Guy Gavriel Kay blends Norse and Celtic myth to create an epic historical fantasy in THE LAST LIGHT OF THE SUN (4), a stand-alone novel set in the same world as his Sarantine Mosaic series, based on the 9th and 10th century Viking invasions of Britain. When brothers Dai and Alun, Cyngael princes, are caught in an Erling raid, a chain of events is set off that leads Alun to the Anglcyn court of King Aeldred. Then enemies unite in a common cause, and Alun gets caught up in battle preparations, questioning loyalty and faith alike. This has the large, varied cast, impeccable world-building and nonstop action typical of a Kay novel. The reader may need a scorecard for the numerous characters and plot threads, but this is nothing new to fans of epic fantasy. (Mar., 512 pp., $24.95)
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