The Lions of Al-Rassan

The Lions of Al-Rassan

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 Khaira The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures ...

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Title:The Lions of Al-Rassan
Author:Guy Gavriel Kay
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Lions of Al-Rassan
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:528 pages pages

The Lions of Al-Rassan Reviews

  • Kelly
    May 23, 2007
    I'm reminded of something, thinking of this book. I was reading the Unbearable Lightness of Being recently, and there was a motif introduced from a piece of Beethoven's. "En muss sein!" or, translated, "It must be!". In other words, a 'heavy' (as Kundera would have put it) sense of you...
  • mark monday
    Nov 30, 2012
    The Lions of al-Rassan is a sweeping historical epic that examines the price of war, the deadly toll on lives that can occur when religion and politics meet and clash, the seemingly endless give and take between Christians & Muslims & Jews, the power that certain charismatic in...
  • Mario
    Apr 06, 2008
    You will fall in love with one of the characters in this book. I absolutely guarantee it. The only question is, with whom? Will it be with the flamboyant Ammar ibn Khailan, poet, spymaster, kingslayer, warrior? With Jehane, strong and stubborn doctor? Perhaps with Miranda, so beaut...
  • Kemper
    Jun 29, 2009
    If I scored my nerd tendencies I?d fall much closer on the scale to comic books and Star Trek than to Lord of the Rings and other swords-n-sorcery kind of fantasy which is weird because I do enjoy the kind of world building and political intrigue that is often a big part of the genre...
  • Veronica Belmont
    May 31, 2014
    First of all, allow me to give Kiala her due for picking this book for Vaginal Fantasy. After last month's pick, we were sorely due for something of substance. I will also remind everyone that last month's pick was MY doing, so I'm duly chastened. Anyhow. The Lions of Al-Rassan is ...
  • Terence
    Mar 07, 2011
    Perhaps it?s incipient dementia? I?ve lost too many brain cells to time and American TV but I just don?t get the GGK ?love? evinced by many of my GR friends. I struggled through the first 100 pages of this book and seriously considered giving up entirely but I persevered t...
  • Brad
    May 25, 2016
    I have been known to argue against hope. To argue that hope is evervating. That it leads to apathy and inaction. That it is anathema to change. I have argued these things and probably will again, so it is particularly strange that one of my all time favourite books should be a book so ...
  • Becky
    Feb 20, 2011
    This book has come highly recommended by almost all of my friends, and so naturally, I was very excited to read it. This was my first experience with Kay, and the consensus seems to be that this is his best work. Certainly the Goodreads average rating bears that up. Lions of Al-Rassan ...
  • Jayme
    Jan 24, 2011
    I was very excited to read this because of the premise: Alternate medieval Al-Andalus, clash of cultures and religions, the fall of an Empire, the end of an era, and romance! By the time I got 100 pages into it, I was skimming. Pretty soon I was skipping whole chapters, looking for ...
  • Chris
    May 19, 2009
    I needed a couple of days to let this sink in before writing a review. That's how powerful the book was, and its incredible ending. This is one of those books that it's very difficult to write a spoiler-free review for. I could mark it as such and go for it, but then people that hav...
  • Kate Quinn
    Nov 07, 2017
    Crying. Crying helplessly. What a book. ...
  • Dawn
    Jun 30, 2010
    Wow. I don't even know what to say. I'm speechless! This was only my second Kay novel, the first being A Song for Arbonne, and I didn't really know what to expect. I have to admit, the blurb didn't really catch me... But I had found it in a used book store for cheap, so I decided to tr...
  • Sandra
    May 21, 2010
    I can't even think how to review this book. First of all, I guess, it's a good lesson on why not to give up on a book before you finish it. I was more than halfway through, and getting a little frustrated and somewhat bored with Kay's POV changes and introduction of new and mostly peri...
  • Sam
    Apr 12, 2010
    I love this book. 5 Stars. All the Stars. It?s a slow burn. I can easily acknowledge that, but the characters are intriguing from the start and Kay?s writing is just beautiful. The world can be a bit confusing as well if you don?t understand the background of medieval Spain as...
  • Anthony
    Jun 05, 2019
    This novel gained power and complexity as I made my way deeper into its pages, and in the end I came to greatly appreciate its rich subtleties, its many-layered characters, and its fascinating world. I was more emotionally captivated by, and more propelled to burn through, Kay?s incr...
  • Bill
    Dec 17, 2010
    I learned something reading this book. I dislike Guy Gavriel Kay's writing. It was my first book of his and it will probably be my last. I was reading several other books at the same time, a habit of mine, and the further I got into this book, the harder it became to make myself lea...
  • Daniel Roy
    Sep 03, 2012
    I usually have a rule that if a book doesn't grab my attention within 50 pages, I just drop it and move on. Too many great books, not enough time. I gave The Lions of Al-Rassan a good chance with 150 pages, and it still utterly failed to grab me. Maybe it was a bad idea to read a high-...
  • Reggie Kray
    Nov 08, 2012
    Exquisite prose. Superb characterization. A tale that will incite emotions of love and hate. Historical fiction does not get better than this my friends! A novel I am unlikely to ever forget. ...
  • Angela
    Mar 05, 2017
    I'm don't tend to be a crier when I read. If a book can make me cry it deserves 5 stars. The story was woven together so well that the last chapter and epilogue sucker punched you. Yes there were tears. Yes the book by the end moved me that much. Readers of historical fantasy you might...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Nov 23, 2016
    August 2017 buddy read with Candace! Our BR only got delayed about a year... ...
  • Lisa
    Nov 03, 2013
    Full review: http://tenaciousreader.wordpress.com/... Guy Gavriel Kay has been on my ?must try? list for years. I have heard him recommended so many times and I have come across devoted fans that will praise his prose endlessly. And on top of that, he writes stand-alone novels, ...
  • Em Lost In Books
    Feb 23, 2014
    4.5 Story revolve around people of three religion and their struggle to prevail over each other. These three religions are Ashar (worshipers of Stars), Jad(worshipers of Sun) and Kindath (worshipers of Moons). On a day that was known as ?day of moat?, physician Jehane bet Ishak,...
  • Chris Berko
    May 20, 2017
    The things some people can do with words is breathtaking. I absolutely loved this book. I have ranted about it to everyone possible, including strangers in cars next to me on the street. I tell them to roll down their windows and then I tell them to read this book. My mom stopped takin...
  • Molly Ison
    Jul 14, 2013
    Reads like a movie novelization. A movie intended as pseudo-historical reenactment Oscar-bait with beautiful sweeping landscapes and beautiful actors and actresses who take it all so damn seriously. The women are spunky (I hate that word, so it's appropriate for Jehane) and inappropria...
  • Matthew Quann
    Sep 28, 2019
    It's been a long time since I've read something by Guy Gavriel Kay. His Fionavar Tapestry fantasy trilogy was one of the formative fantasy series of my youth, and aside from an attempt at Tigana and a vaguely remembered reading of A Song for Arbonne, I've not really gone back to his ...
  • Alissa
    Oct 29, 2014
    I loved this book. The story is seductive and engaging, the characters are adult, well-rounded and sophisticated, the writing style is very versatile: it offers both lavish descriptions, witty dialogues, elegant poetry, emotion and brutal detachment to a great, immersive effect. Subtle...
  • Tammy
    Feb 06, 2016
    First GGK book, I eventually chose to read this before Tigana, i'm happy I did. I'm truly lost for words, this was simply a great experience. I can't find any fault with the world, characters or the story. Rodrigo and Ammar were my favorites among st so many awesome characters. I wi...
  • Katie
    Nov 12, 2016
    Book 9 of my 2016 Kay reading marathon, predictably I loved it! ...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    May 27, 2017
    I feel like I should have loved this book. Parts of it were so good and it had that tortured world gritty feel to it that's right up my alley. Friends on GR who share common interests one and all loved it. But my god the middle 60% was a slog for me. I had to put it down and restart it...
  • Petrik
    Oct 28, 2017
    I can?t believe this is happening but here I am, my first ever DNF. I DNF?ed this book somewhere around 60% and because of that I will still give this book a rating, my second 1 star rating; the first one was for Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is an extremely unpopular opinio...