The Lions of al-Rassan

The Lions of al-Rassan

by Guy Gavriel Kay

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060733490
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 330,554
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

GUY GAVRIEL KAY is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost fantasy authors. He is the author of eleven novels, and his works have been translated into twenty-five languages. Kay lives in Toronto with his family. Visit him online at brightweavings.com.

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Chapter One

Always remember that they come from the desert.

Back in the days before Jehane had begun her own practice, in that time when her father could still talk to her, and teach, he had offered those words to her over and again, speaking of the ruling Asharites among whom they dwelt on sufferance, and labored -- as the scattered tribes of the Kindath did everywhere -- to create a small space in the world of safety and a measure of repose.

"But we have the desert in our own history, don't we?" she could remember asking once, the question thrown back as a challenge. She had never been an easy pupil, not for him, not for anyone.

"We passed through," Ishak had replied in the beautifully modulated voice. "We sojourned for a time, on our way. We were never truly a people of the dunes. They are. Even here in Al-Rassan, amid gardens and water and trees, the Star-born are never sure of the permanence of such things. They remain in their hearts what they were when they first accepted the teachings of Ashar among the sands. When you are in doubt as to how to understand one of them, remind yourself of this and your way will likely be made clear."

In those days, despite her fractiousness, Jehane's father's words had been as text and holy guide for her. On another occasion, after she had complained for the third time during a tedious morning preparing powders and infusions, Ishak had mildly cautioned that a doctor's life might often be dull, but was not invariably so, and there would be times when she found herself longing for quiet routine.

She was to sharply call to mind both of these teachings before she finally fell asleep at the end of the day that would long afterwards be known in Fezana -- with curses, and black candles burned in memory -- as The Day of the Moat.

It was a day that would be remembered all her life by Jehane bet Ishak, the physician, for reasons over and above those of her fellow citizens in that proud, notoriously rebellious town: she lost her urine flask in the afternoon, and a part of her heart forever before the moons had set.

The flask, for reasons of family history, was not a trivial matter.

The day had begun at the weekly market by the Cartada Gate. just past sunrise, Jehane was in the booth by the fountain that had been her father's before her, in time to see the last of the farmers coming in from the countryside with their produce-laden mules. In a white linen robe beneath the physician's green and white awning, she settled in, cross-legged on her cushion, for a morning of seeing patients. Velaz hovered, as ever, behind her in the booth, ready to measure and dispense remedies as she requested them, and to ward off any difficulties a young woman might encounter in a place as tumultuous as the market. Trouble was unlikely, however; Jehane was well-known by now.

A morning at the Cartada Gate involved prescribing mostly for farmers from beyond the walls but there were also city servants, artisans, women bargaining for staples at the market and, not infrequently, those among the high-born too frugal to pay for a private visit, or too proud to be treated at home by one of the Kindath. Such patients never came in person; they would send a household woman bearing a urine flask for diagnosis, and sometimes a script spelled out by a scribe outlining symptoms and complaints.

Jehane's own urine flask, which had been her father's, was prominently visible on the counter beneath the awning. It was a family signature, an announcement. A magnificent example of the glassblower's art, the flask was etched with images of the two moons the Kindath worshipped and the Higher Stars of divination.

In some ways it was an object too beautiful for everyday use, given the "unglamorous function it was meant to serve. The flask had been made by an artisan in Lonza six years ago, commissioned by King Almalik of Cartada after Ishak had guided the midwives --- from the far side of the birthing screen -- through the difficult but successful delivery of Almalik's third son.

When the time had come for the delivery of a fourth, son, an even more difficult birth, but also, ultimately, a successful one, Ishak of Fezana, the celebrated Kindath physician, had been given a different, controversial gift by Cartada's king. A more generous offering in its way, but awareness of that did nothing to touch the core of bitterness Jehane felt to this day, four years after. It was not a bitterness that would pass; she knew that with certainty.

She gave a prescription for sleeplessness and another for stomach troubles. Several people stopped to buy her father's remedy for headache. It was a simple compound, though closely guarded, as all physicians' private mixtures were: cloves, myrrh and aloes. Jehane's mother was kept busy preparing that one all week long in the treatment rooms at the front of their home.

The morning passed. Velaz quietly and steadily filled clay pots and vials at the back of the booth as Jehane issued her direction. A flask of urine clear at the bottom but thin and pate at the top told its tale of chest congestion. Jehane prescribed fennel and told the woman to return the next week with another sample.

Ser Rezzoni of Sorenica, a sardonic man, had taught that the essence of the successful physician's practice lay in inducing patients to return. The dead ones, he'd noted, seldom did. Jehane could remember laughing; she had laughed often in those days, studying in far-off Batiara, before the fourth son of Cartada's king had been born.

The Lions of Al-Rassan. Copyright © by Guy Gavriel Kay. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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jegbarber More than 1 year ago
His books, for many years, have drawn me back to read and reread again anad again. It started with the 'Hawk of May', then to the trilogy of the 'Summer Tree' and now, reading the Lions of Al Rassan it invokes the time of medival Spain at or near the Crusades. The 'Last Light of the Sun' follows suit after the 'Lions of Al-Rassan'. It is evocative of the three great religions, the loves and hates between each, the ability to cross cultural barriers for a higher common cause and to seek resolution of great and terrible social evils. It is a book for thought and reflection on how these issues are still at odds today. It captures the epic movers and shakers who establish kingdoms and induce historical sweeping change for the generations that will follw. There are villians, heroes and tragic loss of love. All of which is epic and stoic in the telling. This story is an excellent example of the Kay's style. And many of his other works overlap using the same time frame. It is at the same time nearly historical with a smattering the fantasy and the supernatural. And excellant and gentle read.
sleo More than 1 year ago
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 peripheral characters so far into the book. This is the fourth Kay book I've read, and I find myself a little put off by his distant approach to events that are positively horrifying. He introduces one of the main characters with a scene of him as an assassin, cool as you please. Made it a little hard to warm up to him later, for me, at least. A later scene of butchery I almost missed as my eyes were skimming a scene that he was describing in this way. Had to go back and reread it. On the other hand, some of the things he writes about are mundane and seemingly very incidental to the plot. I'm wondering from time to time, "Why am I reading this?" Anyway, I put the book down and watched some TV shows I'd missed and was hesitant about going back to it. Friends, however, had given it such high recommendations that I decided to continue. That's when it started to get interesting. At some point I could not stop reading until I was crying so hard that my dogs got upset and I had to remind myself that it was only a BOOK I was reading, not a rerun of a personal tragedy. Kay's descriptions of the characters and their feelings so closely mirrored my own that it was hard to separate. Finally, at the end, the book left me horribly sad and I find I have to give it five stars, not because I enjoyed it but because it's obviously a case of art mirroring life to the nth degree and a work of genius. REREAD: 7/18/2012 I'm glad I read this another time even though I'm left with a feeling of overwhelming sadness. I picked up much more of the nuance, the power, the total tragedy of war; the ambiguity of honor; and the primacy of love. I grieve so for the loss of a great man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was kind of skeptical when I first began reading this book, because I had never heard of the author before and, from reading the book jacket, the plot seemed similar to many typical fantasy books that I've read. However, I was dead wrong. This book was excellent, with well-developed characters, florid descriptions and a good plot with interesting ties to actual history. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to almost anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book convinced me otherwise. I would, had I the time, read it over slowly in order to savor it. Alas, time is precious, and I sacrificed perhaps too much simply to read it once. No matter; the price was more than worth it. I would recommend this book to anyone, to everyone, to those who would not normally touch science fiction (which this is not, exactly) or even historical fiction (which this also is not... exactly). This is the first book of Guy Gavriel Kay's that I have read; It will not be the last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so great. It was enormously entertaining and kept me rapt through each page. I think Kay knows how to capture his audiences with a skill that surpasses most authors out there today. His world is reminiscent of a world that used to exist and I think it adds to the charm of the story. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, and recommend it to others!!!
faganjc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A perfect triumvirate of protagonists, with a terrific female lead. Like Sarantine mosaic, again, the three-dimensional development of characters' spirituality (or lack thereof) is so impressive. Lots of action. I was surprised I rated this book five stars and Sarantine Mosaic 4.5. I enjoyed Sarantine more. However, I think this is the book I will read again in several years. It's not done with me yet.I would buy and read an entire book of Immar's poetry, and that's saying something.
sarbow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is my favourite of GGK's books. In his usual style, GGK draws on actual history and imports it into his own world. His history is well researched and his world very real.
shelterdowns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A heartening brew-- The first feat of inquisition, the doom of a race, and the providence guarding two matchless warriors, tipped together into a pot of spice and brought to a-boiling. The final product is wicked and cunning, with all the fey pattern-weaving, taut action, and maddening suspense we expect from historical fantasy's greatest writer. As an added bonus, we are introduced to one of the genre¿s supreme female leads. Kay has written as well since, but never better.
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kay is one of my favorite authors. Lions exemplifies most of the things I love about his novels: carefully drawn characters who interact in credible ways, and whose self-awareness enables the author to tell us a lot about what they are thinking and feeling; lovely prose; a story that puts interesting people into situations that require them to make difficult choices, and makes it easy for us to care what they choose. The book also reflects the flaws that affect all his work: he's a bit too much in love with his cleverness, and when he grabs hold of a theme, he tends to flog us with it. Here is is concerned with the nature of disguises and mistaken or unclear identity. He uses this to great effect in some scenes (e.g., the tragic death of a loyal and attractive character), but ruins the effect by overusing it in the epilogue. In spite of this flaunting, the book is a wonderful story. Kay has clearly done extensive research into the history and cultures of medieval Spain, and he draws representatives of the thinly veiled (sorry!) Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities very nicely. He looks at what happens when we care too much about our cultures, and too little. None of the groups get a free pass when it comes to avarice, cruelty, and violence, but each shows its virtues as well. A nice, and characteristic, pairing of passages in which first an Arab leader and then a Catholic king pray for the same things is a good example of both his intention and his technique.Ammar ibn Khairan, one of the triad of lead characters (another Kay staple), is wonderfully drawn, but still I sense that Kay didn't quite "catch" him. I suspect that Kay identifies with Ammar to an extent, probably moreso than any of his other characters except Crispin the crabby artisan. A poet as well as a diplomat, soldier, connoisseur of fine things, Ammar is a Renaissance man. He is a great character in that we have trouble deciding what to think of him; we see why he does most things, but still we may not approve of everything he does.There is very little reason to call this book a fantasy; the only elements that are not completely realistic are the second moon and the psychic gift of one young man. Kay has established himself as a fine writer of historical romances, with differing amounts of magic or fantastic elements. This one has some transcendent moments and Kay's signature inevitable heart-wrenching tragedy. I think it was a step beyond his prior works in terms of literary craftmanship, and I'm not sure he has bettered it since.
trinibaby9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lesson in the fact that whatever our religions or convictions we are first and foremost human beings. There are bad people of every faith all over the world, however this does not mean we should judge a whole group of people by these individuals. In this novel Kay shows that however hard it may be to look past the bad, we must focus on the good. A moving story, richly depicting the nuances and consequences of war and religion.
CeridwynR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not one of my favourites of his novels - I think because he doesn't quite hit the mythic arc as beautifully as he does in 'Tigana' and the 'Fionnavar Tapestry', but it's still rather wonderful and I cry at the bit with the twin boys in trouble even more now I have a son. Also, it's very nice to have a love triangle where all three sides are strong.
orien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I struggled a bit to get into this book.

The author used words beautifully--the story was really very well written. The characters were well fleshed out, and I fell in love with them. I liked how the author wrote strong, capable female characters, and there was some humor injected in the story in a few places...but it just wasn't my thing.

It was too...political for my taste. It followed the events leading up to a great war, and I've never really liked those fantasy books that focused on warring nations etc. etc.

The author has a way of drawing out suspense during pivotal moments in the book, which can sometimes get annoying. I am an impatient person, and I found myself rushing through certain boring portions in order to find out what the hell happened, or what the results of a certain battle was.

It was still a good read, though.
Roylin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was recommended by a friend who is an avid fantasy reader. I gave it a try. I found it excellent. Great, engaging and fully realized characters and a relevant theme: Religion, and how it is manipulated for people's own end and how fundamentalism of either side leads to conflict....that's how I viewed it anyway. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The character builds are fantastic . The story fast moving. At times a little to descriptive but it needed it. The ending good. ALL in all a great book! I highly recommend it .
bluerose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ending of this is possibly the most heartwrenching ending I have *ever* read. The first time I read the actual ending, I cried for so long, I could hardly read the Epilogue, which set me off again.Do not however let that put you off. As ever this is an excellent story from GGK :)Summary: In a world in the middle of religious and political upheaval (it has similarities to historical Jewish/Christian issues) a woman doctor is saved from the sacking of her town and ends up in the company of the two most celebrated and infamous men of her time.It is a delicately balanced love triangle (given that one of the men is married to one of the most formidable beauties of her day ) and handled with a grace and panache that is so typical of GGK. There are some hilarious scenes in this book, the collar and the lead scene being one thats memorable.Its a story of the characters, embroiled in the difficulties of the time, and is both a small and large story. Another I should go off and read again :)
viking2917 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Look, it's a great book. There's no doubt. Moments of piercing beauty, and sadness. Heroism, and yet full of the real compromises life often requires. And yet....I have grumbles.Why the insistence on dressing up medieval Spain and the conflict with the Muslim world in fake nomenclature like "Jaddites", "Asherites", "Kindath" - I spent much of the novel going "right, the Kindath are the Jews, and - wait - were the Asherites the Muslins or the Spaniards?". I don't see that attempting to move this novel away from historical terms, while the setting remains intrinsically bound to the cultures described, really buys anything. Sure, the events don't align entirely with real history - but so what? That would not bother any of Kay's readers. I think the novel's power would have grown had he more directly leveraged the known dynamics between the cultures. I know I as a reader would have spent less time on mental gymnastics trying to map the terms to the historical analogs I know he was evoking.On more than one occasion something fundamental would happen to one of the characters, a death, injury, what have you, and Kay would refuse to name the character, obfuscating to whom the mortal blow had been dealt. In one important case, I understand why (avoiding a spoiler here). But in the other cases, I found these "cliffhangers" more annoying than suspenseful. I can always skip forward a few pages to figure out who, but why toy with the reader, especially in the early to middle parts of the book? More annoying than suspenseful. Kay always leverages "archetypal" moments to create power. Here, the love triangle, the yearning for a married man, the duel to the death, ethnic cleansing, the warrior/poet - these are powerful thematic elements. But sometimes the moments feel contrived - a few times I could almost feel Kay reaching for the place where the archetypes are kept, to pull one off the shelf in order to move the plot forward. But it's a small complaint.Kay finds ways to evoke the culture of a place. In Ysabel, he found a way to evoke the south of France with power. I think in Lions, he found a way to evoke the courtly obsession with honor and country in Spain, and the sensitivity to disrespect - there are strong echoes here of Perez-Reverte, particularly the Captain Alatriste works. (This is not to imply Kay is the lesser writer at all - they are both writers I admire greatly - but the tone and evocation are eerily similar to me.)In any case, grumbles aside - read it. You won't be sorry.
littlegeek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
hmmm, well, I expected to love this book given its subject matter (faux-medieval Spain) and many rave reviews, but I have to say I'm rather underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, but there were a couple of major flaws.**BIG SPOILERS**1. The 2 main "heroes" (if you could call them that) were virtually indistiguishable. I took to thinking of them as "the married one" and "the bisexual." That seemed to be the only difference. And they were pretty stock mercenary hero types, nothing to get excited about. I think it would have made a much more compelling story, in a book about a holy war, to have at least one of the main characters actually be pious or at least somewhat religious. Maybe the author couldn't imagine religious zealotry well enough to put it in his story. 2. Jehane. I'd heard there was a "strong female character" in the book, but to me she was pretty weak. On the first long day, when all sorts of horror and uprising were going on, she still manages to meet and get the hots for both our heroes, and for the life of me I cannot understand why. What Jewish doctor, dedicated to preservation of life, would fall instantly in love with a Christian warlord and a Muslim mercenary/assassin? They didn't seem that charming, it just didn't wash to me. At first she had a mission to avenge her father's maiming, but that fizzled out pretty quick, and then she was just hanging around some random king's court mooning over the 2 heroes, trying to decide which one to jump on. Considering that one was very married, even that didn't hold much tension.3. Plot contrivances. Both our heroes meet our heroine on the same day, and apparently, everyone fell in love at first sight with everyone else. Both heroes are conveniently exiled at the same time (for pretty specious reasons), arrive in the same city on the same day, and are hired by the local king for no purpose that I could see at all. They get sent out on one raid (together) and then just hang around partying. If you're going to spend a buttload of money for the 2 most celebrated soldiers/assasins in your world, wouldn't you have something for them to do? Recruit and train an army? Sack a few villages? Assassinate a rival? The other thing that made no sense to me was that no one told Rodrigo that his boys had been taken. I would have thought he would have had someone in place to watch and report to him about his family, but even barring that, why didn't his wife send word? I didn't get it.I know it sounds like I hated it, but really, it's a fun read. It was just a romance, and once I accepted that I enjoyed it on its own terms. The plot was diverting, there were some nice action scenes, and the world-building was solid. But I didn't really connect with the characters and I wasn't particularly moved.
Clurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It takes rather a lot for a book to move me to tears. This book did it. Twice. What's more, Kay's masterful fantasizing of European history is intelligent, engaging and very well done.
elmyra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I have read Guy Gavriel Kay's "The Lions of Al-Rassan". (I even have the sneaky suspicion that I have already reviewed it somewhere.) I was surprised as how much of the plot I still remembered from my first reading of the book, at least five years back now. I did still remember the ending, the careful, clever way it was constructed to leave the reader in the dark as to who of the two main characters had died for the course of about ten pages. I did also still remember the outcome of those ten pages. It speaks for Kay's mastery over his craft that, despite my knowledge of all this, he still made me cry. Kay is notorious for the vast numbers of main and supporting characters he uses in his novels. Nevertheless, he manages to make the reader sympathise and identify with, and to some extent even love, each and every one of them. "The Lions of Al-Rassan", set in a fantasy world conspicuously similar to medieval Spain with its Jaddites (Christians), Asharites (Muslim Arabs), and Kindath (Jews), begins by following the Kindath physician Jehane bet Ishak through what turns out not to be a perfectly normal day at the market. It is here, at the outset, that Kay lets us know that had Jehane made a different decision at that moment, she would have had a very different life. "Better or worse?" Jehane reflects. "No man or woman could answer that. The winds blew, bringing rain, yes, but sometimes also sweeping away the low, obscuring clouds to allow the flourishes of sunrise or sunset seen from a high place, or those bright, hard, clear nights when the blue moon and the white seemed to ride like queens across a sky strewn with stars in glittering array." Thus, as if entirely by chance, Jehane's life becomes entwined with those of the great of her world: Ammar ibn Khairan, the notorious Asharite poet, soldier and diplomat; Rodrigo Belmonte, the Jaddite Captain known as the Scourge of Al-Rassan; the Jaddite kind Ramiro of Valledo; the Asharite kind Badir of Ragosa and his Kindath chancellor Mazur ben Avren. As she is forced to flee from her native city of Fezana, Jehane takes up a post as court physician to Badir of Ragosa. She is soon joined there by Ammar ibn Khairan and Rodrigo Belmonte, both exiled with reluctance by their respective kings in a time where the power balance between Jaddites and Asharites in the peninsula is about to tip. Looking at the enchanting world of Al-Rassan through the eyes of Jehane, Rodrigo, Ammar and Alvar de Pellino - a soldier in Rodrigo's company - Kay lets us see the powers in this world slowly shift as of pieces are moved over a chess board, until a final confrontation - between Jad and Ashar, between Ammar and Rodrigo - becomes inevitable. Trapped between these overwhelming forces is the beauty and civilisation of Al-Rassan, about to be overrun by the Jaddites hungry for the reconquest of their peninsula or the equally fanatical Muwardi soldiers, eager to restore the true faith of Ashar to decadent Al-Rassan. Trapped, too, is any love or friendship that might grow between people of different faiths and cultures in a time of shifting allegiances when it may be easier to forget that the other is human and see him as an infidel instead. Kay's writing is truly masterful, and he knows this. Occasionally, the cynical and skillful reader may pick up on the more manipulative elements of the style: the present tense used with extreme caution and to astonishing effect only once in the entire novel; the author's habit to kill off characters leaving their identity a mystery for up to a chapter. Sometimes this style may appear just a notch too polished. Nevertheless, Kay is quickly forgiven for such displays of cleverness, as his writing finds ever new ways to touch raw emotion, to put a finger on the reader's heart and slowly increase the pressure, until it becomes almost unbearable; to release just at the right moment, only to renew the torment a few pages later. As empires rise and fall, as pe
thewriteralau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know if it means anything, but this is the book that I stayed up late reading the night of 9/10/01. I woke up the next morning to find that the world had changed forever. You know how you'll always remember certain books for certain periods of your life? This one would have stayed with me anyways, but I'll always remember this one.
pastapril on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another fine Kay novel. The story was far-reaching and engrossing, although sometimes some of the names got confused in my head and I forgot who a character was after 200 pages of not seeing him/her. Those were my only real qualms with the book.
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History has condemned Ammar to the role of monstrous butcher as he betrayed an inept monarch by killing him and brought to the Al-Rassan throne a stronger but abusively insane king. Though hated by everyone even the person he put in charge, Ammar will do anything to save his beloved country. As he did once before, he plans to correct his mistake with the same deadly precise solution................. Dr. Jehane is a physician just like her father, who had to choose between his life by bowing to his cruel ruler or his oath. His daughter has doubts that a physician can adhere to their oath to heal while kneeling to the savagery of the monarch. She plans to break her oath by killing the killer of her father................. Rodrigo is a great swordsman recognized by everyone as a hero for his loyalty to the deposed ruler. Since heroes cannot expeditiously be royally killed, he was exiled by the new king. His beloved wife and his children remained behind in Al-Rassan. He wants to come home to see his woman one more time, which means he must bow to the ruler.............. Three individuals from different walks of life impacted by the same pivotal moment are coming together perhaps at another focal point.................... This is a reprint of a classic mid 1990s tale that fictionalizes the fall of Moorish Spain. The three superb main characters struggle with the past and present and have no hope for the future while the support cast brings the era to life. The story line remains powerful and insightful while also entertaining readers with an extraordinary historical fiction thriller that transports audience back to the twelfth or thirteenth century........... Harriet Klausner
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