A Song for Arbonne

A Song for Arbonne


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From the critically-acclaimed author of The Fionavar Tapestry comes an epic fantasy novel of love, both courtly and forbidden, and two kingdoms endlessly opposed...

Blaise of Gorhaut is a warrior. He fought for his king and country, until the king died with an arrow in his eye at the battle of Iersen Bridge, and a dishonorable treaty ceded a good part of his country to foreign hands. He has broken relations with his father, adviser to the king of Gorhaut, and abandoned the use of his family name.
Now, Blaise is a mercenary. He never expected to work for the lords of Arbonne, the warm, fertile lands south of Gorhaut, whose people praise the love of women—they even worship a goddess, instead of the god. They are a soft people, or so he thought. But for all their nonsense about love, their troubadours and songs, they will fight for their country, when invasion comes from the north.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451458971
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 272,065
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of numerous fantasy novels including The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, The Last Light of the Sun, Under HeavenRiver of Stars, and Children of Earth and Sky. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

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Song for Arbonne 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted so much to like this book better than I did. I thought the characters were flat, there was hardly any plot, and what plot there was was very predictable. Perhaps I'll try another Kay novel since everyone seems to love him so much and I'm a big fantasy fan. We'll see.
bluerose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
GGK is in my top 3 Fave authors, and this book is one of the reasons. I love all his other books that I have read to a certain extent and for different reasons, but this book has something special about it.I adore this story (in fact writing this reminds me I havent read it in a while and should do a reread), although oddly enough its pretty much the only book of his that doesn't make me cry at the end.Summary:Arbonne is the country in the sun, country of wine, women, courtly love and above all, music. But it is a country divided by hatred between its two strongest counts. Gorhaut, country to the north, is a country of war, and cold and snow, and cruelty and rigidity. The two are polar opposites, but the young king of Gorhaut wants the weak country to the south to expand into.Blaise is a warrior son of Gorhaut, disenfranchised by a divisive battle that saw Gorhaut lose a great deal of land to another neighbour in battle. He comes to Arbonne to escape, and expects a country of softness and women.Instead he finds friendship, culture, politics, men of integrity, and women of stature, and ultimately, his future.
abatishko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains a great story. Unfortunately for me (and the primary reason for the reduced rating) I had a real hard time keeping names straight. Even two thirds of the way through I'd hit a character that hadn't been mentioned in a while and I'd be confused as to exactly who that person was. This problem made the start of the book very difficult to get through.Fortunately I was able to push on, and was glad I did. Kay has a talent for good descriptive writing, and presents a plot that is interesting. The book does leave you wanting more; not because the story is left unfinished, but you want to see what happens next in peoples lives.This is definitely a book about the relationships between people, but with a good amount of action, intrigue, and various twists thrown in. (3.5/5)
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty common fare, as we have come to expect from Kay, who solidifies the genre more than pushes it or explores new directions. A nice enough work, but not worth crossing the street for.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm still a little unsure of how I felt about this book. Initially, I found it lacking in comparison to Lord of Emperors, my favourite work by Kay; however, once I was able to put aside my biases, I found that I enjoyed it on its own merits. The world is nicely drawn; I found it easy to slip into and become involved with. The musical theme carries through very well. The characters are individual and relatable. There were moments when the book was a pure pleasure to read.And yet, I really felt that I wanted a bit more depth to it all. It seemed, at times, as though Kay was only skimming the surface. I wanted a few more telling moments, scenes that opened the story up and allowed the reader to really dive into what was going on underneath it all. I liked the characters, but I wanted more insight into them. I wished that certain revelations had been built up a bit more, with a few more clues planted early on. I can see some of the groundwork Kay laid, but I don't think it's as masterfully done here as in some of his other novels.But despite all this, I found it quite satisfying overall and was sorry to see it end. I think this is one of those books that I'll enjoy much more the second time through, when I know what's coming and have some prior knowledge of the characters.
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ZL_english_class More than 1 year ago
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!!