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The Lions Of Al Rassan

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Al-Rassan, hogar de tres culturas distintas, es una tierra con una historia violenta y una belleza seductora. La paz entre los Jadditas, los Asharitas y los Kindath es algo efímero y difícil de alcanzar. En una situación que coloca a esta tierra al borde de la guerra, se entrecruzan las vidas de tres personas extraordinarias: Ammar ibn Khairan, poeta, diplomático y soldado ...more
Hardcover, 582 pages
Published by Viking Canada (first published 1995)
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Andrew Tupper Karen, most of Guy Gavriel Kay's books are in this 'historical fiction' style, and I personally don't think any of them are poor quality. A couple are…moreKaren, most of Guy Gavriel Kay's books are in this 'historical fiction' style, and I personally don't think any of them are poor quality. A couple are multi-part and you may wish to avoid them initially until you're sure. You might like to try 'Under Heaven' or 'Tigana' as superb stand-alone books... but really they're all good.(less)
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Petrik
Oct 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe this is happening but here I am, my first ever DNF.

I DNF’ed this book somewhere around 60% and because of that I will still give this book a rating, my second 1 star rating; the first one was for Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

This is an extremely unpopular opinion and I know a LOT of people loved this book, so please keep in mind that this is just my honest opinion. At the time of posting this review, there are less than 200 readers—including me—who gave it a 1 star rating, out of 15.
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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
Kemper
If I scored my nerd tendencies I’d fall much closer on the scale to comic books and Star Trek than to Lord of the Rings and other swords-n-sorcery kind of fantasy which is weird because I do enjoy the kind of world building and political intrigue that is often a big part of the genre.

My hesitation about reading more of this kind of stuff is due in no small part to how it seems like common practice for fantasy authors of turning those stories into multi-book epics, but then stalling out in the m
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Terence
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: GR Friends too numerous to name
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Perhaps it’s incipient dementia?

I’ve lost too many brain cells to time and American TV but I just don’t get the GGK “love” evinced by many of my GR friends. I struggled through the first 100 pages of this book and seriously considered giving up entirely but I persevered to the end (albeit skimming through many pages) and left profoundly unimpressed.

Upon reflection, my difficulty with the novel is that at no point did the writing engage me. I didn’t find the alternate Medieval Spain all that inve
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Scott  Hitchcock
I feel like I should have loved this book. Parts of it were so good and it had that tortured world gritty feel to it that's right up my alley. Friends on GR who share common interests one and all loved it. But my god the middle 60% was a slog for me. I had to put it down and restart it so many times. The ending tragic and redeeming but I still can't give it more than 2.5*'s.
Veronica Belmont
First of all, allow me to give Kiala her due for picking this book for Vaginal Fantasy. After last month's pick, we were sorely due for something of substance. I will also remind everyone that last month's pick was MY doing, so I'm duly chastened.

Anyhow. The Lions of Al-Rassan is an absolutely mesmerizing book. As I understand it (and please correct me in the comments if I am incorrect) it's a fantastical alt-history of the Iberian Peninsula. With one small exception, I would pause to call it f
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Sam
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. 5 Stars. All the Stars.

It’s a slow burn. I can easily acknowledge that, but the characters are intriguing from the start and Kay’s writing is just beautiful. The world can be a bit confusing as well if you don’t understand the background of medieval Spain as a lot of names and history are thrown at you from the start. There’s also three different religions and the strife between them is the center stage of the book; the Kindath are Jews, the Jaddites are Christians, and the Ash
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Chris Berko
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The things some people can do with words is breathtaking. I absolutely loved this book. I have ranted about it to everyone possible, including strangers in cars next to me on the street. I tell them to roll down their windows and then I tell them to read this book. My mom stopped taking my calls because instead of happy mother's day, I quoted lines from this book when I talked to her. There are a lot of reviews for this so I'm not breaking any new ground here, but sincerely, if you have not read ...more
Mario
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a heart and half a brain
You will fall in love with one of the characters in this book. I absolutely guarantee it. The only question is, with whom?

Will it be with the flamboyant Ammar ibn Khailan, poet, spymaster, kingslayer, warrior? With Jehane, strong and stubborn doctor? Perhaps with Miranda, so beautiful and queenly even when managing a horse ranch? Or with proud Rodrigo, the Scourge of Al-Rassan, brave, virtuous, faithful?

Or will it be with one of the minor characters? Starstruck Alvar, alluring Zabira, the wise
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Chris
I needed a couple of days to let this sink in before writing a review. That's how powerful the book was, and its incredible ending.

This is one of those books that it's very difficult to write a spoiler-free review for. I could mark it as such and go for it, but then people that haven't read the book will skip the review.

The Lions of Al-Rassan is a book I will push on friends. When asked for recommendations, it will float to the top of my list every time. I won't say it's my all-time favorite, bu
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