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Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
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May 06, 2012

it was amazing

Tigana is, I would say, Kay's most complex novel. Despite the fact that is centres around magic (a thing that often puts me off a book), said magic is treated very subtly and cleverly and gives Kay the opportunity to create a tale that is almost mythical in its scope.

Tigana is heartbreaking. Exciting, fascinating and often humourous, but probably more heartbreaking than Kay's other books, given that the basic premise and background here is almost unbearably sad before the story even starts.

Tigana is set around a peninsula that is subjugated and under the control of two rival foreign empires. The prince of a land that has been wiped from history weaves subtle plans to free the whole peninsula, destroy the overlords, and return his land to its place in history.

In his schemes he draws in a group of fascinating characters, actors and musicians, spies and more, slowly drawing the threads together to a conclusion that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat while you read.

As each of Kay's novels has a feel and a historical theme (Arbonne being medieval Provence, Al-Rassan being reconquista Spain), Tigana has a feel of Renaissance Italy that is thoroughly absorbing.

Tigana is a fabulous book. If you haven't read it, I urge you to do so.

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