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The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Jan 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: book_club, historical-fantasy, bromance
Read from January 03 to 04, 2011

Kay obviously and lovingly researches history in depth before sitting down to write a book - for those unfamiliar with him, his thing is writing vast epics that take place in a nearly recognizable medieval Europe. sometimes, he gets bogged down in the details, and those epics sag in places.

this is not that book.

'lions' tells a tale that's akin to the Spanish catholic war against the moors, full of domed cities, rich wine, and masked carnivale. the action starts off with a swiftly imperiled herioine (a skilled doctor, no shrinking damsel in distress here!), and proceeds to race at breakneck speed all over the map of the not-Iberian peninsula. the dreams of kings and horsemen alter the course of nations, and in a neat trick, you're rooting for everyone: just like in real life, there is no moustache-twirling super villain, simply people trying to live their lives as best they can. the greatest warrior in this world considers himself a poet before anything else, so all the action is balanced by quiet moments of beauty just as breathtaking as the battle carnage.

lovely, and highly recommended.
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