Ysabel is the first novel I have read from author Guy Gavriel Kay. I bought it from the book club I am a member of and it seemed like a book I would enjoy. The book is hard cover and is 416 pages in length.
The first few chapters of the novel are a little slow. A young man, Ned, is with his father, who is a world famous photographer, in France. Ned's father has been hired to photograph an old church for an upcoming book. While Ned's father is working on photographing the outside of the church, Ned is exploring the inside of the church alone. The church is suppose to be locked to visitors while the photography is going on but some how a young woman, Kate, finds her way in. While Ned and Kate are meeting and chatting they start to hear noises and see a man emerging from a grate in the floor of the church. This begins a long list of strange events. An assistant to Ned's father becomes possessed by an ancient Goddess of the Celts and two men, one of which is the man that emerged from the grate in the church floor, begin a game of trying to find their Goddess somewhere in the French country side. While these two men are searching for their Goddess, Ned, Kate, Ned's father and other characters that are working with Ned's father are searching for Melanie, The Assistant and long time friend. The group find themselves in a complicated race against time and hopefully they can get everything and every body back to normal before it's too late.
It took awhile to get into this story. The first couple of chapters were a little slow but once all the strange events started happening the pace picked up considerably and I found the book hard to put down for the rest of the adventure. The author writes in a way that is easy to follow and easy to use your imagination. If you have a vivid imagination as I do this makes for a very colorful and exciting story. The author does a wonderful job at explaining locations, most of which are ruins through out the French country side. He does a wonderful job at turning historical places into an entertaining and suspense filled fictional story. I have suggested this book to many friends already that I think would enjoy reading it as much as I did and I plan on reading it again soon.