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The internationally best-selling fantasy novels of Guy Gavriel Kay have won the author numerous awards and immense critical acclaim. Ysabel is a contemporary fantasy that centers on the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence, where a 15-year-old boy accompanies his father on a photo shoot. Befriending a whip-smart American girl and confronting a knife-wielding maniac, the boy finds that the ancient site shimmers with mysteries of fantastical design.

©2007 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2008 Penguin Audio

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nope.

I usually love this author but I'm having a hard time getting through this one.

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  • Lauren Heather
  • 10-15-21

Engaging and different

I really enjoyed this story and it lives up fully to the description. This take on fantasy successfully crafts a true feel of magic within the Provence countryside by including local history and culture to pull the reader in. As someone who lived in Aix en Provence for a year, I can verify the accuracy of place and genuinely say that I did feel returned to the streets of Aix whilst reading.

My only bugbear is with the narrator who does not pronounce ‘Aix’ correctly. (She annunciates it as ‘Ayyx’, emphasising the A sound instead of the correct form used by all locals: ‘Ex’).