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A Brightness Long Ago

(2019)
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International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay's latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition.

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count - and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.

Danio's fate changed the moment he saw and recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count's chambers one autumn night - intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger - and freedom. Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.

Vivid figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.

A Brightness Long Ago offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune's wheel.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Guy Gavriel Kay has a wonderful talent. He tells stories in an invented world that is so rich in historical echoes that I found myself smiling with pleasure as I heard the echoes, while engrossed in the story. Warmly recommended." - Edward Rutherfurd


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Hardback Editions

May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 0-451-47298-5 / 978-0-451-47298-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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May 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 1-4736-9233-4 / 978-1-4736-9233-6 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 0-670-06870-5 / 978-0-670-06870-8 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Brightness Long Ago, A
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 0-14-319263-9 / 978-0-14-319263-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 0-451-47299-3 / 978-0-451-47299-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 1-4736-9237-7 / 978-1-4736-9237-4 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
ISBN: 1-4736-9234-2 / 978-1-4736-9234-3 (UK edition)
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
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May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
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May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
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May 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Kindle Editions

May 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Berkley
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May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Brightness Long Ago
Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Viking
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