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The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Nov 06, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, fantasy, favorites
Read in November, 2011

Although I found Kay's Fionvar Tapestry series to be too much - nearly bombastic - this book (although also using some of those tricks that make you hyper-aware that you're reading a story) was thoroughly engrossing. Because it read more as an oral history and didn't feel forced like the fantasy that I read, it caught and held my attention. I even enjoyed the foreshadowing and repeated sly misdirections. And I loved the maturity of the main characters, and the understated love stories. Lastly, I loved the reality of the story, the kind of tale where there aren't really villains, just people caught in circumstances, conflicting loyalties, and the innevitable flow of history.
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