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Tigana (Paperback)

Author:  Guy Gavriel Kay
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0451457765
ISBN-13: 9780451457769
Sku: 30532439
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.5T
Pages:  688
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Both moons were high, dimming the light of all but the brightest stars. The campfires burned on either side of the river, stretching away into the night. Quietly flowing, the Deisa caught the moonlight and the orange of the nearer fires and cast them back in wavery, sinuous ripples. And all the lines of light led to his eyes, to where he was sitting on the riverbank, hands about his knees, thinking about dying and the life he'd lived. (from the first line)
With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the fantasy classic again offers readers a sweeping tale of magic, sorcery, war, passion, and betrayal. Reissue. *Author: Kay, Guy Gavriel *Publication Date: 1999/12/01 *Number of Pages: 676 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the fantasy classic again offers readers a sweeping tale of magic, sorcery, war, passion, and betrayal. Reissue.
After completing the FIONAVAR TAPESTRY trilogy, which showed the influence of a variety of Celtic and Norse myths, Guy Gavriel Kay began writing epic historical fantasies. Although magic is generally present to some extent and the books do take place on a variety of fantasy worlds, these later novels tend to be inspired by actual historical events. The first of these fantasies, TIGANA, is based on the politics and culture of the continually warring Renaissance Italian city-states. Of the nine provinces of the Palm, Tigana was the proudest of them all. That was before the two Sorcerer-Tyrants, Brandin of Ygrath and Alberico of Barbadior, conquered all nine. And when the Prince of Tigana killed Brandin's son in battle, Brandin exacted a terrible revenge: he cast a spell that caused the name of Tigana to be utterly forgotten and unable to be heard by any non-Tiganese. Nearly 20 years later, the Prince's son has gathered a small, secret band of followers, and initiated a delicate maneuvering of events intended to free the Palm from the invaders and to regain Tigana's name. Independently of this group, the Tiganese woman Dianora has embarked upon her own plot of vengeance against Brandin, but her scheming goes awry when she falls in love with him.
Author Bio
Guy Gavriel Kay
Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian fantasy writer whose rich, detailed work is based on a solidly researched foundation of history and folklore. After receiving his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Manitoba, he spent a year in Oxford (1974-1975) at the invitation of Christopher Tolkien, son and literary executor of J.R.R. Tolkien. Kay assisted Christopher Tolkien in editing THE SILMARILLION, a major work left incomplete by the elder Tolkien's death.|Kay then returned to Canada, where he earned a law degree from the University of Toronto in 1978, and was admitted to the bar in 1982. Although Kay never practiced law professionally, he used his knowledge when he wrote for THE SCALES OF JUSTICE, a CBC radio show dramatizing real legal cases. He has subsequently written for TV and film.|Kay's first solo work of epic fantasy was THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY, a trilogy consisting of THE SUMMER TREE (1985), THE WANDERING FIRE (1986), and THE DARKEST ROAD (1986). The story recounts the adventures of five contemporary Canadian students who travel to the world of Fionavar, and become instrumental in saving that world from evil, and, in consequence, rescue our own world. That's because Fionavar is the first world, and closest to the realm of the true gods; therefore, everything that happens in Fionavar is reflected in all the other worlds. Every novel subsequent to THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY, wherever they take place, contains a small reference to Fionavar. |His other novels are fantasy reinterpretations of historic and mythic cultures. For example, TIGANA (1990), his first standalone novel, was inspired by the city-states of Renaissance Italy; A SONG FOR ARBONNE (1992), by the French troubadour culture; THE LIONS OF AL-RASSAN (1995), Moorish Spain--more specifically, on the legend of El Cid; and his two-book THE SARANTINE MOSAIC (1999 and 2000), on events from the reign of Byzantine rulers Justinian and Theodora.


Kirkus Reviews
"Kay has spun a richly sensuous fantasy world, full of evocative history, religions, folklore, local customs, and magical rites....A bravura performance, nearly impossible to put down unfinished anywhere in the last 300 pages." (starred review) 08/15/1990

Publishers Weekly
"...Kay's brilliant and complex portrayal of good and evil, high and low, will draw readers to this consuming epic." 1990

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0688
Product attributePublisher:   Roc
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