The story features a classic scenario of outcast heroes on their way to free their society from tyranny. However, this story is not the point of the book. The book is about memories, self and identity. What composes these things? Choices and how the effect the world around us.
There are some similarities to the Game of Thrones series in style, but Guy Gavriel Kay writes in a unique manner that I haven't seen reproduced by any other author. There are a dozen similar plot lines, but few go beyond the swashbuckling aspect like Kay chooses to. The closest similar series I can recall are Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
Listening to Tigana was a magical experience that I will definitely repeat. The story was very moving and relatable despite being set in an entirely fictional world.
There were many memorable moments. The prologue had tears in my eyes; the exchange in the hunting lodge; Katriana's daring mission; Baird's experience with the nightwalkers; the whole ending.
All of his performances were amazing but Brandon was probably my favorite. The different accents, especially for the Egrathans and the Barbadians helped me hold on to the idea that these were foreign invaders. (I don't know if I'm spelling any of these names correctly.)
There were many, many parts that moved me to tears or laughter but the ending left a lasting impression on me.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
First off - Simon Vance is amazing and he improves anything he sets his voice to. I listened to this book as part of a book club. There were many people that almost gave up or gave up on this book. The book starts very slowly so just be aware that it takes a few hours to get going.
The author was the man that helped Tolkien's son put together Silmarillion so you get the idea on his style. Many compare him to GRR Martin, which is pretty accurate. But at least Martin is enriching a world for a huge series. The author spends a lot of time on ambiance and loves to introduce characters wherever and give you various tidbits on the world even into the almost end of the book. It's just really strange pacing is what I'm getting at.
The good is that it's a decent fantasy story that explores, predominantly, what would happen if a magician was able to wipe out a culture by taking away its name. It also deals with a prince's long journey to bring down the two new leaders after the fall of said culture.
So the pluses are - standard fantasy with pretty prose & solid and believable ending.
Minuses- Too many characters using first person narrative, not enough action, didn't care about barely any of the characters.
Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my all-time favourite authors. I have all his books in hardcover and re-read them regularly to experience the richness of his worlds and the complex relationships of the characters. Here are no long, drawn-out, many-tomed series that seem never-ending. I enjoy getting into the heads of his characters and there are not so many points of view that one ever gets confused.
Of all his books Tigana is perhaps my favourite, along with The Lions of Al Rassan. The story is epic and moving filled with camaraderie and poignant irony, a lot like life. I got this as an audio book because I thought that the story would lend itself to the oral method and I was not disappointed. Simon Vance does and admirable job telling the story and changing accents for the various peoples. My only problem, because I know the story so well, is that some of his voices were not ones I would have imagined. Still, his reading/portraying is clear and easy to understand and his pronunciations are impeccable.
Now I will happily listen again as well as read again.
Wonderful story with the best narrator possible chosen to read it! I could listen to this guy read just about anything but the story was also really good so a great buy all around.
This story draws you in and makes you really care about the characters. The pace is great and doesn't leave you falling asleep. The imagery described and the foundation of the settings makes it all feel very real. Very well written and very well narrated. Kudos to both author and story teller!
I can see why the first reviewer compared this book to "Mistborn: The Final Empire". For myself, I definitely like Mistborn better. Listening to Tigana is like listening to a history lesson. An interesting history lesson, but still, you feel like you are listening to a story that have already happened.
The author also "tells" you exactly how each character is feeling and thinking; not much is left to your own imagination. I found it hard sometime to listen to a character's flashback for 20 minutes when you already know the exact ending of his/her story.
The other thing I dislike about the book is the lack of actions. There are lots of talking and planning and thinking, but very little actions. For a world so cruel and violent, there are surprisingly few confrontations. And also there is very little use of magic. You heard about magic all through the book, but it was used not often even by the 2 tyrants.
I also find myself not liking any of the characters. They feel real enough, but none of them are really likable. If you have not listen to Mistborn, I suggest you go for that instead. If you have already listen to Mistborn, I think you will be disappointed with this book.
GGK has a great command of the english language and writes in a poetic style, but if you have to explains to me at the end what the book was about, i think that means you did a poor job of telling the story. Too many charaters. You don't know where the places are located, so i think it is better to by the book to see the map inside. I had no connection to any of the charaters. I just didn't care about any of them. I feel like nothing gets resolved. I thought it was very anti climactic and rushed at the end. Then there is this bizarre love story i never in a million years saw coming. I'm not sure who the main character is. Is it the boy, the chic the prince the wizard? It's hard to follow and slow in some places. Some of the stuff that's in there i thought had little or no relevance to advance the story and should have been cut out. He's just not very good with plotting. Stay away.
The reader was decent. The story itself, well it was dry. I felt like I was walking through a desert with little to drink.
The book kept going over the same principles constantly. Completely redundant.
The story idea was great, loved the characters.
Great narrator. He propped up a poorly executed book.
The author would restate the thoughts and descriptions over and over again, sometimes the same way, sometimes a new way. Very distracting to the story line. Fabricated drama by dropping obvious teasers, but not fill in things you should know at that point.
Found myself day dreaming about other things while the narrator did his best to keep me engaged. I will be skipping all books by this author going forward.