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AN EXHILARATING EPIC ADVENTURE OF FIERCE PASSIONS, DIVIDED LOYALTIES AND TRIBAL WAR
In the once powerful empire of Al-Rassan, King Almalik Cartada is on the ascendancy, adding city after city to his realm aided always by the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan – poet, diplomat, soldier and assassin. Cartada's empire is threatened only by the ambitious Jaddite kings of the north who are eager to reclaim the lands they once held.
But the Jaddite lands are divided and their own celebrated military leader Rodrigo Belmonte and his war-band are forced into exile. Thus in the exquisite lakeside city of Ragosa, Rodrigo and ibn Khairan meet and serve – for a time – the same monarch. And observing the byplay between the two men, is the beautiful, brilliant physician, Jehane, who herself becomes a crucial player as the peninsula is swept to the brink of holy war…
"An engrossing tale"
"[A] magnificent, deeply moving book"
"Kay provides insightful glimpses into the goals and motives of this many characters"
I've re read this book so often and now have it on audio, and it's amazing how the prose still fascinates and captivates. Read morePublished 1 month ago by U
He can do better, and he has...some of his books I re-read every summer, during vacation, but not this one...several reasons, one being the lack of a clear story line... Read morePublished 7 months ago by april
Author never ceases to amaze and awe me with his stories. This is no less. I couldn't put it down, nor could I stop myself being moved. A must readPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Inspired by the Reconquest of Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan tells the story of people on both sides of a holy war, and of the grief and pain and joy that comes from making... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookworm
Very well written, convincing and interesting characters. It's fantasy not an historical novel but clearly based on the Moors, Christians and Jews in mediaeval Spain.Published 13 months ago by Cybi
I love G.G. K. and this book is one of his best. The characters are so alive and you quickly get hooked into the story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reconquista squeezed into forty years with a mirrored antagonist for 'El Cid'. Kay at his best. 'Fantasy' is unfair; this is historical research and a stunning 'what if' intellect... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tim Moule
I almost wish I hadn't read this now, because I know, I just know, that it's going to stay with me, that it's going to linger and make it almost impossible for me to start anything... Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Ball
BEAUTIFUL PROSE, ROUNDED CHARACTERS, AN AWESOME TALE. MAKES ME CRY EVERY TIME. ONE OF HIS BEST. TORN BETWEEN THIS AND THE SARANTINE MOSAIC.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer