And that says it all. A twist on the El Cid legend, with all the elements of reconquista Spain, this books did for me what Kay does best: worry about the characters and their future. I believe this has been optioned as a film. While it could be done well, it could also be ruined...Continua
Decent historic fiction of Christian and Muslim culture as I'm sure many more exist. It's a gripping and comfortable read. Some real histories of the period may be preferable but Kay did manage to rouse my interest.
Too comfortable a read for me, though. Everything fits perfectly together and there is closure for everybody. The loss that is suffered hits home slightly, but at some point towards the end where the book should have started.
I've wandered farther and farther away from SF because the literary bars the genre sets for itself are so dismally low. Such richness in ideas combined with such poverty of execution really is a shame.
His Tigana and Sarantine Mosaic are better....Continua
This is an amazing book - well-written, with textured characterization, beautifully plotted narrative. I can't say enough about GGK. He borrows elements from medieval history and the East and weaves them into a fantastical narrative with living, breathing characters. Cultures clash, characters rise and fall. Mr. Kay is epic in his scope and breathtaking in his execution of the subject matter. Definitely read this book!...Continua
Loved this book. Pretty much devoured it in one day, and it isn’t the shortest of books.
The version I read was published by EOS and is catagorised as fantasy, as are all the books by Kay that I have come across so far, but in reality this has very few elements of what most people woul regard of fantasy. Yes it has a map at the start, and the countries involved are made up, but the history and culture of these places are based on that of Spanish history, medieval Iberia with its African aspects as well as European.
This is my third Kay book recently, I’ve read Tigana and A Song for Arbonne and loved them both. Lions has the same wonderful writing, and similar themes, in that it dealt with love, loyalty, honour and friendship. I’ve rated this one higher than the other two, but now that I think about it I’m not really sure if it is better. But that would make me move the other two up rather than this one down. Think I am just reluctant to give out 10s )
Lions of Al-Rassan tells the story of many different characters, all from different backgrounds and cultures, how they meet and form relationships. How these relationships deepen, yet are challenged by history and culture, by the differences between the countries/religions. It is a story of loyalty,and love, and how they are not enough.
Despite being gutted by the ending, I loved this book...Continua