The Lions of Al-Rassan

Kay, Guy Gavriel

Book - 1995
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lions of Al-Rassan
Baker & Taylor
A sweeping epic of Renaissance Spain is culled from the legends of El Cid and follows a time of tumultous change, strife, heroism, political intrigue, war, and courtly delights. By the author of A Song for Arbonne.

Blackwell North Amer
The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, worshipping the stars, their warrior blood fierce and pure. But over the centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, that 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, adding city after city to his realm. Cartada is threatened by forces both within and without. However, rival kings and outlaws, fanatical religious leaders, and the conquered Jaddites of the far north, are as eager to destroy each other as to regain the country they have lost, for their sun-god.
In a magnificent setting, hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply moving story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake - or destroy - a world.

& Taylor

An epic of Renaissance Spain is culled from the legends of El Cid and follows a time of tumultuous change, strife, heroism, political intrigue, war, and courtly delights

Publisher: New York : HarperPrism, 1995
ISBN: 0061052175
Characteristics: 510 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 31, 2013
  • shizuku_san rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! Fascinating characters, very suspenseful, and details that evoke the sights, sounds, and smells of the world he's describing. Love, honor, faith, decadence, murder, revenge, cutting-edge medieval medical miracles... this book has it all.

One thing I noticed, though, was that even though the main character is a woman, and there are a number of other "strong" female characters, this book still doesn't pass the Bechdel test.

Mar 23, 2011
  • bibliophage91 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Makes me cry every time. My favourite book by my favourite author. It has everything - drama, sword-fights, romance, tragedy, history, irony, beautiful BEAUTIFUL writing. Read this book!

Mar 08, 2011
  • Zentjo10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a great book! One Kay's best! The characters were beautiful; I cared for them throughout. And he drew the tension and suspense of the end through past the last page into the epilogue. WOW!

Dec 22, 2009
  • Ian_McKinley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully crafted, with characters that lift off the page to become genuine actors in a sweeping saga that pits peoples and cultures against each other while throwing individuals from these cultures into a complicated maelstrom of human interaction.

It is one of my favourite books.


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Jun 25, 2009
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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