But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.
©2009 Guy Gavriel Kay; (P)2009 Penguin
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.
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!
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