The Lions of Al-Rassan

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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 re

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. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 23/12/09
Perhaps Kay's best
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 ...Continua
Ha scritto il 05/10/09
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 m

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

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Ha scritto il 30/07/07
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, brea ...Continua
Ha scritto il 20/07/07
Loved it
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 v
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