Tigana by Guy Gavriel KayTigana by Guy Gavriel Kay


byGuy Gavriel Kay

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Guy Gavriel Kay's masterful novel about the road to rebellion is an epic filled with intensely realized characters and powerful emotions. An enduring classic of Canadian literature, Tigana is a powerful exploration of memory and lost identity, tyranny and freedom.

Two rival conquerors have divided the Peninsula of the Palm. As the provinces in the peninsula were falling one by one, the sorcerer Brandin made a fateful decision, sending his beloved son to capture the last one. But when that son is killed on the battlefield, Brandin, blinded by grief, avenges his death by ruthlessly vanquishing the resistance and then cursing the people of this province with a dark sorcery--so that the very name of their home cannot be spoken or remembered. Years after that devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous plot. Their aim: to overthrow both conquerors, and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name--Tigana.
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:TiganaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 1.7 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143194070

ISBN - 13:9780143194071

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! I expect more out of books after reading this one. I found it a little slow to get into, but wow was it worth it!!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Kay book to date With only a rating of 1 star, it's easy to say that I don't like this book. It took me a long while to figure out why and by the time I (mercifully) finished reading it, I found my reason. The biggest problem with this book, is the storytelling itself. Here you can see that Kay is a poet and one that was struggling to mix it with an actual story, but unlike Under Heaven or River of Stars, this one failed to flow. He would often start one paragraph with the story line, then immediately spend the rest of that paragraph and the following waxing poetic on whatever caught his fancy at the moment, and unfortunately it rarely fit the story. I found my eyes losing focus and skipping gently over the words until I could get back to the story line. It was stilted and boring with a weak and mostly ridiculous story line. I could not be convinced of the protagonist's desire to kill many people all for the sake of a name. I couldn't help it, I found myself feeling indifferent to the entire thing. I am usually someone who gets into a book so much that I laugh out loud, cry, get nervous, and even feel angry, but for this one I was simply...bored. I would not recommend this book if you like Kay's other novels.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from woahh While reading this book over the past month, I thought a lot about the differences between youth and adulthood, between young beliefs and mature ones. And I think that maybe our youth is the only time that we can hold simple, firm convictions. Maybe it’s the only time that it’s possible to believe completely that love will conquer all, or that there are good guys and bad guys, or that if we try hard enough, we can achieve anything we dream about. In our youth, we can say things like, “I would never…” and feel completely certain that it’s true. I think that a lot of maturing into an adult involves being proven painfully wrong, again and again. I feel like I lost a bit of my youth while reading this book. Don’t get me wrong; I loved it. It’s going on my favorites shelf and I’ll probably re-read it dozens of times. But I hate it a little bit too, because it has now rendered so many of my favorite fantasy novels (some that I used to even consider grey and nuanced) flat and simplistic by comparison. This is the most adult fantasy novel I’ve ever read. And I don’t just mean that in the sense that it contains sex, violence, and heads exploding like rotten fruit. I mean that in the sense that nothing in this book is black and white, nothing is simple, nothing is held sacred. Fantasy used to be a genre where I could sometimes comfortably escape into a few simple ideals, but this book has proven to me that even a fantasy novel can be gritty and realistic. And now I feel like nothing less will do. If this were a typical fantasy, it would be about a rag-tag band of comrades coming together to make a long journey and reclaim their home from the curse of some distant, evil goliath. The foes battled along the way would be disposable creatures – orcs, giants, spiders, dragons – beings that are murdered with little compunction. The final battle would end in a massive celebration and all would be right with the world. But this is not a typical fantasy. This book is about an entire generation robbed of its very identity. It’s about the children born to the losing side of a great war, and the terrible legacy that they must bear. It’s about collateral damage – not just faceless creatures, but people with homes and families, friends, the one you love, yourself. It's about how a fight for peace can necessitate horrible violence. It’s about the never-ending nature of war.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read I first read this years ago and still love it, one of the best fantasy novels out there.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for fantasy fans This is proof that fantasies don't need to span many volumes to get the job done. Tigana is a wonderful story filled with sadness and political complexities with a slew of great characters that have moral grey areas
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Must-Read If you consider yourself even remotely a fan of the fantasy genre, you have to read this. This is Kay's masterpiece work, better than the Tapestry series.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece Guy Gavriel Kay weaves together numerous narratives to create a rich, complex tale of colonizer and colonized, in which the heroes are not heroic and the villain undeniably human. With detailed and imaginative worldbuilding, unforgettable characters, and beautiful prose, Tigana is a must-read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I will admit it took me the first 100 pages to get into it, but I am so glad that I stuck with it! What an incredible story, with finely executed imagery.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GGK Another book from GGK that I really enjoyed. I'm not sure what is about his writing style or plotting but I was instantly hooked (much like when reading his Sarantine Mosaic books). I think a political intrigue plot, like the one in Tigana, could easily fall into a trap where everything goes too perfectly or that high risk events happen despite being planned years in advance but the pace and the twists in this book kept the pieces moving while never letting you see the whole board. I thought the characters were all very interesting and had motivations that made sense in the context of the story. GGK had already made a fan out of me but now I feel like I'm going to read everything he's published. It's impressive storytelling.
Date published: 2016-12-25

Editorial Reviews

"A novel and a world to lose yourself in.... Powerful and moving."--Toronto Star

"Thrilling, poignant.... Tigana is a name we won't forget.... A stirring adventure."--Orlando Sentinel

"Boldly complex ... generously populated, intelligently articulated."--USA Today

"Kay has done it again, only better."--The Globe and Mail