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The Lions of Al Rassan [Reading] ➿ The Lions of Al Rassan By Guy Gavriel Kay – 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 The ruling Asharites of Al of Al eBook ´ 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 The Lions PDF \ summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship foreverMeanwhile in the north the conuered Jaddites' most celebrated and feared military leader Rodrigo Belmonte driven into exile leads his mercenary company southIn 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 Lions of Al Epub Ý own skills play an increasing role as Al Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war and beyondHauntingly 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.

  • Paperback
  • 635 pages
  • The Lions of Al Rassan
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • English
  • 09 May 2015

About the Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is a of Al eBook ´ Canadian author of fantasy fiction Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categoriz.

10 thoughts on “The Lions of Al Rassan

  1. Petrik Petrik says:

    I can’t believe this is happening but here I am my first ever DNFI 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 157k ratings don’t let this review alone be a sign for you to not try the book if you’re already interested in itGGK 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 455 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 Muslim weren’t as important as I thought it would be they were just thereThe worst part of the book for me however was the characters Even by 60% mark I still don’t care about any of the characters literally none I have no idea how this book ends but considering how I feel about the characters if at the end they all die I would still feel nothing; I would prefer to continue watching Stranger Things season 2 on Netflix Genius product placement Petrik bravo Sex scenes and romance are as usual cringeworthy This seems to be GGK’s trademark it happened in Tigana too but it’s just so much worse here I really don’t like how GGK portrayed romance and sex scenes Not only they’re pointless the sex scenes are over the top and all the characters are written like a porn star with stunning sex prowess Plus the matter of instalove and what seems to be a love triangle formed between the main characters both are something that I highly dislike in the books I readGGK’s prose is beautiful and lyrical no doubt about those as I loved reading his writing especially in Tigana Here though? His writing direction felt off Prose changes to present tense for reasons I have no idea why characters POV changed within the same or the next paragraphs repeatedly making my head hurt literally hurt and also ended up making me feel so disconnected with the bookThese are all my interpretations from 60% of the book all I know is I can’t be bother to continue with this book unless I’m feeling masochist and willing to go into a reading slump As you can see from my review this book didn’t infuriate me as much as Uprooted did it’s just extremely boring with no ambulance to save me from the reading slump emergency nearby The Lions of Al Rassan is definitely not for me and I can’t recommend this to anyone If you want a fantastic historical fiction go with Bernard Cornwell; if you’re interested in giving GGK a try I recommend you to read Tigana I will MAYBE still give Sarantine Mosaic duology a try but I doubt I’ll be reading any of his works other than that duology considering that all of them are mostly historical fictions as well Once again this is an extremely unpopular opinion the majority of readers love this book; some even claimed this is GGK’s best work and I hope you will love it too You can find the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. mark monday mark monday says:

    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 Spainactually 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 dimensioni 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 period but recreating Moorish Spain and paying homage to fascinating historical figures are not the novel's goals this is a romantic saga that illustrates the best and the worst of mankind; the details of a past milieu are really not its overriding concern those details are all backdrop what it is is wonderful wish fulfillment at its purest heroes who are wise witty brave kind a heroine who is strong empowered brave kind a story full of battles big and small complicated political machinations and complicated villains vivid supporting characters a richness that is rich because in many ways it is timeless its narrative is thrilling and melancholy and brutally clear eyed and sweetly sentimental in eual parts its prose is elegant and has such a lovely flowing feel to it its themes are genuinely adult themes it sees the need for change and yet mourns all the beautiful things buried by time it is full of anger and gentlenessat the heart of its story is the idea that people can actually come together respect and love each other move past their differences while respecting those differences how people can truly see each other as brothers and sisters they can come together in romantic love they can come together as teachers and students they can come together as a family and most of all they can come together in friendship as euals the novel features one of the most heartfelt and tragic bromances i've read in a while but it is not just about the boys it also features a very real and very independent woman at its core all three characters are splendid creations for me the best thing about their complicated relationship is how necessary each of them is to the other at different points in the novel each of the three characters will save the life of somone dear to another of those three characters this was a beautiful thing a resonant thing a timeless thing humans can rise above their baser instincts they can be than just pawns or animals or people who keep their heads down while others fall we can save each other's lives we can i know we can if not then why even be alive?

  3. Kemper Kemper says:

    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 shortI 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 published from 1984 to 1986 He’s doing a two parter called The Sarantine Mosaic? BAM Started in 1998 and finished in 2000 Sorry that the second one wasn’t out in ’99 He’s creating a historical fantasy based on Moorish Spain that reuires elaborate world building involving political and religious intrigue? Easy The Lions of Al Rassan One and done You’re welcomeThis fictional land has three religions with a bloody history but an era of uneasy peace is in place among various factions split among them The Asharites worship the stars and their prophet Ashar while their northern neighbors the Jaddites believe in a sun god The Kindath worship the two moons but they have no land or power of their own and exist in both territories as second class citizens who are routinely discriminated against Prominent people in both the Asharite and Jaddite religions often find it a convenient distraction to blame the Kindath for any problems going on and let their citizens take out their frustrations on them rather than the actual leadersA female Kindath physician named Jehane bet Ishak has a very long and eventful day in which she meets two legendary men Ammar ibn Khairan is an Asharite warrior and poet who is famous for having murdered the last caliph which turned formerly united Al Rassan into independent city states Rodrigo Belmonte is a Jaddite who leads a lethal company of horseman charged with keeping the peace and protecting the border cities who pay protection to his kingA series of events begin to change the political landscape of Al Rassan and ambitious leaders begin plotting while the dour clerics of Jad try to promote a holy war and some of the fanatical desert Asharites see opportunities to sweep away the decadence they believe has infiltrated their society Rodrigo Ammar and Jehane wind up in the same city and forge a bond despite their differences but they soon find that it’s hard to be loyal to your friends when duty comes callingKay does a superior job of laying out all the complex political and religious alliances so that you have a clear understanding but aren’t overwhelmed by it His religions are obviously based on the Muslim Christian and Jewish faiths and he mines the history of them to make a lot of points about bigotry hypocrisy and the use of faith to manipulate people It’s also an exciting tale featuring all kinds of hacking and slashing in tense action scenes I also liked that this has a lot of the trappings of a fantasy novel and a fictional world but there’s no magical or supernatural elements other than one character having some very limited telepathic and precognitive abilitiesThe best thing is the relationship between the three main characters Rodrigo and Ammar are done as the kind of bigger than life people that emerge during times of great historical conflict whose actions have huge conseuences but he never makes them seem outrageously heroic or unrealistic Jehane is as strong and independent female character as you can reasonably have in a story set in a society where guys with swords are still in charge Her being one of the Kindath could have made her seem like a likely candidate to be victimized but instead Kay uses her as the voice of sanity caught in the middle of events completely outside of her controlIt’s not perfect though Kay gets a little too cute sometimes in drawing out suspense like withholding the names of characters who have been killed and trying to fake the reader out Also while I’ve praised this as being a single self contained story most of the book is spent setting up a conflict that plays out in an incredibly rushed final act in which we see almost none of the action and learn about the deaths of important supporting characters as single lines reporting larger events I suspect that Kay wanted to keep his focus on his three main players and that the point of the book was the impact on them not so much a blow by blow account of it happening However he went to a lot of effort to suck a reader into this world so it seems odd that he was in such a hurry to finish it upStill it’s a highly entertaining and engrossing read that combines the best of fantasy world building with historical fiction

  4. Terence Terence says:

    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 unimpressedUpon 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 pointPoints that made it impossible to enjoy this bookThe setting Medieval history – particularly the very era when the Reconuista 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 changedand that’s it We have “al Rassan” for “al Andalus” “Esperaña” for “Spain” the “Majriti” for “Berbers” “Jaddites” for “Christians” “Asharites” for “Muslims” you get the ideaThe characters Two points to make here One is that our heroes and heroines are simply too good to be believed – Rodrigo Ammar Jehane Miranda They’re brilliant understanding and “oh so tragic” And the bad guys are little better A shade gray eg Almalik ibn Almalik or Yazir ibn ’arif but not much I felt like I was being hit over the head with their awesomeness as well as with their angst over the terrible dilemmas they found themselves in The in your face nature of the writing made it impossible for me to get into the story or to give a damn about the charactersPoint two is that Rodrigo et al sound and act like 2021st century people There was never a moment when I felt I was in the mind of a man or woman born and raised in a Medieval or Medievalish world unlike my reading of Sheri Holman’s A Stolen Tongue There I could identify with or at any rate understand Fra Felix’s motivations and actions but they were wholly informed by Medieval premises and I was in a thoroughly alien world The same is true of William Golding’s Scorpion God where we’re transported to a Stone Age tribe Old Kingdom Egypt and late Republican RomeThe sex scenes Like a lot of the book they were just too good to be true and cringe inducingThe technology This really only irked me in two places as otherwise there was nothing obviously anachronistic and both had to do with the medical technology of the period Jehane’s father – Ishak a celebrated physician – performs a successful Caesarian section and a successful brain surgery Though Muslim and Jewish ie Asharite and Kindath medical knowledge was – relatively speaking – light years beyond any Christian ie Jaddite lore I just couldn’t buy itAnd on that topic and related to the unbelievable awesomeness of the characters – there was a scene where Kay could have introduced an element of humanity into Jehane’s character One of the vile villains – Garcia de Rada – suffers a whip lash Jehane much against her inclination offers him advice on how to make sure it doesn’t fester because her Oath of Galinus otherwise known as the Hippocratic Oath demands that she offers succor to anyone Why couldn’t we have seen a flaw in her character? A point where even her oath isn’t going to make her let Garcia suffer less? Rather than making me dislike her it would have made her realWhewis there anything good I can say about the book? I did give it two stars after allNot really I may become generous as the immediacy of my reading lessens but the novel is just “okay” in my book I wish I could share in the enthusiasm of many of my GR friends and I’ll still take their ratings recommendations and reviews seriously but I can’tI don’t know if I want to give Kay another chance I’m still intrigued by the idea behind Tigana for example but I’m not sure I could endure the writing style againI think I’m going to go off now and write a review of a book I that’s than “OK”

  5. Scott Hitchcock Scott Hitchcock says:

    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 had to put it down and restart it so many times The ending tragic and redeeming but I still can't give it than 25's

  6. Veronica Belmont Veronica Belmont says:

    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 don't really want to get into the intricacies of the tale there are many This book does many things and it does them all well It's an action tale a love story a cautionary tale that seems to hit on modern fears and insecurities and The web of characters seems to constantly expand and yet I never felt as though I was receiving unnecessary information The people in this book are complex and you'll come to care deeply about many of them They are all flawed though some than others There is romance and it is very complicated Life is complicated War is horrible Good people can do terrible things You'll forgive some of it but not all

  7. Chris Berko Chris Berko 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 uoted lines from this book when I talked to her There are a lot of reviews for this so I'm not breaking any new ground here but sincerely if you have not read this book and you enjoy reading in any way pick it up and start immediately I'm afraid that might even be too late Five fireworks exploding in my head for the final eighty pages stars and the placement of high expectations on a serious love affair with this guys other works

  8. Sam Sam says:

    I love this book 5 Stars All the StarsIt’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 placeOh 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 the emotional gut punches and the beautiful impactful scenes I love how many times I’ll reread a passage because it’s so on point I love the little touches of metaphor sprinkled throughout and how I’m still not sure I’ve caught them allI could try to write a serious review but I think Alissa's review is pretty perfectI recommend this book to everyone Go slow Enjoy it Soon you won’t be able to stop

  9. Mario Mario says:

    You will fall in love with one of the characters in this book I absolutely guarantee it The only uestion 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 ueenly 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 ueen 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 and his skillful pen draws for us characters we would love to share a meal a bed a life a world withIn the end this book is a sad one an evocation of how when the world turns some rise up while others must be ground down Al Rassan renews itself leaving behind its old skin and in doing so reveals that it is much too small for four people of such heroic proportions The people you fall in love with die in this book and it's not suprising what is is that it is so very hard to let goI will return to al Rassan one day no doubt about it Do yourself a favor and read this book NOW

  10. Alissa Alissa says:

    I loved this book The story is seductive and engaging the characters are adult well rounded and sophisticated the writing style is very versatile it offers both lavish descriptions witty dialogues elegant poetry emotion and brutal detachment to a great immersive effect Subtle delicate harrowing the plot entertains and develops with depth of themes drama humour and evenly paced action It is historical fantasy with little or none fantastic elementsThe characters and the current geo polical situation are introduced following a routine day in the life of the physician Jehane bet Ishak of the ostracized Kindath faith in one of the main cities of the Asharite land of Al Rassan She is a woman with agency in lands and in an age where it is difficult to be such fighting for her autonomy standing on her own merits Along with her we met Ammar ibn Khairan of Aljais the poet who murdered the last khalif of Silvanes debonair beguiling and Asharite and the former constable of Valledo Rodrigo Belmonte strong possessed of a keen intelligence and Jaddite “You touched people’s lives glancingly and those lives changed forever”The different factions come alive thought the book with impeccable timing while the story deepens and the reader gains insight about the political strife within and without the kingdoms Though the relationship between the three main characters and the relationship between the two men a real masterpiece is one of the main elements of the book the whole cast offers an interesting variety of human types and implications much to the delight of the reader who likes both character and action driven books surely not an easy balance to achieve The author blends different cultures into a beguiling tale of warring states sultry decline petty revenges human ambition atrocities greed and religious hatred but also love loyalty growth understanding and healing where people pay the price of pursuing their dreams and where the free will of the characters and chance history will shape the future of a whole land “It isn’t a dream any The world has changed When you can do what you dreamed about sometimes it isn’t as simple any ”The whole book feels meticulously researched and it adds a lot to the realism of the events and the many skills of the characters as Kay takes the historical patterns of the time of the Reconuista and of the three main Faiths as recorded in such turbulent centuries He opens the story in a moment of simmering conflict and precarious balance between two main cultures with the minority group of another aware of the need to cope with the conseuences In the echoes of a long time ago peninsula Iberica I found many points to think about our world current situation the complexity born of mingling religion and politics the nature of ambitions the inevitability of change and surely the bittersweet beauty of human condition “The deeds of men as footprints in the desert”That is one of the main reasons I love fantasy literature it is all about us with imagination and the gloves off War was good a holy war was the best thing in the worldMoving in the shift winds that herald change forever the factions meet clash mingle offer empty platitudes or forge timeless bonds show weaknesses and strengths Beneath the most evident messages such as the possibility of a civilized world which shuns prejudice and fanaticism there is a fascinating highlight on the power of self on the impact of choices on the beauty and pain of some experiences on the longing for lost grace and the renewal of hope Kay does not portray helpless humanity or perfect heroes nor does he shy from the conseuences of the morality and the violence of those times “Over and above all this of course there was pride There was always pride”I picked the The Lions of Al Rassan thanks to all the great recommendations I received as a reader who loves Janny Wurts This kind of stories is not easy for structure for nuances for complexity and themes for the many explorations of the gamut of the human spirit but they are of utmost fulfilling emotional reward In a book I want to be entertained; I want to laugh at clever humour and read about compelling characters layered and ever developing I want to follow an engaging story unpredictable twisty and original; I want to read great prose But the books that I will always remember are those which stir something in me and I both embrace and eschew this kind of sensation because it can also be a little scary The beauty of focusing my thoughts of living a book is also the risk to let the reading touch me deeply to let my feelings be vulnerable to what a story an author is daring me to experience for myself The Lions of Al Rassan resonated with my inner chords and I am drained but grateful “One sun for the god Two moons for his beloved sisters Uncountable stars to shine in the night”

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