By Guy Gavriel Kay
From the a number of award-winning writer of Tigana, A track for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can simply be in comparison to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this strong, relocating saga inspires the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of one thousand years ago.
Author Biography: man Gavriel Kay has been provided the foreign Goliardos Prize for his paintings within the literature of the wonderful, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and has been nominated thrice for the realm fable Award. His works were translated into 21 languages.
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