Book Review: A Brightness Long Ago: Guy Gavriel Kay

Dear reader I couldn’t sleep so I finished reading “A Brightness Long Ago” by Guy Gavriel Kay. I picked up this book in hardcover edition from Amazon(I paid for it myself) because it seemed interesting and I love books set in Itay like place. My personal review of the book is as follows:

The way that the storyline would go back and forth(at times) between the different characters within the scene(you as a reader would be shown something then you’d see the same scene again from a different character’s perspective) was a bit hard to follow and (in my personal opinion) repetitive after a while.

You’re as a reader(in my personal opinion) dropped into the story without being given any framework for where the plot is going and what the (for lack of a better way of phrasing it) “end goal” of the story is(aside from the obvious of a man telling you about part of his life story), in my personal opinion this story doesn’t really have a “payoff” that you’re waiting for as a reader(as you’re told over and over again by the main character as he’s narrating the story that he makes it because he’s telling the story) so you don’t really worry about him.

Normally that would bother me as a person who is a very plot driven reader however I personally became attached to the narrator and wanted to see where he would end his story.

I personally feel that the author was a bit heavy handed with his stopping to put in his own thoughts on life and memory, especially “what ifs”(I almost feel like for as much as he brings up what ifs he should’ve found a way to show us as readers at least one alternative played out especially since it’s a fictional story), It almost feels to me personally as if the author wanted to make these points so he built a storyline around them to have a better reason to tell them.

I’m thankful for the escape from life that the story gave me. I also think that “Adria” is one of the most compelling, unique, and bad ass female main characters I’ve ever read(I have to vent a bit and say that I personally think that she deserves a better ending).

I think that if you like hearing/reading story just for the sake of knowing the tale and you don’t need a big “payoff” or point at the end then you should check out the book.

Overall because of how much I liked the characters and the setting I’m rate this book a 5 out of 10. Happy reading dear reader ☺. Please like and share this review if you enjoyed it doing so helps me to get approved by publishers and authors for future books and helps others to find my reviews 💜.

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