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A Song For Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Jul 24, 10

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bookshelves: fantasy-fiction, theme-religion
Read from July 21 to 23, 2010

This was one of the first religious fantasy books I read. (And when I say "religious fantasy" I mean "fantasy fiction with religion as a major theme or motif.") It may have even been the first; I read The Mists of Avalon around the same time, if my memory serves me correctly (~1994).

I loved this book when I first read it. Upon re-reading, many of the characters are somewhat shallow (though some are fantastic and it's a shame they don't get more page time). The story seems to rely a little too much on fate/destiny and heavy-handed foreshadowing. The religious motif are not that intriguing or intellectually deep. (The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls are much better in this regard.) But it's a more or less faithful rendition of the courtly love era in medieval Provence. (This is the book that introduced me to the idea that there was a south of France, that it was noticeably different from the rest of France, and that it was interesting. This book is probably the reason that I chose a southern French persona when I was interested in the SCA.)

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Farfished9 did you like the mists of avalon? I've got it on hold at the library...

Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides I liked Mists a great deal when I first read it. It was doing something that was new to me and still somewhat new in the fantasy genre. I haven't re-read it in a long time, though, and don't know if I still would. But I'd recommend that you give it a try. :)

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