Books

YSABEL by Guy Gavriel Kay, narrated by Kate Reading

YSABEL is a magical blend of history and fantasy, set in the ancient cathedral of Saint Sauveur in Aix-en-Provence. When teenaged Ned Marriner, son of a famous photographer, finds himself at loose ends, and begins to wander amongst the ancient stones, he finds that the place isn’t quite as empty as he believes.

This was my first Guy Gavriel Kay read, and so I cannot comment about his other work. What I loved about this novel was that the characters and situations of the present day were just as strong as those of the past, so I didn’t find myself distracted by dying to know what was going on in the past, while being forced to wade through uninspired material about the modern era.

But the most magical parts came, of course, from the past. The scene in which one of the female characters becomes Ysabel is etched onto my memory. Five stars.