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The Lions of Al-Rassan
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mark monday
The Lions of al-Rassan is a sweeping historical epic that examines the price of war, the deadly toll on lives that can occur when religion and politics meet and clash, the seemingly endless give and take between Christians & Muslims & Jews, the power that certain charismatic individuals can exert during times of tumult and change, and - just as important as everything i've mentioned - the nature of love and of friendship. its cast features El Cid and Ibn Ammar; it is set during Moorish S...more
Jon
Jan 11, 2011 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: SciFi and Fantasy Book Club Jan 2010 Fantasy Selection
Of the six novels by Guy Gavriel Kay that's I've read, this and Tigana vie for my favorite of his work. How does he manage to make me care so much about his characters? And he creates a reflection of our world on the cusp of a rigid religious fervor scything inexorable destruction before it. A glimpse of the beauty crushed and the horrors perpetrated in the grip of zealous belief and political expediency. A lament for the loss of the previous generation's glories and grandeur. A glimpse of the p...more
Jon
Feb 12, 2011 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jon by: SciFi and Fantasy Book Club Jan 2010 Fantasy Selection
Of the six novels by Guy Gavriel Kay that's I've read, this and Tigana vie for my favorite of his work. How does he manage to make me care so much about his characters? And he creates a reflection of our world on the cusp of a rigid religious fervor scything inexorable destruction before it. A glimpse of the beauty crushed and the horrors perpetrated in the grip of zealous belief and political expediency. A lament for the loss of the previous generation's glories and grandeur. A glimpse of the p...more
Carly
I'm about 1/3 through it - I really like it but just haven't had time to get back to it.

Now, it's due at the library - I'll take it out at some other time.
Sandi
Sweeping fantasy with political intrigue, religious conflicts, romance, and larger than life characters that totally engrossed me from the first page.
Adrienne
Going to have to come back to this book AGAIN. I'll get through it one day, once life stops getting in the way.
Peter
May 27, 2011 Peter marked it as to-read
John
Mar 08, 2011 John marked it as to-read
Jacinda
Apr 06, 2012 Jacinda marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Anton
Mar 26, 2012 Anton marked it as to-read
Steven
Sep 04, 2010 Steven marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Anoolka
Jul 11, 2012 Anoolka marked it as on-hold
Shelves: fantasy, historical
The Flooze
Jan 28, 2010 The Flooze marked it as to-read
Tani
Nov 23, 2009 Tani marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Carolyn
Dec 22, 2008 Carolyn marked it as browse-to-read-someday
Shelves: fantasy
Nancy
May 28, 2008 Nancy marked it as to-read
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