I recently reread this book and I found it as evocative as ever. It's somewhere in Kay's top three books along with The Lions of Al-Rassan and Tigana for me.
My favourite of Guy Gavriel Kay's books. Combines the arts, adventure and memorable characters.
Beautiful fantasy based on extensive research into the history of Languedoc/Aquitaine/Provence. The main characters remain in your mind and heart after the reading -- they are complex, breathing creations.
A great book while we are "waiting for Westeros."
Song for Arbonne is a story about the clash of two religions, with the underlying theme of sexism. It's a powerful book, with real, unstereotyped characters and breathtaking description.
The beginning of the book is slow, and the time gap between the prologue and the actual beginning is confusing, but once you begin to understand the connection between the events of the prologue and the events of the current time, the book really begins to roll. At its simplest, A Song for Arbonne is the tale of the impending war between Arbonne, a country ruled from the courts of love by a woman, and Gorhaut, a fire-and-sword warrior country. Arbonne is a lush, fertile land near the sea, and its people revere music and the Goddess Rian. In Gorhaut, the God Corannos and war are the only considerations. Gorhaut wishes to stamp out woman-loving Arbonne, but a potential heir to the throne of Gorhaut is living in Arbonne. How Blaise, son of the religious leader of Gorhaut, comes to lead Arbonne against the onslaught of the Gorhautians is a rich, intricate tale, full of subplots.
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