The Lions Of Al-rassan by Guy Gavriel KayThe Lions Of Al-rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Lions Of Al-rassan

byGuy Gavriel Kay

Paperback | January 31, 2017

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Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan, a bestselling classic of Canadian literature, is the exhilarating story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when passionate beliefs conspire to remake--or destroy--a world.

Home to three very different cultures, Al-Rassan is a land of seductive beauty and violent history where peace among the people is a precarious thing. Despite their differences, three extraordinary individuals of different faiths are drawn together by a series of unforeseen events. Jehane bet Ishak is a brilliant physician who by saving the life of prominent merchant puts her life in peril. Rodrigo Belmonte is a powerful, charismatic military leader who finds himself exiled by his own king. Ammar ibn Khairan is a renowned poet, courtier, and deadly whose life is changed by a brutal massacre orchestrated by his king. These three find their lives interwoven as fate leads Al-Rassan to the brink of war.
GUY GAVRIEL KAY is the author of thirteen novels (most recently Children of Earth and Sky), and a book of poetry. He has written book reviews and social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada, and The Guardian in England. Translations of his books have appeared in thirty languages and have been ...
Title:The Lions Of Al-rassanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 1.4 inPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143194062

ISBN - 13:9780143194064

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GGK is Amazing Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite authors. He doesn't just write amazing fantasy, he writes amazing literature. I would seriously put this and some of his other works up there with the best of the best in contemporary literature. His prose is hauntingly beautiful and his focus on characters over action makes for an incredibly engaging read. And this, in my opinion, is his best novel. The characters are all very nuanced, and the relationships between all of them from religious and political viewpoints is very compelling. You'd be doing yourself a disservice not picking up this book or one of his others.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GGK fantasy The Lions of Al-Rassan is another great book from GGK. For me, the best part of this book is the internal struggle that the main characters suffer under. Throughout the book, characters of different cultures (Jaddite, Kindath, Asharite which relate to the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths) meet, become friends, fall in love due to the situation they find themselves in. But they also are aware of their duty & love for their own peoples. And when the personal relationships came in conflict with duty to their country/faith, I genuinely felt that the characters both hated to make those choices and that those choices were true to what that character stood for. It was believable. And, unfortunately, that finishes the books he's written in his connected world (Sailing to Sarantium, Lord of Emperors and The Last Light of the Sun). I've really enjoyed them all. Luckily, from a quick search about his next book, Children of Earth and Sky, it seems that he is returning to this world. But until then, I'm going move on to his books that take place in a China-esque setting, Under Heaven and River of Stars.
Date published: 2016-12-22

Editorial Reviews

"Evocative ... poetic writing that carries a powerful universal appeal."--The Washington Post

"Sweeping, complex and haunting.... A beautifully wrought, elegantly written adventure."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Filled with love, honour ... treachery, war, compassion, and beauty.... Breathtaking."--The Evening Telegram

"A sprawling, colourful, action-packed novel."--Toronto Star