History Literature / TheLastLightOfTheSun

4th Nov '14 8:08:43 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* {{Sadist}}: Ivar again. He always tortures his victims, and his goal in life is to blood-eagle somebody while keeping them alive the whole time.
17th Sep '14 9:34:40 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love especially between father and son, being particularly prominent.

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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love especially between father and son, being son--being particularly prominent.
9th Jun '14 11:23:16 PM devilledeyecandy
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* RapeIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Averted. The original ''volur'' forcing Bern to sleep with her is portrayed as very creepy.
9th Jun '14 11:22:00 PM devilledeyecandy
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* DoubleStandard: Kay's usual double standard about cheating wives being okay, but cheating husbands being bad is present, albeit in far smaller doses (there's only one example).



* HappilyMarried: Aeldred and his wife, though don't tell [[SexIsEvil her]] that. Brynn and his wife are supposed to be, but given her constantly cheating on him with his best friend Cenion, it is very easy to conclude the exact opposite.
** ...was I the only one who got the impression that they were a threesome?

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* HappilyMarried: Aeldred and his wife, though don't tell [[SexIsEvil her]] that. Brynn and his wife are supposed as well, in what seems to be, but given her constantly cheating on him be an open marriage that allows for both to sleep with his best friend Cenion, it is very easy to conclude the exact opposite.
** ...was I the only one who got the impression that they were a threesome?
other people without either being upset.
14th May '14 11:53:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheMessiah: Aeldred tries, although he does have his [[DarkMessiah darker]] moments. One case that's frequently mentioned is his sparing of the Erling who blood-eageled his father.
9th Mar '14 8:19:52 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modelled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love especially between father and son, being particularly promient.

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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modelled modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love especially between father and son, being particularly promient.
prominent.



The book as a whole has been quite well recieved, with critics praising its darker tone, evocative settings, well-developed characters, and general sense of grandeur and nostalgia. It's worth noting that the book contains far less sex and politics than is usual for Kay, and a lot more violence. Depending on the reader this may be a good thing or a bad one. Kay was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Sunburst Award after writing it.

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The book as a whole has been quite well recieved, received, with critics praising its darker tone, evocative settings, well-developed characters, and general sense of grandeur and nostalgia. It's worth noting that the book contains far less sex and politics than is usual for Kay, and a lot more violence. Depending on the reader this may be a good thing or a bad one. Kay was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Sunburst Award after writing it.



* AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Ivar Ragnarson is the bastard who got the whole plot started with his raid on Brynn's farm. He's the one who gets a bunch of surrenderring Erlings massacred when he shoots a captured Earl instead of letting them ransom him. He has, at various points in-story, plotted against every named character. And he dies when Bern stabs him in the back [[ShutUpHannibal midconversation]]]].



* BittersweetEnding: The Erlings are gone, and Alun, Aethelbert, and Bern all survive, while [[TheSociopath Ivar]] dies. Aeldred and his wife stay together, and he fully intends to turn his kingdom into a civilisation that will match those in the south. Yet [[spoiler: Thorkell]] is dead and never really reconciled with his son, and both the raids, and the feelings of mystery and magic in the world, are fading away. See EndOfAnAge for more on that.

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* BittersweetEnding: The Erlings are gone, and Alun, Aethelbert, and Bern all survive, while [[TheSociopath Ivar]] dies. Aeldred and his wife stay together, and he fully intends to turn his kingdom into a civilisation civilization that will match those in the south. Yet [[spoiler: Thorkell]] is dead and never really reconciled with his son, and both the raids, and the feelings of mystery and magic in the world, are fading away. See EndOfAnAge for more on that.
24th Sep '13 9:30:12 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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** ALighterShadeOfGrey: The Angelcyn and Cyngael are supposed to be this, but it doesn't really stick. Kay captutres [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Erling]] culture well enough that they come off as equally sympathetic, despite their fondness for raiding and murder. Only [[TheSociopath Ivar]]'s presence really blackens their reputation.

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** ALighterShadeOfGrey: The Angelcyn and Cyngael are supposed to be this, but it doesn't really stick. Kay captutres captures [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Erling]] culture well enough that they come off as equally sympathetic, despite their fondness for raiding and murder. Only [[TheSociopath Ivar]]'s presence really blackens their reputation.
8th Sep '13 3:46:29 AM DougSMachina
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The book as a whole has been quite well recieved, with critics praising its darker tone, evocative settings, well-developed characters, and general sense of grandeur and nostalgia. It's worth noting that the book contains far less sex and politics than is usual for Kay, and a lot more violence. Depending on the reader this may be a good thing or a bad one. Kay was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Sunburst Award after writing it. An excellent read.

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The book as a whole has been quite well recieved, with critics praising its darker tone, evocative settings, well-developed characters, and general sense of grandeur and nostalgia. It's worth noting that the book contains far less sex and politics than is usual for Kay, and a lot more violence. Depending on the reader this may be a good thing or a bad one. Kay was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Sunburst Award after writing it. An excellent read.
3rd Mar '13 2:31:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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Some people though, will get caught up in the changes around them. The story opens as young Erling, Bern Thorkellson, whose father's rages have destroyed his family, steals a deceased governor's horse, and flees his homeland. In Cyngael, Alun ap Owyn and his brother, [[DeadLittleSister Dai]], plot to steal cattle from RetiredBadass Brynn ap Hywyll. And in the Angelcyn court, Aeldred's son, Aethelbert struggles to escape the shadow of the father he loves, but cannot be. These three, along with numerous others will be tied together by fate, as the Erlings of [[HiredGuns Jormsvik]] plan one, last, great raid.

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Some people though, will get caught up in the changes around them. The story opens as young Erling, Bern Thorkellson, whose father's rages have destroyed his family, steals a deceased governor's horse, and flees his homeland. In Cyngael, Alun ap Owyn and his brother, [[DeadLittleSister Dai]], Dai, plot to steal cattle from RetiredBadass Brynn ap Hywyll. And in the Angelcyn court, Aeldred's son, Aethelbert struggles to escape the shadow of the father he loves, but cannot be. These three, along with numerous others will be tied together by fate, as the Erlings of [[HiredGuns Jormsvik]] plan one, last, great raid.



* DeadLittleSister: Alun's brother, Dai.
6th Jan '13 7:24:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheArcher: Many among the Angelcyn ranks. Ivar too.



* DirtyCoward: Mikkel is one. [[TheArcher Ivar]] is often regarded as such, but the truth is [[CombatPragmatist much]], [[TheSociopath much]] [[ManipulativeBastard worse]].

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* DirtyCoward: Mikkel is one. [[TheArcher Ivar]] Ivar is often regarded as such, but the truth is [[CombatPragmatist much]], [[TheSociopath much]] [[ManipulativeBastard worse]].
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