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The Lions of Al-Rassan

Kay, Guy Gavriel

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lions of Al-Rassan
Military leaders Rodrigo Belmonte and Ammar ibn Khairan, both exiled from their countries, form a bond that is tested by opposing political forces and the female physician, Jehane, who loves them both.
Publisher: New York : Eos, 2005, c1995
Edition: 1st Eos trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780060733490
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Characteristics: 504 p. : ill. ; 21 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
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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