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The Lions of al-Rassan

av Guy Gavriel Kay

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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 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.… (mer)
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The setting and characters have a middle eastern flavor. As usual, Kay's writing is exquisite. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
rape as a plot device and women as props don't make for a good book. ( )
  HotvlkvlkeHokte | Sep 8, 2020 |
This book was good, but it felt like it was never going to end. I also spent probably about 400 pages trying to figure out who are the four people on the cover, since there are so many characters. It didn't become clear 'til near the end. Annoying!
  CatherineMachineGun | Jul 31, 2020 |
I loved a lot about this story -- the wonderful female heroine, Jehanne, the historical sweep, the lovely detail -- but in the end I gave up because it was just too complicated. So many place names and info dumps and extraneous characters. If you have a long lonely week ahead, this is your read. But if you are reading in bits and pieces, this is a challenge. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
A great read from cover to cover. This novel set in a place analogue to Moorish Spain explores the heartbreak and horror of war and religious conflict without ever feeling like it is preaching. Kay's style of storytelling is very intriguing, as he sometimes skips back and forth in time over a very small event, showing bits of it from different perspectives, and sometimes happily skips months or years ahead in the narrative and offhandedly summarises major events that happened between chapters or even paragraphs. You can never quite know what will and won't be the focus for a scene or a chapter, but the sprawling story is never difficult to follow. Will be reading more books by this man. ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Jan 15, 2020 |
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The evening is deep inside me forever

Many a blond, northern moonrise,

like a muted reflection, will softly

remind me and remind me again and again.

It will be my bride, my alter ego.

An incentive to find myself. I myself

am the moonrise of the south.

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Always remember they come from the desert.
It was just past midday, not long before the third summons to prayer, that Ammar ibn Khairan passed through the Gate of the Bells and entered the Al-Fontina in Silvenes to kill the last of the khalifs of Al-Rassan. [prologue]
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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 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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