As old as they are, it's entirely possible that I've read them before, but I certainly don't recall the author. I'm torn between hoping that this is one of those series that I remember enjoying immensely as a kid, but can't remember the title or author of - versus, hoping for whole new series to discover and enjoy.
As it stands, I will soon find out - I just put a hold on the first of the trilogy at my library, which, since it's in (at another location) I will have soon. Much, much sooner than Deathly Hollows, for which we are 1391 of 2022 holds, on the first returned of 400 some copies that our library is purchasing. Mind you, I put a hold on it a mere four hours after our system allowed people to.
All in all, it should be in fairly quickly. When Half Blood Prince came out, we were further down the list and it only took five days. The joy of using a library that is frequented by the uber polite, who understand that everyone is desperate to read something and therefore return it asap. Of course, it also helps to use the library system with the largest circulation in the country. Let's just say that my family and I, use it quite frequently. . .
There are some pretty adult scenes at the end of Book One, and a little bit of non-graphic sex in Book Two, so don't read to your kids without pre-screening for your comfort level.
Thanks for the warning, though I don't read anything to kids, without reading it first myself.
I actually didn't assume that it would be a book to read with the munchkins anyways. Though I actually appreciate reading books that involve adult situations, as long as they aren't too graphic. I would much prefer to have the associated conversations based on something they read or I read to them, rather than having them based on bad choices they made, because we never discussed it.
Anywhoo, thanks again for the warning. . .
About Kay -- he is, in my mind the pre-eminent author in the fantasy field today when it comes to the use of language. No one is as lyrical as he is.
For recommendations, I suggest the following order:
A Song for Arbonnes
The Lions of Al-Rassan
The Sarantium duet
The Last Light of the Sun (my least-favorite of his works, but still filled with much of what makes him fantastic)
We have Ysabel but haven't read it yet. The top three on the list are sall spectacular. There are scenes in each of them which will leave you breathless and misty-eyed.