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A Song for Arbonne
     

A Song for Arbonne

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by Guy Gavriel Kay, Richard Chizmar (Editor), Robert Morrish (Editor)
 

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From the renowned author of Children of Earth and Sky, Tigana, and The Lions of Al-Rassan

For the Northern mercenary called Blaise, it began with the death of a king and betrayal in the form of a peace treaty. Wandering in self-imposed exile, he would journey to the Kingdom of Arbonne, where the Court of Love made warriors bow to

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From the renowned author of Children of Earth and Sky, Tigana, and The Lions of Al-Rassan

For the Northern mercenary called Blaise, it began with the death of a king and betrayal in the form of a peace treaty. Wandering in self-imposed exile, he would journey to the Kingdom of Arbonne, where the Court of Love made warriors bow to troubadours, and a well-sung ballad was valued as highly as a skillfully swung sword. But Arbonne was a troubled realm, torn by an ancient feud between its two most powerful dukes and coveted as a prize by the land in which Blaise himself had grown to manhood. And no one—except perhaps Arbonne’s goddess—could forsee that one Northern mercenary might become the key to Arbonne’s destiny....

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"One of those books you wish would never end. A thoughtful, literate adventure filled with rich details and vivid characters, high drama and graceful prose."—San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Rarely has a book come along that fulfils on so many levels...Kay skillfully and lyrically paints a portrait of a land and the human hearts that inhabit it."—The Palm Beach Post
 
"Based on the troubadour culture that rose in Provence ... this panoramic, absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world...a vivid world of love and music, magic and death."—Publishers Weekly

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

Palm Beach Post
Rarely has a book come along that fulfills on so many levels...Kay skillfully and lyrically paints a portrait of a land and the human hearts that inhabit it, complete with their failures and epiphanies.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on the troubadour culture that rose in Provence during the High Middle Ages, this panoramic, absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world. As in Tigana , it is a world with two moons. The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is rent by a feud between its two most powerful dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long-dead Aelis, lover of one, wife of the other and once heir to the country's throne. To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose inhabitants worship the militant god Corannos and are ruled by corrupt, womanizing King Ademar. His chief advisor, the high priest of Corannos, is bent on wiping out the worship of a female deity, whose followers live to the south. Into this cauldron of brewing disaster comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes service with Bertran and averts an attempt on his life. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a claim for sanctuary by his sister-in-law set the stage for a brutal clash between the two cultures. Intertwined is the tale of a young woman troubadour whose role suggests the sweep of the drama to come. Kay creates a vivid world of love and music, magic and death in a realm that resembles ours but is just different enough to enrich the fantasy genre. 25,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
Kay's latest is very much in the vein of his well-received Tigana (1990): an exhilarating epic fantasy based loosely on medieval history. Tigana was an imaginary kingdom analogous to Italy; Arbonne bears a similar resemblance to 12th-century Provence. But Kay is less interested in re-creating history than in playing the changes on the epic themes of love, war, and destiny. So rather than in medieval Europe, we find ourselves in a world with two moons, where a dualistic pagan religion takes the place of Christianity. Much of the time, we see Arbonne through the eyes of Blaise, an expatriate mercenary captain in the employ of Bertran, one of the most powerful lords of Arbonne—a man equally adept at war, music, and the art of seduction. As it turns out, Blaise is also a man with a complex past and a high destiny in his native Gorhaut, Arbonne's traditional enemy. There's a full quota of heroic action here—Kay has a rare ability to rise to the occasion for a set-piece battle. But as the duality of Arbonne's religion indicates in its balance of male and female gods, the women characters play an equally central role—from the Countess who rules the rival warlords of Arbonne, to the blind high-priestess, to the pregnant northern noblewoman who precipitates a war by fleeing south, to a young woman in the process of becoming one of the great troubadours of Arbonne. Meanwhile, music is a major theme throughout here, while Kay spins all the threads into a powerful tale of great events in a richly drawn magical kingdom. Complex and compelling: one of the most impressive fantasies in a long time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451458971
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
321,949
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.94(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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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Song for Arbonne 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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This book tells the tale of a man named Blaise. Blaise fought for his king and country all his life. But when his king dies and a dishonorable treaty gives away a massive piece of land to foreign hands he decides to leave his home and country. He travels south to the women ruled land of Arbonne. Everything is different in this country. Women are allowed more freedoms and they even worship a goddess instead of a god. Soon it becomes clear that war is coming to Arbonne. War is coming from his home country. Now he has to make a choice. Who will he fight for? This book is a true master work. Guy Gavriel Kay creates a world full of adventure. When I picked up this book I just couldn't put it down. It is a great novel for all ages. I highly recommend that you read this book.
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This is one of the best books i've ever read!! i could not put this book down and i recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and romance!!