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The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Mar 18, 2009

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bookshelves: 20th-century, canadian-fiction, fantasy

This is slow to get going, and it has many of the flaws that Kay displays in other books of his, most noticeably some rather weak characterisation. It was enjoyable enough once it did get going, but I finished the book no more certain as to why Kay had made the decision to create a fictional version of Spain with the Asharites, the Jaddites and the Kindath standing in for the medieval populations of Muslims, Christians and Jews. He didn't change enough for it to feel necessary, and it might well have been a more powerful book if he had set it in the 'real' world.

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