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The Lions of al-Rassan

af Guy Gavriel Kay

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Et rige er gået i opløsning og to militære ledere fra hver sin religiøse fraktion står overfor hinanden. En kvindelig læge, som spiller en væsentlig rolle, mens en hellig krig nærmer sig, står imellem dem..
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A terrific adventure in a fantasy version of medieval Spain with lots of intrigue and violence. The main characters are brought together in a rather unlikely way, and become friends before being torn apart by the religious conflict. I didn't really buy the romance aspects, but there were a lot of terrific scenes, and I enjoyed the politics and other relationships between the characters. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
Beautifully done historical fantasy. Characters are heroic but not so heroic that they are completely unreal. ( )
  MerylA | Jan 22, 2024 |
One could be forgiven for mistaking Kay’s novels for historical fiction: they are meticulously researched, and offer the immersive believability rendered by skilled practitioners of the more traditional craft. The Lions of Al-Rassan delivers a satisfying fictionalization of the Reconquista - the difficulties with that term notwithstanding - during the period of El Cid set in a fictional Iberia of the 11th century. In a convincing portrayal, Kay restores the culture, architecture and politics of late al-Andalus, replete with characters who could have been a part. And romance, no, let’s not overlook the romance.

The novel is almost three decades old now. There were moments where I was shaken out of my reading engagement by a discovery. The intervening years have altered the experience of the book at least in a small way. Let me explain.

Why is it that Kay writes historical fantasy rather than historical fiction? The fantasy elements in his works are generally small ones, just enough to inform the reader that while the events may feel like the past of our own world, that is not actually the case. This world has two moons, not one. And a boy with some special knowledge, not particularly crucial to the plot.

Kay loves the description of his work as “history with a quarter-turn to the fantastic”. He has said he does this quarter-turn because he doesn’t like using real lives for his fiction. To The Guardian he said, “I’ve been calling it an epidemic of co-opting real lives, to do whatever we want to do with them. And as an artist, for my own process, I have a problem with this…..I’m happier not pretending I know anything about El Cid in Spain,” he says. “He’s a Spanish national hero. I’d rather invent a character inspired by him but clearly not identical to him. And then I feel liberated creatively. I steep myself in a period and then I twist it just that little bit to give myself the ethical and creative space that seems to work for me.”

Kay does his research and delivers fulfilling worldbuilding, but he is free to make things up, to get things wrong, to play with the history as he wishes. So why was I was periodically jolted from my reading? Memories of Salman Rushdie. Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa in 1989, the year after the publication of The Satanic Verses. Rushdie’s book is often called magical realism; apparently the realism was insufficiently magical. In the decades since the publication of The Lions of Al-Rassan and its narrative of the ending of Muslim rule in Spain, this thread of intolerance has not appreciably diminished. In numerous attentional interludes, I considered the safety of two moons and an alternate universe. What an affront to the imagination that such machinations may offer actual physical safety!

I like Kay’s work very much. This novel has a poignant beauty, as sympathetic characters committed to their loves, their people, their religions, teeter toward the inexorable end of a vanishing world.
  stellarexplorer | Dec 27, 2023 |
A historical fantasy look at medieval Spain, before it was unified into one country. There are 3 protagonists, from different walks of life, that befriend each other despite each other's differences. I felt the story was wonderful and the characters very interesting. It is written really well, with parts of the book creating just a large mystery that makes you unable to put the book down. I highly recommend the book. ( )
  renbedell | Apr 24, 2023 |
This is the last (as far as I know) in the (sort of) series (not really) that begins with the Sarantium books in the alternate Europe from say, 800 AD to . . . 1400-ish? It's an alternate historical Earth so, I can't even say what events might or might not correlate with our own, only that they feel strangely possible, should this or that have taken different turns. The story focuses in the peninsula (where are our Spain and Portugal) España (northern third) and Al-Rassan (the rest) here. The last Khailif of Al-Rassan was murdered more than a decade earlier and the cities in both Al-Rassan and España have splintered into smaller kingdoms and city states. There is weakness to exploit. The story is complex -- but -- the essence is that these are the final days and all hangs in the balance, will the Asharites from across the Mediterranean recover the peninsula or will someone emerge from España determined enough to wrest the whole 'back' into what had once been all theirs before Al-Rassan? Three men and a woman emerge as the pivotal characters. One a young Jaddite Horseman, one a woman, Kindath, a doctor, the other two--the most important--are respectively the unparalleled military leaders, one Jaddite, the other an Asharite. All of them quickly become people (as well as a lesser but equally intense set of characters orbiting around them) you will care about. But this is the story of the end of an era, and while perhaps the start of something new and bright, that is not the focus which is centered on the rapid fall after a long decline of a kingdom which had probably been vulnerable without strong leadership. Definitely a three-hankie ending, my friends, but worth the effort. I hope to have the opportunity to reread the whole group of books. ****1/2 ( )
  sibylline | Mar 22, 2023 |
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