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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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One Of the Most Poetic Works I Have ever read

This is the first Kay novel I have read and I must say it was fantastic. I rarely give a book five stars, but after finishing this book there was no doubt in my mind that it deserved that honor. What drives this story are its characters and the writing skills of the author. Each character is lovingly developed and teased into being with perfect care. You as the reader learn to understand everything about them and their relationships with each other. This is one of the first books in a while where the characters actually got into my conscience and it actually bothered me when they died. To put in perspective I put A Game of Thrones at the top of my favorite books list, so I am used to character death and usually unperturbed by it. The second thing that drives this book is the beautiful, lyrical, and poetical writing. The words seemed to flow off the narrator's tongue and into my ears. I can honestly say that this is probably the best poetical writing I have ever read. I also, liked the way the plot was designed, Kay wastes no time with traveling from place to place in the story, This novel is made up of a series of events that matter to the characters and nothing else. This is how the entire book is told, it is different than I am use to and I found it refreshing. I wil give one warning about this book, it is not for those who want to see wizards duels and incredible magical displays. The magic in this book is minimal and subtle, not abused, but used in very sparing quantities. If anything this book is more of a historical fiction than a historical fantasy. It is similar to the history of medieval Spain and you can tell Kay does his research. One final thing I will add about the plot of this book is even though it is about a massive broken kingdom and wars to reunify it, the novel is more based on the characters and their passionate friendships than a war. The war is the framework of the story, and the characters and their lives are the center. Finally, the narrator did a fantastic job with this novel, I would rank him as one of the best I have ever heard. His voice was perfect for storytelling and he differentiated characters masterfully. I know this book is 20 years old now and I am behind the band wagon in reading it, but if you are farther behind than I am, then read please, it is worth it.

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A Great Listen!

Great story that was told well. Al Rasan will transport you to 11th and 12th century Andulusia. Very well done!

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A great story.

It's a great first step in getting into history, particularly the era tackled: The reconquest.

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Beautiful Story

If you could sum up The Lions of Al-Rassan in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful Story which reads like Historical Fiction. A bit sentimental, but a good read. Based on the Jews in Spain and parts of the Middle East.

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Better than reading the book myself!

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.

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Wonderful Adventure!

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Beautifully descriptive!

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  • Ian
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 04-22-14

Brilliant!

What made the experience of listening to The Lions of Al-Rassan the most enjoyable?

The narrator and the storyline was engaging

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

He did an admirable job and made it easy to follow the characters.

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

Yes although I would have had to give up working!

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Johan
  • Solna, Sweden
  • 02-21-13

Well worth listening to

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I did enjoy both story and performance. What I won't do is remember the book in six months. There really was not anything that stood out. I would have liked giving the book 3.5 (a little better than what I expected). For me the book was a little to "easy". There just wasn't enough depth and details in characters or story. It was more like a guilty pleasure.

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  • Wesley
  • Unionville, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-15-13

Great read

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

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I want more

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