Lord of Emperors

{5/5} “He is not an old man by any means, but he is sufficiently advanced in years to hear horses and chariots in the night: the distant harbingers of an end to mortal tenure. There is much to do before he hears — as all true and holy Emperors are said to hear — the voice of the god, or the god’s emissary, saying, Uncrown, the Lord of Emperors awaits you now.

Rustem is a knowledgeable doctor who saved the life of the King of Kings. Now he’s travelling to Sarantium to learn what doctors there know — and to be a spy.  Crispin is hard at work on his mosaic on the ceiling of the huge new sanctuary — he includes his deceased wife and children in the design. The Emperor has extremely well thought out plans to reunite the empire, but he also has enemies who will look for their opportunity to kill him. Meanwhile Scortius, the best charioteer, has been unexplainably absent from the hippodrome for days — until he makes a stunning reappearance.

Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay was published in 2000. It’s the sequel to Sailing to Sarantium.

You might think there were enough characters already in this story but more are added. At first I wanted to get to the stories of the characters I knew, but the new characters turned out to be interesting too.

When one significant character is ordered to kill another significant character, you don’t know what the result will be.

It’s about leaving something behind when you die. It’s about royalty and regular people and the places where they intersect. It’s about a man learning to live again after a heartbreaking tragedy.

Kay’s prose is unmatched — every word is perfectly placed.

Even if you don’t usually read fantasy, I encourage you to give Kay a try. If you don’t want to start with a 1000-page work, try Tigana.

I will definitely read more books by Kay in the future.

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