Guy Gavriel Kay is an award-winning Canadian fantasy author. His works are known for hewing close to medieval European history, and for having very little magic.
As a young man, he worked with Christopher Tolkien preparing Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' for publication.
** ''The Summer Tree''
** ''The Wandering Fire''
** ''The Darkest Road''
** ''Sailing To Sarantium''
** ''Lord Of Emperors''
* ''Beyond This Dark House''
* ''River of Stars''
!!Tropes common to his works include:
* AlienSky: The multiple moons variety.
* AuthorAppeal: Masquerade carnivals with anonymous sex. Also, male submission and cheating wives.
* CanonWelding: Elements from ''The Fionavar Tapestry'' show up in other books occasionally.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Thinly veiled stand-ins for real world religions appear in most of his novels.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: A recurring theme in his novels, the plots of several of them are kick-started by one palace intrigue or another.
* DiseaseByAnyOtherName: Diabetes shows up in ''Literature/UnderHeaven'', under the name "the sugar sickness".
* DoubleStandard: Kay consistently portrays cheating husbands as scum, but cheating wives as perfectly acceptable.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: He sticks so closely to the source material that individual characters can be matched one for one with historical figures from the original cultures.
* HistoricalFantasy: Kay's basic modus operandi is to take a not-too-well-known historical event, change all the names (but keep the original cultural flavourings intact--the country may be called Kitai, but everyone still speaks Chinese and have Mandarin names), add a dash of magic, and construct the character's arcs around it. Namely:
** ''Tigana'': The unification of Italy
** ''A Song for Arbonne'': The Albigensian Crusade
** ''The Lions of Al-Rassan'': The Spanish Reconquista
** ''Sailing To Sarantium'': The rise of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I
** ''Lord Of Emperors'': The Nika Riots of Constantinople
** ''The Last Light of the Sun'': The Viking incursion during the reign of Alfred the Great
** ''Under Heaven'': The An Lushan Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty
** ''River of Stars'': The Jin-Song War and the fall of the Northern Song Dynasty
** ''Children of Earth and Sky'': The aftermath of the Fall of Constantinople and the intrigues between the Maritime Republics.
* LowFantasy: While magic is always present to one degree or another in his novels, it usually remains in the background, and plays a small role in the outcome of the events depicted.