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Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

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Overview

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kay The Fionavar Tapestry brings to life a layered, pragmatic world of magic and difficult choices, where brutality and beauty coexist. Eight of the nine provinces of the Peninsula of the Palm, on a world with two moons, have fallen to the warrior sorcerers Brandin of Ygrath and Alberico of Barbadior. Brandin's younger son is slain in a battle with the principality of Tigana, which the grief-stricken sorcerer then destroys. Years later, a small band of survivors, led by Alessan, last prince of Tigana's royal house, wages psychological warfare, planting seeds for the overthrow of the two tyrants. At the center of these activities are Devin, a gifted young singer; Catriana, a young woman pursued by suspicions of her family's guilt; and Duke Sandre d'Astibar, a wily resistance leader thought dead. Meanwhile, at Brandin's court, Dianora, his favorite concubine and--unknown to anyone, another survivor of Tigana--struggles between her growing love for the often gentle tyrant and her desire for vengeance. Gradually the scene is set for both conquerors to destroy each other and free a land. Tolkien protege Kay's brilliant and complex portrayal of good and evil, high and low, will draw readers to this consuming epic. Sept.
Library Journal
In a desperate attempt to revive the memory of a land banished from existence and to restore freedom to a battered world, a wandering musician and his small band of compatriots traverse a countryside bowed under the weight of its sorcerer-conquerors. The author of ``The Fionavar Tapestry'' trilogy creates a brilliant single-volume epic fantasy, rich in intrigue and subtlety. Memorable characters and cultures add depth to a gracefully plotted story. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451457769
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 165,215
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is an internationally bestselling author. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel. His works have been translated into twenty-five languages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Great read

    But there is no way im paying $18 for an ebook

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    My favorite kay

    I kerp coming back to Tigana as my favorite GGK novel. The layers of tragedy and overcoming that tragedy in their lives moves me to tears each time i read it.

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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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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    I really loved this book from beginning to end. It was so invol

    I really loved this book from beginning to end. It was so involved and compelling and intricate. Kay wove so many details into this story and so many characters. I just absolutely loved it, and now I'm working my way through the rest of his books. Definitely read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Favorite

    Guy Gavriel Kay paints worlds and characters in a way that makes you want to climb in and disappear into the fabric of the story. Tigana was my first GGK book (I'm working my way through all of his books), and I now give it often as a gift. Exquisite writing, and a compelling and original story. Wonderful for any adult age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Amazing!

    If you are into books with immensely intricate plots with intense characterization this is surely a book for you! It was wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    GREAT read

    Guy Kay is an exceptional writer and really has a gem in Tigana. I have really enjoyed his other books, reading 'Last Light of the Sun' right now (not quite the same quality as some of his others) and Tigana was wonderful. He spins these incredible stories that just keep you glued to the page. Definately pick up this book...you will not be disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    Fantastic Fantasy!

    This book is passionate, spellbinding, action-packed, and addictive. Watch out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    Only One Minor Complaint

    I LOVED this book!!!!! AMAZING! My only complaint is.... I really dont like how it ended..... People who have read the book may know what I mean.... But other than the tiny thing at the end that I really dont understand, it is flawless!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Very good

    This book is one of the best avanturistic/fantasy books I ever read.Story about revenge and returning of word 'Tigana' in the language of the ordinary people.Magnificient!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    By far Kay's best work

    This is by far Kay's best work. His other novels seem to wander and get lost, but not this one. Tigana is a fully realized world with it's own legends and tales. It is hard to find a book whose fantasy world is so encompassing.

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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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    I Cannot Say Enough

    I absolutely loved this book. It had my emotions on a roller coaster and I came away thinking of the characters as some of my best friends. When it ended I only wanted more. (even if it was 4:00 a.m.) ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    Wow.

    This is an incredible book. Full of classic heroism, intrigue and an unorthodox look at good and evil, this book is worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    Kay does it again!!!

    Kay displays once more his Unique writing talent that surpasses most, with an Enthralling story and likable characters, that really made my emotions rise. I truly Enjoyed this noval, and await his next Venture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    Amazing masterful storytelling

    This is the first of Kay's books I have read, and I must say I was enthralled from beginning to end...Kay is an amazing writer and makes you not only feel the story, but see and taste and share the carachters every emotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    The only book I've read more than 3 times.

    It's clever, it's realistic, it's passionate. I love this book for the complexity of the politics and the simplicity of the way it is put foreward. It shows that not all goals are to be reached by just getting to it, but sometimes you need to look at the grander scheme of things. The Palm is devided by two conquering nations, both diverse in the way they are being conquered/governed. It has a few storylines, all freedom fighters, not all on the same team. The heartbreaking story about a brother and a sister got me the most, but all others were very enjoyable. Also very good if you DON'T like fantasy.

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