On about 5-6 chapters at the end, yep. Kay's work on The Silmarillion is sometimes overstated. He only helped out a little and never to the degree of what CT did elsewhere on the book (which is why Kay is only acknowledged as an assistant editor and his name isn't on the cover).Kay also enjoys joint-editorship credits of The Silmarillion with Christopher Tolkien.
Same, without a doubt. The quality of his prose is amazing, and the human element is always so strong.Just finished it. Typically gorgeous. He's quickly becoming my favorite author.
Ysabel felt a bit like Kay trying to write a young-adult novel. I liked it, but I agree it's one of his lesser works.Ysabel would be a very good story by another author, but it lacked the scope and depth that I've come to expect from Kay.
Brian, I think you read a different book! The music, the culture, the location, the action, most of all the characters – all truly special.Just finished this and wasn't at all taken with it.