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Tigana

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Great read. Page-turner. I was looking to read a fantasy novel t

    Great read. Page-turner. I was looking to read a fantasy novel that wasn't part of a series and found it here. We follow a musician and some wizards that are part of a civil war. His writing will keep you entertained throughout the entirety of the novel and you won't be able to put it down until the war is over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Tigana is set in a land called the Peninsula of the Palm and beg

    Tigana is set in a land called the Peninsula of the Palm and begins during the conquest of two wizards, Brandin (the king) of Ygrath and Alberico (a warlord) from the empire of Barbadior. The Peninsula of the Palm is a divided land with nine provinces that have a long history of squabbling with each other and so the land is not united and cannot withstand the onslaught from Brandin in the west and Alberico in the east. For those who are not familiar with Kay’s works, he often uses a historical nation and period for that nation as a parallel for his worlds. The parallel here is medieval Italy. I do not know much about Italian history and found that it didn’t matter when it came to the story. I understood the scope of the land and people as he described them fine. The last holdout against Brandin is the province known as Tigana. We later find out that Brandin’s beloved son is killed while fighting Tigana and as a result Brandin uses his magic to completely crush Tigana and then erases from the memory of all living the name and history of Tigana except for those that are from there and other wizards. The name when said makes no sense to anybody not from there and (if I remember correctly) nobody not from there can even say the word. Brandin renames Tigana as Lower Corte after the province to their north (and their historical arch rivals).

    Jump ahead and we begin to meet the characters who will play a role in the rest of the plot. After encountering each other through various places and situations they become a group of rebels who plot to overthrow both tyrants and reclaim their homeland of Tigana. The book contains multiple characters and viewpoints and much of the book is spent investigating each character’s feelings about Tigana and how they identify with the land of their birth as well as how they cope with having lost that identity. There are also questions the book raises about morality as the rebels also perform questionable acts such as murder in their efforts to reclaim what was once theirs. There are other characters as well, whom I won’t name so as to not give away plot surprises, which must face their own ghosts from the past and self-doubts.

    To summarize my feelings about the book, I found it to be entertaining and worth the read (or listen as I listened to the audiobook). It isn’t without its issues though. For example, I didn’t really hate or love the rebels. They weren’t loveable characters, yet I could identify with their struggles and victories; still I felt rather neutral towards them even by the end of the book. But maybe that is the point Kay is trying to make, the characters aren’t necessarily loveable or even heroic, maybe they are motivated yet their cause is just as morally grey as their conquerors’ motivations. I also felt the book was slow at several points but Kay seemed to bring action in right at the right moments when I began to feel myself getting a little winded with those spots.

    Since I did listen to the audio version I would be amiss if I didn’t say something about the narration. The book is narrated by Englishman Simon Vance. I thought he was terrific, he range of character voices was excellent (something that can be an issue with some narrators) and his English accent brought to life what I felt was the maturity with which Kay writes. It was the perfect match in my mind of narrator and text. I am looking forward to hear more audiobooks with Simon Vance reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    Captivating, but . . .

    Tigana has many outstanding qualities: an intriguing plot, thought-provoking themes, many interesting, multi-faceted characters. My one complaint? Why is it that all the major female characters, who on the surface appear strong-willed, have only sex and suicide attempts to offer to their cause? A disappointing aspect in an otherwise excellent novel.

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