- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Earthlight; New edition edition (4 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743450078
- ISBN-13: 978-0743450072
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 4.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,559,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Song for Arbonne Paperback – 4 Nov 2002
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About the Author
Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada, although he does most of his writing in Europe. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed fantasy novels, including THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY trilogy and the bestselling TIGANA. At the age of 20, he was asked by the Tolkien estate to help Christopher Tolkien with the editing of the Silmarrillion - the first and only time the estate has ever made such a request.
Top Customer Reviews
Because GGK is writing of an alternative universe, the story remains compelling even though the outcome in our own world turned out to be tragic: you don't know if the same fire and destruction is going to be visited on Arbonne, with her olive groves and vineyards, her beautiful ladies and gallant troubadours... the picture painted is so vivid, and the characters so well-drawn, that you'll truly hope all will be well (don't worry, I'm not going to reveal what happens).
What I will say is that this book haunted me so much that I decided to read up on Catharism and the Albigensian Crusade. GGK's work can have that effect: his Sarantine Mosaic (Sailing to Sarantium, and Lord of Emperors) also made me want to know more about the Byzantine Empire. I have to say I slightly prefer the Sarantine Mosaic to this, but no matter, it's impossible for me to award a novel of this quality anything less than the full five stars.
A Song for Arbonne delivers a well-balanced and thought provoking novel, involving the reader in the relationships of each character in such a way that your heart races as they talk and plunges as they fight - there is no single 'bad guy' as such, the differences here are more often cultural than otherwise. This might sound "fluffy" or some such to someone reading it but believe me.. this book is far from fluffy. It is touching at times and stomach-churning at others..... having read it far too many times to be truly objective any more I can only say that every single person I know who has read this after I recommended it to them has fallen for Arbonne and several have gone on to read all Guy Kay's other novels.
If you're skeptical (you needn't be) just try it; I wish I had the opportunity to read it again for the first time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book, it has a warmth of style and character not found in any other fantasy work i have ever read and belive me at almost 40 years of age that is a lot. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2008 by David Moore
G G Kay is an excellent author. The plots are complex and character driven. The setting is well researched and he pays exquisite attention to detail. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2005 by Sian