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The Lions of Al-Rassan 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.


10 thoughts on “The Lions of Al-Rassan

  1. says:

    I can t believe this is happening but here I am, my first ever DNF.I DNF ed this book somewhere around 60% and because of that I will still give this book a rating, my second 1 star rating the first one was for Uprooted by Naomi Novik This is an extremely unpopular opinion and I know a LOT of people loved this book, so please keep in mind that this is just my honest opinion At the time of posting this review, there are less than 200 readers including me who gave it a 1 star rating, out of 15.7k ratings, don t let this review alone be a sign for you to not try the book if you re already interested in it.GGK fans usually recommend either Tigana or The Lions of Al Rassan when asked on which GGK s book to start with, this is not the first time I read GGK s work, I ve read Tigana and I love that book, I gave it 4.5 5 stars, but this book for me is a far cry from that Where Tigana was of a fantasy, The Lions of Al Rassan is my first experience with GGK s historical fiction books and after this, I have to remove tons of his books from my TBR Throughout my time reading, I can t help but feel that knowledge on Medieval Spain which I knew next to nothing about is crucial in order to love this book GGK didn t spare any moment in explaining the meaning behind each terminology or names, I also expected the religions to play a lot of part in the story but they didn t The analogy to Christian, Jews, and...


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    The Lions of al Rassan is a sweeping historical epic that examines the price of war, the deadly toll on lives that can occur when religion and politics meet and clash, the seemingly endless give and take between Christians Muslims Jews, the power that certain charismatic individuals can exert during times of tumult and change, and just as important as everything i ve mentioned the nature of love and of friendship its cast features El Cid and Ibn Ammar it is set during Moorish Spain.actually, no it isn t set there and those characters are nowhere to be found in this novel and yet Moorish Spain, Ibn Ammar and El Cid, the history of conflict between Jews and Muslims and Christians are exactly what Kay is using as his templates it is a rather ingenious idea instead of having to worry about getting everything just right, each historical detail and each character s deeds and traits, why not just use them all as inspiration and recreate a world anew and so the novel is considered a fantasy because it takes place in an alternate reality that has two moons as well as a boy with psychic powers but hey, that can happen right here in this dimension.i have a GR bookshelf called Into the Past in which i place books that are some sort of historical fiction The Lions of al Rassan is on that shelf, mainly due to how this novel perfectly and beautifully Kay is a gorgeous writer evokes its time per...


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    If I scored my nerd tendencies I d fall much closer on the scale to comic books and Star Trek than to Lord of the Rings and other swords n sorcery kind of fantasy which is weird because I do enjoy the kind of world building and political intrigue that is often a big part of the genre My hesitation about reading of this kind of stuff is due in no small part to how it seems like common practice for fantasy authors of turning those stories into multi book epics, but then stalling out in the middle of a series and leaving fans hanging for years while they work on other projects That s why I watch Game of Thrones but will not read GRRM s books until he finishes what he started Years of frustration waiting during Stephen King s glacial pace on Dark Tower left me a broken and bitter shell of a man who refuses to put up with that nonsense ever again Any rabid fan boy comments trying to shout me down for daring to offer a criticism that could be applied to their particular lord and master will be deleted Life s too short.I haven t read all of Guy Gavriel Kay s work, but not only does he do the kind of intrigue I enjoy, one of the big selling points to me is that the guy finishes a story He says he s writing a fantasy trilogy BOOM There s The Fionavar Tapestry All three books were publis...


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    Perhaps it s incipient dementia I ve lost too many brain cells to time and American TV but I just don t get the GGK love evinced by many of my GR friends I struggled through the first 100 pages of this book and seriously considered giving up entirely but I persevered to the end albeit skimming through many pages and left profoundly unimpressed.Upon reflection, my difficulty with the novel is that at no point did the writing engage me I didn t find the alternate Medieval Spain all that inventive I didn t find the characters all that interesting The story had moments of interest but overall I felt cynically manipulated at every point.Points that made it impossible to enjoy this book The setting Medieval history particularly the very era when the Reconquista was getting underway was my focus in college and in my post graduate studies Kay has done his homework but rather than using that knowledge to inform a true alternate history of Spain or a world with a Moorish flavor we have a world where the names have been changed and that s it We have al Rassan for al Andalus, Espera a for Spain, the Majriti for Berbers, Jaddites for Christians, Asharites for Muslims, you get the idea...


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    I feel like I should have loved this book Parts of it were so good and it had that tortured world gritty feel to it that s right up my alley Friends on GR who share common interests one and all loved it But my god the middle 60% was a slog for me I ha...


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    First of all, allow me to give Kiala her due for picking this book for Vaginal Fantasy After last month s pick, we were sorely due for something of substance I will also remind everyone that last month s pick was MY doing, so I m duly chastened Anyhow The Lions of Al Rassan is an absolutely mesmerizing book As I understand it and please correct me in the comments if I am incorrect it s a fantastical alt history of the Iberian Peninsula With one small exception, I would pause to call it fantasy at all In fact, the only issue I had with the book was my own lack of historical knowledge I was constantly trying to make parallels between the nations, religions and peoples of the book with our own world history, and that was perhaps a little distracting But, to the story I don t want to spoil, and I...


  7. says:

    The things some people can do with words is breathtaking I absolutely loved this book I have ranted about it to everyone possible, including strangers in cars next to me on the street I tell them to roll down their windows and then I tell them to read this book My mom stopped taking my calls because instead of happy mother s day, I quoted lines from this book when I talked to her There are a lot of reviews for this so...


  8. says:

    I love this book 5 Stars All the Stars.It s a slow burn I can easily acknowledge that, but the characters are intriguing from the start and Kay s writing is just beautiful The world can be a bit confusing as well if you don t understand the background of medieval Spain as a lot of names and history are thrown at you from the start There s also three different religions and the strife between them is the center stage of the book the Kindath are Jews, the Jaddites are Christians, and the Asharites are Muslims The religions are pretty loosely based, but I think knowing that connection makes the book much easier to place.Oh but this book It might be a slow burn, but before you know it, you can t put it down and then tears are streaming down your face but you still can t stop I love it I love Kay s writing I love...


  9. says:

    You will fall in love with one of the characters in this book I absolutely guarantee it The only question is, with whom Will it be with the flamboyant Ammar ibn Khailan, poet, spymaster, kingslayer, warrior With Jehane, strong and stubborn doctor Perhaps with Miranda, so beautiful and queenly even when managing a horse ranch Or with proud Rodrigo, the Scourge of Al Rassan, brave, virtuous, faithful Or will it be with one of the minor characters Starstruck Alvar, alluring Zabira, the wise Ishak or his loving wife Perhaps you ll be won over by Lain an his cheerful blasphemies, the twins Diego with his strange gift and Fernan with his filial devotion, or by Queen Ines and her domineering passions I had never read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, only knew him as the hand behind The Silmarillion He is a master storyteller, a world weaver like few others, an...


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    I needed a couple of days to let this sink in before writing a review That s how powerful the book was, and its incredible ending.This is one of those books that it s very difficult to write a spoiler free review for I could mark it as such and go for it, but then people that haven t read the book will skip the review.The Lions of Al Rassan is a book I will push on friends When asked for recommendations, it will float to the top of my list every time I won t say it s my all time favorite, but it s on the short list.So, without spoilers, let s see what we can do This book is a great example of what epic fantasy should be Key on the epic There really aren t that many traditional fantasy elements no elves, dwarves, magic, dragons, or forgetful wizards But it has the passion and scope of medieval society, and the brutality of its warfare The clash of three religions that really should be compatible but for some reason cause hundreds of years of slaughter between the factions This could be a historical fiction, if not for the names being changed It s an imaginary world, with a huge flavoring of our world s history, that of medieval Spain.And whi...


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