The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay

The Lions of Al-Rassan

By Guy Gavriel Kay

  • Release Date: 2012-06-19
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 44 Ratings)


The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan -- poet, diplomat, soldier -- until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites' most celebrated -- and feared -- military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south.

In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve -- for a time -- the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate -- and increasingly torn by her feelings -- is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond.

Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake -- or destroy -- a world.


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    By Surrey05
    Kay's "Tigana" is one of my favorite books. Reading this book cemented Kay as one of my favorite authors. There is a depth of insight here that is truly rare, and an incredible ability find the right words to communicate them to the reader. I can't recommend this enough to lovers of high fantasy.