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The Lions of Al-Rassan | [Guy Gavriel Kay]

The Lions of Al-Rassan

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.
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The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites' most celebrated - and feared - military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south.

In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve - for a time - the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate - and increasingly torn by her feelings - is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond.

Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake - or destroy - a world.

©1995 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Wesley Unionville, Ontario, Canada 01-15-13
    Wesley Unionville, Ontario, Canada 01-15-13
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    If you could sum up The Lions of Al-Rassan in three words, what would they be?

    Simple, Complex, Exciting.

    I am a big game of thrones fan. This story offered a less challenging but equally engaging plot and prose.

    I recommend this


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex but exciting story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Day of the Moat


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 12-11-12
    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Lions of Al-Rassan in three words, what would they be?

    A fantastic fantasy book. I wish this was the beginning of a series. It contains a set of very interesting and fascinating characters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Meadon Johannesburg, South Africa 01-16-13
    Angela Meadon Johannesburg, South Africa 01-16-13
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    "Magnificent story let down by the narration"
    If you could sum up The Lions of Al-Rassan in three words, what would they be?

    Brutal, Beautiful, Compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Jehane bet Ishak, a Kindath physician, because she is a very powerful female character.


    What three words best describe Euan Morton’s performance?

    Inconsistent, Clear, Emotive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely! I wish I could have listened to The Lions of Al-Rassan in one sitting.


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    This story is magnificent, but the narration threw me out of the story often. Unfortunately, the narrator tried to speak dialogue in accents and he mixed up the voices and it was difficult to track who was speaking, or what accent that character had.

    I will definitely buy the book to read.

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    Boris Australia 08-17-12
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    I couldn't enjoy the story as much because the narration was not consistent. There are sections where it seemed some sentences had been inserted later on. The mood, tone and pitch of the voice thus didn't match.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator didn't maintain consistency of delivery with the main characters. At times, I couldn't tell who was who.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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