Guy Gavriel Kay

Synopsis of Ysabel

Saint-Saveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets-a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works.

But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day-and it's calling out to Ned.

Reviews of Ysabel


This is a troubling Book for Kay, whose narrative voice is so strong for fantasies involving poetic, heroic language... bringing that narrative to contemporary fantasy somehow trivializes the content. -- Inchoatus

While sophisticated readers will like much of the novel, ultimately they may end less satisfied. -- Mel Jacob, SFRevu

...while his willingness to come at the genre from a different angle with Ysabel hasn't resulted in a bad novel, he's not fully on form here either. -- Thomas M. Wagner, SFReviews.NET

The writing is pure Kay, and I'd read it for that alone, but the story is oddly disappointing... -- Alma A. Hromic, SFsite.com

Part fantasy, part history and all literary, Ysabel could only be written by a veteran novelist. -- Candice G. Ball, Calgary Herald

As Guy Gavriel Kay's first venture into contemporary fantasy, Ysabel is just fantastic. -- Douglas Barbour, Edmonton Journal