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The Lions of al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
The Lions of al-Rassan
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The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the... show more
The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan -- poet, diplomat, soldier -- until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever. Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites' most celebrated -- and feared -- military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south. In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve -- for a time -- the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate -- and increasingly torn by her feelings -- is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond. Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060733490 (0060733497)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it
4.5 Review: The Lions of Al-Rassan
The Lions of Al-Rassan is the second book I’ve read by Guy Gavriel Kay, the first being Tigana. I really enjoy his writing style. One thing in particular that I’ve enjoyed about both books is that they each managed to satisfy my epic fantasy cravings within a single, standalone novel. I enjoy a g...
radosiewka
radosiewka rated it
3.0 Lwy Al-Rassanu
Interesting because of it's setting and characters but quite disappointing at the end.
Alissa
Alissa rated it
I loved this book. The story is seductive and engaging, the characters are adult, well-rounded and sophisticated, the writing style is very versatile: it offers both lavish descriptions, witty dialogues, elegant poetry, emotion and brutal detachment to a great, immersive effect. Subtle, delicate, ha...
DayDreamer
DayDreamer rated it
4.5 The Lions of Al-Rassan
I feel kind of cheated because of the skipped year but in the same time I'm grateful I was spared from the trainwreck in slo-mo it apparently was. Still, it annoyed me and this is the reason I'm reducing half a star. Pffft, whatever. It was a rich book, showing the cultural and religious clash ...
An American Aussie's Imaginarium
An American Aussie's Imaginarium rated it
3.0 The Lions of al-Rassan
I read a little over 50% of this and have lemmed it... It just really wasn't the book for me, and time is to sparse to waste it reading something I am not enjoying (especially a book this long).
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