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
I've long been a fan of Guy Gavriel Kay's books, and this is in my top three favourites. His books always have a hint of historical fiction while being set in an alternate world. He's a bit cheeky though; he has a tendency to nod to his own writing, tying many of his works to his Fionavar Tapestry and sometimes it's a bit heavy-handed. His character development is very successful, and despite some uncomfortable themes, I can almost always empathize with his characters; their inner monologues rarely annoy me.
Old Bear likes the honey
Tigana is a great book and it certainly compares favorably to all the books that I've listened to. Tigana is most similar to Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles (In fact it seems Rothfuss may have been heavily influenced by G. G. Kay). Both feature musically written prose that flows like a beautiful song or a dance.
The end of Tigana is the most memorable. It is one of the most fantastic endings I've ever experienced.
Maybe.. Depends. The way he performs the voices of women is distracting. Too breathy.
It is not a one sitting book. In parts, reading it is like trudging through quicksand. The last 2-3 chapters, however, are lightning fast and fantastic!
Great read. Fans of fantasy will like this.
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.
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