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.
The best fantasy novel I have ever read, one of the best stories ever composed - sheer brilliance; delightful. Please read it!
Tigana is a deep and convoluted tale of fantasy and political struggle that deeply imbeds itself in the strife of the people of a truly lost country.
Vance is a wonderful narrator and this story is elegantly written. Kay creates a world full of emotion with characters that are not flat and one dimensional. They struggle with difficult decisions and show their depth in many ways. My only criticism is the pacing, which tends to be very slow moving. I found it worth the wait though.
I loved every minute. One of those books where I feel a bit of separation anxiety when it ends. Love this book.
The story completely centers around the idea of the very name of a county being taken away and the anguish it causes the characters. This maybe could have held up a short story but it was a total flop as a novel. I quickly got sick of hearing about how tortured the characters are over the loss of a name. I tried to get into it but after about 8 hours I gave up.