Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
This is a fine story, filled with memorable characters, romance and all the elements of what makes the genre so entertaining. It is given life with the talents of Simon Vance who's narrative is breathtaking.
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.
Magazine editor, graphic designer and mom with a love for escapism. Especially love magical realism, fantasy, historical fiction and YA.
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.
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.