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Tigana Paperback – 31 Dec 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Special edition (31 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451457765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451457769
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,334,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

aOne of the best fantasy novels I have read.a
aAnne McCaffrey
aMagical and masterful...a stirring adventure.a
a"Orlando Sentinel"
aBoldly complex...generously populated, intelligently articulated.a
a"USA Today"
aA powerfully imagined, marvelously invented Other World in which great tales naturally occur...A wonderful work in the fantasy tradition, yet full of touches that mark it as something startlingly new.a
a"Toronto Star"
aKay shows why heas the heir to Tolkienas tradition.a
a"Booklist"
aA brilliant single-volume epic...highly recommended.a
a"Library Journal"
aAn epic fantasy on the grand scale...A beautifully executed and absorbing tale of exile, love, and loyalty.a
a"Aboriginal Science Fiction"
aBrilliant and complex...A consuming epic.a
a"Publishers Weekly"
aA masterpiece of fiction...Leaves the reader breathless.a
a"Rave Reviews"

?One of the best fantasy novels I have read.?
?Anne McCaffrey

?Magical and masterful...a stirring adventure.?
?"Orlando Sentinel"

?Boldly complex...generously populated, intelligently articulated.?
?"USA Today"

?A powerfully imagined, marvelously invented Other World in which great tales naturally occur...A wonderful work in the fantasy tradition, yet full of touches that mark it as something startlingly new.?
?"Toronto Star"

?Kay shows why he's the heir to Tolkien's tradition.?
?"Booklist"

?A brilliant single-volume epic...highly recommended.?
?"Library Journal"

?An epic fantasy on the grand scale...A beautifully executed and absorbing tale of exile, love, and loyalty.?
?"Aboriginal Science Fiction"

?Brilliant and complex...A consuming epic.?
?"Publishers Weekly"

?A masterpiece of fiction...Leaves the reader breathless.?
?"Rave Reviews"



Praise for Tigana

-Boldly complex ..generously populated, intelligently articulated.---USA Today
-...a brilliant single-volume epic ... rich in intrigue and subtlety. Memorable characters and cultures add depth to a gracefully plotted story. Highly recommended.---Library Journal
-Thrilling, poignant ... Tigana is a name we won't forget.---Orlando Sentinel

-One of the best fantasy novels I have read.- --Anne McCaffrey

Praise for the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay


-[Read] anything by Guy Gavriel Kay... His strengths are strong characters and fantastic set pieces.---The New Yorker
-History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay.---The Washington Post Book World
-Kay is a genius. I've read him all my life and am always inspired by his work.---#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
-A storyteller on the grandest scale.---Time Magazine, Canada

Praise for Tigana

"Boldly complex ..generously populated, intelligently articulated."--USA Today

..".a brilliant single-volume epic ... rich in intrigue and subtlety. Memorable characters and cultures add depth to a gracefully plotted story. Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"Thrilling, poignant ... Tigana is a name we won't forget."--Orlando Sentinel

"One of the best fantasy novels I have read." --Anne McCaffrey

Praise for the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay


"[Read] anything by Guy Gavriel Kay... His strengths are strong characters and fantastic set pieces."--The New Yorker

"History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay."--The Washington Post Book World

"Kay is a genius. I've read him all my life and am always inspired by his work."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson

"A storyteller on the grandest scale."--Time Magazine, Canada

About the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. His work has been translated into over 30 languages. At the outset of his career Kay assisted in the editorial construction of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. He has also written for the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Guardian, among others, and has spoken at literary events around the world. He was won numerous literary awards, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

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My initial review:
Great story but I do feel as if its too long, unnecessarily so, perhaps its because I am reading it for the second time. The first time was nearly 10 years ago and I don't recall feeling it was overly long. The story itself is immersing and emotionally involving, the world sucks you in, and who doesn't love that in a fantasy novel? All in all I really like it.

I now feel, after having finished it for the second time, that the books length is necessary in order for the reader to truly be immersed in this world, and to feel the kind of conflicting emotions the writer intended, to get to understand the character's thoughts without even needing for it to be explained. Beautiful book. 5 stars.
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Classic Kay – terrific characterisation – I enjoy the characters so much it's terrible when they die!
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Excellent novel. One of his best
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Yes, this really is better than Lord of the Rings, better than the Ice and Fire series, better than anything else I've ever read.

The story takes place on the peninsula of the Palm, which is loosely based on mediaeval Italy. My knowledge of Italian history is little enough that I wouldn't like to comment on exactly how this has informed Kay's work, but the factual background here seems less intrusive than for A Song for Arbonne or Sailing to Sarantium; this is a fantasy world informed by history, rather than the other way round.

The peninsula was invaded by two wizards, Alberico and Brandin, who have captured four of the nine provinces each. As the last to fall to Brandin, the province of Tigana, did so, the wizard's son was killed in battle. As revenge for killing the son he loved above all else, Brandin obliterates all memory of Tigana, so that no one born outside the province can even hear its name.

Alessan, the only surviving son of the last Prince of Tigana, has sworn to avenge this, and claim back the name of his land. But to kill Brandin is not enough; as he recognises, only the the other's power holds both Brandin and Alberico in check. To be truly free, he must make the wizards destroy each other.

And I could summarise the entire book, and still not come close to why this story is so beautiful. I could talk about the use of fairy tale and legend: how Alessan, the youngest of three sons, is almost bound to be the one who completes his quest; of the twisting of an obscure line of Old Norse poetry into a great battle of good against evil; of Donar, the crippled blacksmith, and of the legend of the Golden Bough replayed: and how its foundation in scholarship makes Kay's writing so much richer. And it would still not be enough.
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Note: contains some spoilers which will only encourage you to read Tigana.

Of all the books I read in my early twenties, Tigana is definitely one that stands out, and one that I re-read frequently. It brings to life more than just a story of magic, sorcery and a fantastical landscape – it could almost be called an essay on human nature, cause and effect, and the ideals that people build for themselves, hidden within a novel. Each time I read it, a different theme stays in my mind to be ruminated over. In a similar fashion to how he wrote Under Heaven, Kay’s language, his storytelling, the character building, the themes of humanity and its vagaries, make this more than a book that can be simply classed as ‘fantasy’. As Kay himself says,

The underlying ideas, for me, had to do with how people rebel when they can’t rebel, how we behave when the world has lost its bearings, and how shattered self-respect can ripple through to the most intimate levels of our lives. […] These are ambitious elements for what was also meant to be a romantic adventure. […] But beneath them all lies the idea of using the fantasy genre in just this way: letting the universality of fantasy—of once upon a time—allow escapist fiction to be more than just that, to also bring us home. I tried to imagine myself with a stiletto not a bludgeon, slipping the themes of the story in quietly while keeping a reader turning pages well past bedtime.

Tigana is set is on a planet with two moons, and deals with a peninsula called The Palm, subjugated by two sorcerers. It is mainly the story of a people under a spell…

‘Brandin of Ygrath did something more than all of this.
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I have loved this book since I first read it almost ten years ago. It has all the elements of magic and history that you would expect from an epic fantasy like this but above all else this is a book about people: their joys, their pain and their passions. Read it and weep (and laugh and fear and fall in love with it). For my money, Dianora is one of the most richly written female characters I have ever had the pleasure to encounter.
If you are coming to Guy Gavriel Kay for the first time, don't start with this one as he has yet to match it. Start with the Lions of Al-Rassan or A Song for Arbonne and work up this this one. All are wonderful books but this one will always stay with you and you'll find yourself going back to it again and again.
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