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Bookends About Tigana

Title: Tigana
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary:  I was very close to giving this a five-star, gushy review.  The plot is clever and thought-provoking and the characters have a lot of depth, but I just didn’t find the ending very satisfying.

Like Hyperion (which, having read the sequel, I’ve retroactively makde a 5 star book), this book was selected by the Sword and Laser group on goodreads, has been nominated for several awards, and was exceptionally well written.   Tigana is about a world similar to 16th century Italy, with many warring provinces.  In this world, eight of the nine provinces have been conquered by two foreign sorcerers.  In revenge for the death of his son one of these sorcerers has obliterated one province entirely, casting a spell that prevents anyone not originally from that province from even remembering its’ real name – Tigana.  The book focuses on efforts, lead by people from Tigana, to remove the two sorcerers without allowing either of them to grab control of all the provinces. Continue reading

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