I particularly enjoyed the author's note (read by the author) at the end because it nicely summarized the way I feel about really good fantasy. Tigana has been one of my favorites for years. The heroes aren't always heroic and the bad guys aren't all bad. It's a beautiful story and Simon Vance is an excellent narrator. He brought the story to life if a new way for me, which is why I buy all my old favorites as audio books.
This book was recommended to me by Brandon Sanderson at a book signing. He said it was one of his favorites, and after finishing it i can completely understand why.
So very often we are roped into stories that start out well, but last for ever, and ever and ever.... ( i'm looking at you Mr RR MARTIN) Invariability these stories wind over multiple books and thousands of pages and loose a lot of potency. This is not the case with Tigana. From its open prologue to the tear jerking epilogue, Tigana flows with a grace and pacing that draws you in keeps you engaged and gently deposits you back on the shores of a beach. A natural story that lives, breathes, loves, and dies in a manner that leaves you sad for having ended, but happy to have had the experience.
Simon Vance's Performance was OUTSTANDING, you always knew who was speaking and could feel the mood of the characters all perfectly.
Kay's Tigana is superbly crafted. The story is riveting. The characters are varied and complex. Simon Vance is so good at breathing life into the tale that you forget there is only one narrator. Be sure to listen to Kay's Author's note at the end. A classic...
Brilliant, real, involving
I've listened to many of Vance's books, and I think he is right on with this one. No better no worse. He always does a great job.
I did, but don't want to spoil anything.
This book never went anywhere. Characters, Devon for instance, never advanced. Yes, there was some backfill of their history but not much. At the end I was kicking myself for wasting so much time listening. Not even the brilliant Simon Vance could save this one.
Well written and performed. I have found few single Fantasy books that have the feel of a complex Trilogy. This book does and leaves you looking for more but with the acceptance that the story is over. Characters possess human qualities not present in many fantasies, far less of the normal black and white of good and evil, with more shades of gray. Characters struggle with their own choices and the impact their decisions have on others. I enjoyed it immensely.
The description of the world, the politics, and the environment is quite detailed in this book. I just feel like the characters are so cardboard, I did not click with one single character in this book. I am interested in individuals and relationships, not so much in politics and national culture. If you are interested in an sociological view of a magical world, this is the book for you.
epic, heart-wrenching, memory
Devin, moved the story and brought along emotion, innocence and intelligence.
The ending, when we learn who the fool truly is and he gets his vengeance.
The moment after Catriana's rescue when she and Alessan are finally able to be weak and support one another.
This book was beautiful and astounding in every way. The prose was beautiful, the twists and turns well thought out, and the characters deep. I felt for nearly all of them, even the evil tyrant who created the mess they're in. A great sweeping fantasy adventure.
The characters were not perfect. They were well developed humans. The good guys didn't always win and they didn't always survive. I missed the book for weeks after.
That is the thing. No one character stood out throughout the whole book. they all were terrific when it was their time.
Simon Vance did a really good job.
Thought provoking tale
Devin, the thinker.
Does there seem to be a theme running through my answers? Yes. This tale pushes us to rethink how we view the interaction of leaders and their choices for the people they lead, and for themselves. Not all is as it seems from the outside looking in.