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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.
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GUY GAVRIEL KAY is an international 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, a #1 bestseller in Canada. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
Visit his Canadian website at www.guygavrielkay.ca and his authorized international website at www.brightweavings.com.
Knights,honour,glory, unfrequented love. A true tale. A again Guy leads us along a long and winding road. Very, very good.Published 8 months ago by Michael's Kindle
As always since the Fionovar Tapestry, GG Kay writes thinly disguised history with a touch of magic. Or, you might say fantasy in a parallel universe close to our own. Read morePublished on April 13 2011 by Brian Ashe
I'm a Kay fan in general, and enjoy all of his work, particularly his books that contain an alternate vision of history. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2008 by Jack Blatant
This book definately had good aspects to it .It had a good deal of cultural development,much character development as well,very intrigueing plot ,but there were a couple things... Read morePublished on April 24 2003 by Andrew Plimpton
The beginning was a little slow, and the names were difficult at first for me. However, this is a great book. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Reviewer