The Lions of Al-Rassan

The Lions of Al-Rassan

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Home to three very different cultures, Al-Rassan is a land of seductive beauty and violent history. Peace among the Jaddites, Asharites and Kindath is a precarious, elusive thing, made so by the ever-present shadow that divides the peoples but draws extraordinary individuals together. Ammar ibn Khairan—poet, diplomat, soldier; Rodrigo Belmonte—accomplished military leader; and Jeanne bet Ishak—brilliant physician; these three find their lives interwoven by a series of remarkable events that take Al-Rassan to the brink of war. Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is an 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. Peace among the Jaddites, Asharites and Kindath is a precarious, elusive thing, made so by the ever-present shadow that divides the peoples but draws extraordinary individuals together. Ammar ibn Khairan—poet, diplomat, soldier; Rodrigo Belmonte—accomplished military leader; and Jeanne bet Ishak—brilliant physician; these three find their lives interwoven by a series of remarkable events that take Al-Rassan to the brink of war. Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is an exhilarating story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when passionate beliefs conspire to remake—or destroy—a world.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2010, c1995
ISBN: 9780143176770
0143176773
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 635 p.) : map

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chrisbrown202
Oct 04, 2017

Outstanding

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ssmartin7
Apr 26, 2017

Guy Gavriel Kay has become my favorite author of adult fantasy and this book, I believe, is one of the best he has written with a depth and texture that I find incredible.

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shizuku_san
Aug 31, 2013

I loved this book! Fascinating characters, very suspenseful, and details that evoke the sights, sounds, and smells of the world he's describing. Love, honor, faith, decadence, murder, revenge, cutting-edge medieval medical miracles... this book has it all.

One thing I noticed, though, was that even though the main character is a woman, and there are a number of other "strong" female characters, this book still doesn't pass the Bechdel test.

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Zentjo10
Mar 08, 2011

This was a great book! One Kay's best! The characters were beautiful; I cared for them throughout. And he drew the tension and suspense of the end through past the last page into the epilogue. WOW!

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Ian_McKinley
Dec 22, 2009

Beautifully crafted, with characters that lift off the page to become genuine actors in a sweeping saga that pits peoples and cultures against each other while throwing individuals from these cultures into a complicated maelstrom of human interaction.

It is one of my favourite books.

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DanniOcean Jun 25, 2009

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