As one of my favorite all time fantasy novels, I was intrigued when I saw that Simon Vance performed this. He is one of my favorite Audible readers and I decided to, after many years, revisit the world of the Palm and the tyrants by listening to Vance's smooth voice read a book I already loved.
Nothing about the book or the performance disappointed. I can say that there are plot devices in the novel, but I don't care. It's such a beautiful story that they can be ignored. It is fantasy after all.
The characters are complex and relatable and the story flows nicely. I found myself, as always, crying in parts, especially Dianora's story. The juxtaposition of her life's wants and loves is so fierce and difficult to comprehend. It is also in stark contrast to the emotions running through the Alessan/Devin story. They are both moving towards something and stagnating at different times. I enjoyed that aspect.
As for the underlying themes here, memory and loss and identity, they are beautifully described and portrayed. To imagine one's own named being ripped out of the world...heartbreaking.
I highly recommend this book and this version!
Guy Gavriel Kay's world is immense, dark, and beautiful. You believe in these characters and their histories and why they desire to change their world and exact vengeance. The villains are complex and human, the heroes are sympathetic, yet capable of terrible acts of ruthlessness. The writing is lyrical and bold and you find yourself full enveloped in this bright and terrible world in which the characters live in. The magic element is well-constructed and believably integrated into the story. I thing this story is brilliant and fascinating and a must read.
Simon Vance brings us a wonderful narration of Guy Gaveral Kay's political fantasy. The story itself not being about the war, fighting, or magic but instead focusing on bringing about the war was different but far more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
This is a hard question to answer... it would be somewhat of a tossup between Devin and Dianora. At first I did not like Dianora for obvious reasons but the author does a good job making you sympathize with her. And Devin I really do not understand why but maybe it was just refreshing and well done not being through the eyes of an actual hero but someone you could more understand. He himself was important but not so important as to being irreplaceable yet when reading through him as an observer who is coming to grip with the reality of the cause he joined and having to come to terms with the things they have to do and him learning that while there may be a just side to it there see no good guy's in war.
Of course I have he is one of my favorite narrators. He does a marvelous job bringing the characters to life.
Movies kill good books or please don't cry and just close your eyes, the movie will be over shortly... you should hold back your puke till then so you don't keep vomitting.
There were some aspects of the book that made no sense like relationships.at the end there was truly no actual buildup but I guess that can be considered more realistic just nitgood for books.
Also Catriana was truly the most idiotic character I have ever read. Fist off, if you consider your father a coward for running from a hopeless battle with his family one everybody knew was hopeless then you are a vain idiotic fool who has no respect for life and the way she treated Devin throughout the book was just sick. I understand what she did bothered her but he was wronged just as much as she and Allesan could have stopped him from going so him more than them both... quite a distraction though.
I've long been a fan of Guy Gavriel Kay's books, and this is in my top three favourites. His books always have a hint of historical fiction while being set in an alternate world. He's a bit cheeky though; he has a tendency to nod to his own writing, tying many of his works to his Fionavar Tapestry and sometimes it's a bit heavy-handed. His character development is very successful, and despite some uncomfortable themes, I can almost always empathize with his characters; their inner monologues rarely annoy me.
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Tigana is a great book and it certainly compares favorably to all the books that I've listened to. Tigana is most similar to Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles (In fact it seems Rothfuss may have been heavily influenced by G. G. Kay). Both feature musically written prose that flows like a beautiful song or a dance.
The end of Tigana is the most memorable. It is one of the most fantastic endings I've ever experienced.
Maybe.. Depends. The way he performs the voices of women is distracting. Too breathy.
It is not a one sitting book. In parts, reading it is like trudging through quicksand. The last 2-3 chapters, however, are lightning fast and fantastic!
Great read. Fans of fantasy will like this.
I thought I had listen to many of the great fantasy authors. I was wrong and glad to be so!
If I had one complaint it would be that there was great character development and plot development within the first 15 hours and the conclusion seemed to come rapidly in the last five hours. I know my opinion is influenced by the fact that I am not used to having a single book containing both the beginning and end.
Simon Vance is awesome!!
All I can say though is "TIGANA!!"
The culture was more like medieval/renaissance Italy, and it was amazingly thoroughly reflected in how the characters acted and thought about things, as well as in the narrative itself.