trying not to cry (without success) after reading the first 30 pages. I did in fact cry a little bit, which is extremely rare for me to do while reading. I shed some tears and then walked outside to get some fresh air. Suddenly people were asking me why my eyes were so bloodshot? I'd been discovered!!! Of course in defense of my manhood I had to lie and tell them that I was just tired and had been yawning a lot. I thought that [...]

    9. Another re-read, but these books bear reading time and time again. Crispin is one of the best realised heroes in modern fiction

    10. fantasyliterature/reviLord of Emperors is the second (and final) novel in Guy Gavriel Kay’s THE SARANTINE MOSAIC duology. The story, set in a pseudo-Byzantine Empire, mostly centers on Crispin, a mosaicist from a neighboring kingdom who’s been commissioned to decorate the ceiling of a new chapel the emperor is building. Against his wishes, Crispin has been drawn into the Sarantine court’s political intrigue. In this second installment, the political turmoil finally comes to a head and Cris [...]

    11. An amazing book! I was really surprised and pleased that Part 2 of The Sarantine Mosaic was even better than the first Part! It was easy to figure out it was Kay's conception of a fantasy Byzantium. I'm so glad that not only did he concentrate on Crispin, the Rhodian [Roman] mosaicist but that there were fascinating subplots involving characters from the previous novel. I liked his introduction of a sympathetic Bassanid [Persian] physician, Rustem. Rustem had been sent as a spy by the King of Ki [...]

    12. Probably only a 4.5, but there are so few really good reads out there, that I'm giving Kay extra credit. ;-) He completed a broad, subtle effort in just two books. (Not hard to see why it's peddled as four books in some locales.) Was concerned that the second volume was turning into a Peyton Place, but Kay got back on track with horse racing and bloody mayhem. (Better cover art on other editions. Got the feeling this artist had never seen pictures of, let alone stood inside, Hagia Sophia in Ista [...]

    13. Another really enjoyable read by Guy Gavriel Kay. Beautiful writing and a great story, the only thing that made me bring it down a star was that it annoyed me that it seemed like almost every woman in the book was in love with or desired Crispin. Come to think of it it was also some of the relationships in Tigana that made me bring that down a star as well, particularly one that just came out of the blue at the end.

    14. I've decided there is nothing quite like reading Guy Gavriel Kay. There's nothing quite like the feeling I've had after finishing the last words of two of his intricate stories: sorrow, sure; a bit of residual anger over the unfairness of things, this lingers; peace, overwhelmingly so.Experiencing the way he pulls the threads of another magnificent story to their conclusion is truly remarkable. Somehow he is both able to surprise me and able to make me say, "Of course." and "How could it be anyt [...]

    15. Guy Gavriel Kay is amazing. Seriously, amazing. He never fails to move me. After finishing Sailing to Sarantium, I said in my review that I wouldn't know how I felt about The Sarantine Mosaic until I finished Lord of Emperors. Having now finished it (obviously, hence this review), I have to say Wow. This book was just Amazing. From beginning to end, I loved it. There were so many heart wrenching moments, beautifully written, that just drilled into the core of me and left me speechless. I know, t [...]

    16. Like with Under Heaven, I found the ending to a let-down. Kay seems to be desperate to wraps up every loose end, to close the book on the entire life of nearly every character you've come to care about, and sometimes the epilogue he writes for these characters is inadequte to their due. It's a shame, because I like a little mystery when a good book comes to a close: I enjoy being left wanting more, but Kay doesn't want to give me more, and is adverse to leaving the reader with room for speculati [...]

    17. Tremendous follow up to Kay's SAILING TO SARANTIUM. This is historical/fantasy fiction at its finest. It is not, however, "true" fantasy, though I say that with some trepidation. In LORD OF EMPERORS, Kay documents the Byzantine Empire and its changes, sometimes quoting directly from the history books and putting those quotes in the mouths of his fictionalized-but-real historical figures. Best thing I can say about this novel, having read the two part series, is that when I finished the book, I c [...]

    18. Guy Gavriel Kay certainly kept me turning the pages on this wrap-up to his Sarantine Mosaic duo. We're introduced to a few more wonderful characters like the charming, indomitable, and convoluted young-old soul, Scortius, the champion charioteer of the Blues. And he deepens and revisits old characters thoroughly as well. Though the plot thickens and the entire last third of the book is an intricate, hair-pin turn denouement of sorts, this second book is as much about character development as the [...]

    19. So very good. Like all of his books, the reader is transported to a rich world, patterned on a real segment of history.

    20. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT FANTASY LITERATURE***SPOILERS BELOW ARE HIDDEN***With Lord of Emperors, Guy Gavriel Kay brings his THE SARANTINE MOSAIC duology to a brilliant conclusion. The sequel to Sailing to Sarantium, Lord of Emperors continues to follow the life of Caius Crispus (Crispin), a mosaicist from the fallen Western empire who is called to Sarantium. Although Crispin repeatedly notes that he is but a mere artist, he is dragged into the world of the court and political intrigue against his wi [...]

    21. The second book of the Sarantine Mosaic. We follow the potential war between cities, the chariot races underlying the tension between Blues and Greens, and of course the characters that are trying to stay afloat and survive in their daily lives.I almost hate that it ended so well because it makes me really want to give 3 stars when I feel like it only deserved 1 or maybe 2 around the middle of the book. I seriously almost dnf around page 200 (about 50%) of the book because it got so boring and a [...]

    22. Lord of Emperors brings the great characters and the great world of Sailing to Sarantium (my review) and adds so much more, in this conclusion to Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine Mosaic.The characters are pretty much the same as the first book. The addition of Rustem, a doctor, introduces us to the Bassanid (Muslim like culture) and has much to do in the book. With all of the worldbuilding in the first book, there isn't much new introduced. But there are more magical allusions made that speak to more [...]

    23. I enjoyed Sailing to Sarantium, and its sequel is even better. To me this story is about the relationship between art and life, about (re)creating life through art. Kay also takes us alongas Crispin begins to heal after the loss of his daughters and wife. (view spoiler)[I cried when Valerius III, newly crowned, announced that Crispin's mosaic design for the dome was inappropriate fora holy space and the work-in-progress would be destroyed. As Crispin points out, it is a death. Both of the creati [...]

    24. This is one of those books where you can´t stop flipping pages, but feel an intense, but bittersweet sorrow when it ends, and need to reflect on what you just read before even thinking about reading something else.Deeply insightful, as most of Kay´s works, Sarantine Mosaic lives up to it´s name in many different levels. On one hand the main protagonist is a Mosaic worker, but on the other the whole story consist of a lot of pieces that form a big picture in the end. Small things, seeming mund [...]

    25. Finished it, after a marathon session last night, and it was absolutely worth it. The second half of the novel has far better pacing, we spend far less time on ruminations and things set in motion early in the first novel get their resolutions.The writing is brilliant as always, the symmetry in the plot beautiful and painstaking, the themes of the transience of beauty and, well, really the transience of almost everything, and what mark we leave on the world, our heritage, are handled neatly. It [...]

    26. Re-reading this book after quite some time, I quite enjoyed it. I think, in re-reading some of the author's earlier books, I was mildly disappointed when the language didn't have the same impact as I recalled. Mind you, there are plenty of years of experience under the bridge since the initial reads, but the atmosphere, the language, weren't as impactful (intense being to strong a word, I think, to use in this instance). So, I really savoured the beginning of this book. The setting having a dist [...]

    27. I finished this book a couple of days ago.Sailing to Sarantium was all about people taking leaps and changing their lives. Lord of Emperors, on the other hand, is more about endings and people dying -- the "Lord of Emperors" is Jad (God), and the reference is made at people's deaths (that they are going to meet the Lord of Emperors). Lots of deaths, lots of comeuppances, lots of failed plans here -- also a lot of "what you think is important is merely a grain of sand; and what you think is trivi [...]

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