A Master Storyteller Creates an Enduring Legend of His Own
Over the centuries, the once stern rulers of Al-Rassan have been seduced by sensuous pleasures. Now King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, adding city after city to his realm, aided by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan--poet, diplomat, soldier--until a summer day of savage brutality changes their relationship forever. Meanwhile, in the north, the Jaddite's most celebrated--and feared--military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, and Ammar meet. Sharing the interwoven fate of both men is Jehane, the beautiful, accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond....
In a magnificent setting, hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply moving story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake--or destroy--a world.
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Guy Gavriel Kay's distinguished literary career began when he helped complete Tolkien's posthumous masterpiece, The Silmarillion.Kay's own epic trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry appears on "The Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List." Subsequently the author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and The Lions of Al-Rassan, he has been both a winner of the Prix Aurora Award and a World Fantasy Award nominee. His works have been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Toronto.Review:
"A magnificent, deeply moving book" -- -- Locus
"Wistful and elegiac in tone, with a few clever sleight-of-hand plot twists thrown in for good measure. The Lions of Al-Rassan weaves a subtle spell.The publication of a Guy Gavriel Kay book has become something of an event in the international fantasy community. He's considered to be on of the (if not the) premiere fantasists of our time." -- -The Financial Post
"Kay doesn't waste a word or a scene.darker in tone than his previous work, it nevertheless has that certain spark-that almost Shakespearian ability to work with human archetype-that makes Kay's literary voice so distinctive. It's the best book I've read so far this year, and it won't greatly surprise me if nothing comes along to supersede it. In scope and depth, there are few writers who attempt what kay attempts, and even fewer who succeed where Kay succeeds." -- -- Quill and Quire
"One of the book's many pleasant surprises is the strength, variety and versimilitude of the female characters. For the Kindith physician Jehane be Ishak to the arrow-mocking Miranda Belmonte, there isn't a misty-eyed doormat in the bunch. They are every bit as real and vital as there larger-than-life menfolk.the first fantasy masterpiece in a long time." -- The Vancouver Sun
"The Lions of Al-Rassan is an entertaining, sensitive and dramatic epic novel. It should appeal to an audience far wider than just fantasy fans. Except for the not unimportant fact that the world in which these characters live out there tangled lives during traumatic political and social change is specifically invented, it could be considered a fine historical novel.that such a narrative can be profoundly moving, and speak to our common humanity in the starkest terms, is testament to the generosity of spirit that moves through The Lions of Al-Rassan." -- -- -The Malahat Review
"a magnificent, deeply moving book" -- -Locus
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Book Description Harper Voyager, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061056219
Book Description Harper Voyager, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061056219