by Guy Gavriel Kay
Review by Mel Jacob
Roc Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0451461290
Date: 06 February, 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Guy Gavriel Kay's newest fantasy novel, Ysabel, a coming of age story, follows the adventures of 15-year-old Ned Marriner taking time off from school to visit Provence with his famous photographer father. Ned's mother, Meghan, works in Darfur with Doctors Without Borders. Both Ned and his father worry for her safety. Then, his father's assistant turns up missing and Ned himself is threatened. From official release/information:
Book Description: Saint-Saveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets-a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day-and it's calling out to Ned.
While exploring the cathedral, Ned meets Kate Wenger, an American exchange student with a deep knowledge of the area's history. But even Kate is at a loss when she and Ned surprise a scar-faced stranger, wearing a leather jacket and carrying a knife, deep inside the cathedral. "I think you ought to go now," he tell them. "You have blundered into a corner of a very old story..."
(Source: Roc Hardcover)