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Summary

Acclaimed author Guy Gavriel Kay has been honored with the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (Ysabel) and the International Goliardos Award for his work in fantasy. 

Eight of the nine Palm provinces of the Peninsula have been overcome by warrior sorcerers Brandin and Alberico. But the sorcerers don't know that a small band of survivors is plotting their removal. With tensions mounting, the sorcerers become increasingly at odds as each decides where his own path - and that of the land - should truly lie. 

"Brilliant. Rich in intrigue and subtlety. A gracefully plotted story. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

©1990, 1999 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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Both gorgeous and gripping

This author produces some of the most beautiful prose I have ever encountered, and the delivery by Simon Vance very much does the book justice. What I found here was an expertly woven tapestry of interconnecting threads, a uniquely rendered fantasy story whose characters held me in thrall throughout, and which surprised just often enough to keep me gripped but not so often as to lose consistency and my chance to develop understanding. Absolutely sublime, from start to finish

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A wonderful narration of one of my favourite books

Tigama was the first book I ever read by Guy Gavriel Kay and this is a wonderful audio version of it. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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Tigana

A fabulous story that kept me gripped from the start; I couldn’t put it down! If I have one tiny gripe, apart from no sleep, it was Simon Vance, who is also my favourite narrator, giving the Nightwalkers a Scottish accent. Thankfully, that part of the tale only takes up a relatively short time, although it spoiled, for me, what was otherwise the usual perfect narration I have come to expect from him. I can recommend this book wholeheartedly; there’s intrigue; mystery; murder; love, war and magic, with a cast of characters that draw you in and take you with them on their journey. Loved it!

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great stuff

great book, well read . only niggle I could have is the reader not pausing for changes in pov characters....but still wonderfully done. authors afterword a happy bonus.

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Guy Gavriel Kay has outdone himself. Masterpiece.

Must read/listen. A masterpiece standalone novel that will redefine for you what can be achieved in a single book.

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Breathtaking

The author allows his tale to be told slowly allowing for a climax where all the investment into plot and the range of the multidimensional characters he has created to pay wonderful dividends. A story of identity and the damage done by revenge over love.

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  • 31-05-20

A little self-indulgent

GGK is a master storyteller, no doubt about that. I’ve loved his previous books, but this one put me off a little. Perhaps as the author gets older he allows himself an increasing sentimentality, emotional descriptive passages that run too long. That makes the pacing of the book seem glacially slow at times, and has caused more than one eye roll.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-20

Melodramatic fluff

Read something else, this isn't worth your time. Bland throughout with an ending that drags this story down even further.