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Publisher's Summary

Returning triumphantly to the brilliantly evoked near-Renaissance world of A Brightness Long Ago and Children of Earth and Sky, international bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay deploys his signature "quarter turn to the fantastic" to tell a story of vengeance, power, and love. 

On a dark night along a lonely stretch of coast a small ship sends two people ashore. Their purpose is assassination. They have been hired by two of the most dangerous men alive to alter the balance of power in the world. If they succeed, the consequences will affect the destinies of empires, and lives both great and small.  

One of those arriving at that beach is a woman abducted by corsairs as a child and sold into years of servitude. Having escaped, she is trying to chart her own course—and is bent upon revenge. Another is a seafaring merchant who still remembers being exiled as a child with his family from their home, for their faith, a moment that never leaves him. In what follows, through a story both intimate and epic, unforgettable characters are immersed in the fierce and deadly struggles that define their time.  

All the Seas of the World is a compelling drama that also offers moving reflections on memory, fate, and the random events that can shape our lives—in the past, and today.

©2022 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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What am I excited for you to discover in this story?
"I have always said good novels are about interesting things happening to interesting people, and written as well as possible. My hope is that All the Seas of the World offers this pleasure to listeners, and having the splendid Simon Vance again doing the narration is a huge plus. The book, set in a near-Renaissance period, is very much about people exiled, for different reasons, and longing for a home. And so I suppose it is 'contemporary' right now, in the way I have always felt writing about the past can be. I like the idea of readers awake until two in the morning, racing to finish, but then still thinking about the books long after..." – Guy Gavriel Kay, writer of All the Seas of the World

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Stunning as always

As usual, Kay’s writing glows, and his insight, wit, and intelligent view of the world and the human condition facilitates a new and beautiful perspective for the reader. Profound, complex, and deeply satisfying. Highly recommended.

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exceptional..... right until the last period.

we seemed so far in the book and it seemed so little was left.... but BAM
.. you pull it of with your wonderful poerty.... it all comes together and is executed like some great Moscow ballet! and we can start up again tomorrow with people we love, admire, and cheer for ... edge of the seat stuff here too!!!!

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As Always

Start with the Summer Tree … and you will never look back

Wonderful, I cannot wait to listen to it again!