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.
The audio performance brought out many fine points I had missed or forgotten in my long acquaintance with the novel. The Lions of Al-Rassan is my favorite of GGK's epics, and hearing it aloud make my heart ache as the story unfolded. The characters came alive for me, more than ever before--and I re-read this particular book at least every 2 years.
Wonderful book, well written. A fast moving adventure that sweeps you away to a land of danger, intrigue, betrayal, romance and honor.
Strong female characters, developed carefully, with promise and regard. Male characters equally thought out, satisfying.
At times difficult to maintain character names, but worth the focus and time.
The narrator and the storyline was engaging
All of them.
He did an admirable job and made it easy to follow the characters.
Yes although I would have had to give up working!
Looking forward to the next installment.
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
The complex but exciting story
The Day of the Moat
A fantastic fantasy book. I wish this was the beginning of a series. It contains a set of very interesting and fascinating characters.
Brutal, Beautiful, Compelling
My favorite character is Jehane bet Ishak, a Kindath physician, because she is a very powerful female character.
Inconsistent, Clear, Emotive
Yes, absolutely! I wish I could have listened to The Lions of Al-Rassan in one sitting.
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.
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.
The narrator didn't maintain consistency of delivery with the main characters. At times, I couldn't tell who was who.
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