Doc Tigana While reading this book over the past month I thought a lot about the differences between youth and adulthood bet
Doc Tigana While reading this book over the past month, I thought a lot about the differences between youth and adulthood, between young beliefs and mature ones. And I think that maybe our youth is the only time that we can hold simple, firm convictions. Maybe it’s the only time that it’s possible to believe completely that love will conquer all, or that there are good guys and bad guys, or that if we try hard enough, we can achieve anything we dream about. In our youth, we can say things like, “I would never…” and feel completely certain that it’s true. I think that a lot of maturing into an adult involves being proven painfully wrong, again and again.I feel like I lost a bit of my youth while reading this book. Don’t get me wrong; I loved it. It’s going on my favorites shelf and I’ll probably re-read it dozens of times. But I hate it a little bit too, because it has now rendered so many of my favorite fantasy novels (some that I used to even consider grey and nuanced) flat and simplistic by comparison. This is the most adult fantasy novel I’ve ever read. And I don’t just mean that in the sense that it contains sex, violence, and heads exploding like rotten fruit. I mean that in the sense that nothing in this book is black and white, nothing is simple, nothing is held sacred. Fantasy used to be a genre where I could sometimes comfortably escape into a few simple ideals, but this book has proven to me that even a fantasy novel can be gritty and realistic. And now I feel like nothing less will do.If this were a typical fantasy, it would be about a rag-tag band of comrades coming together to make a long journey and reclaim their home from the curse of some distant, evil goliath. The foes battled along the way would be disposable creatures – orcs, giants, spiders, dragons – beings that are murdered with little compunction. The final battle would end in a massive celebration and all would be right with the world.But this is not a typical fantasy. This book is about an entire generation robbed of its very identity. It’s about the children born to the losing side of a great war, and the terrible legacy that they must bear. It’s about collateral damage – not just faceless creatures, but people with homes and families, friends, the one you love, yourself. It's about how a fight for peace can necessitate horrible violence. It’s about the never-ending nature of war. It’s about this:“The lesson of her days, Dianora thought, was simply this: that love was not enough. Whatever the songs of the troubadours might say. Whatever hope it might seem to offer, love was simply not enough to bridge the chasm in her world.”And this:“’The land is never truly dead. It can always come back. Or what is the meaning of the cycle of seasons and years?’ She wiped her tears away and looked at him. His expression in the darkness was much too sad for a moment such as this. She wished she knew a way to dispel that sorrow, and not only for tonight. He said, ‘That is mostly true, I suppose. Or true for the largest things. Smaller things can die. People, dreams, a home.’”And this:“He carried, like baggage, like a cart yoked to his shoulders, like a round stone in his heart, images of his people, their world destroyed, their name obliterated. Truly obliterated: a sound that was drifting, year by year, further away from the shores of the world of men, like some tide withdrawing in the grey hour of a winter dawn. Very like such a tide, but different as well, because tides came back.”The “heroes” are deeply flawed – capable of violence, enslavement, and the sacrifice of thousands of their own people in battle in the pursuit of their goal. The “villain” is a very grey character and in the end, is just a man. A man with too much power perhaps and too much grief, but still a man, capable of feeling great love and deserving of sympathy.The relationships are intense and heartbreaking and I wept ugly tears more than once. I love that we get to see the conflict through the eyes of the long-toiling Baerd and Alessan, but also through the eyes of the youthful and naively passionate Devin. And we get to see Devin mature in all the hardest ways possible:“Devin suddenly felt as if he could not bear it anymore. Alessan’s quiet acquiescence was as a final blow in his own heart. He felt torn open, wounded by the hard truths of the world, by the passing of things. He lowered his head to the windowsill and wept like a child in the presence of something too large for his capacity.”Dianora broke my heart the most though, with her systematic destruction of her own self, her own happiness, all in the name of this terrible legacy:”She stopped and looked down at the flowers, their fragile petals shaken by the breeze; but her thoughts were back with Brandin’s fairy tale of the far away princess born under summer stars, cradled on such flowers. She closed her eyes then, knowing that this would not do. And slowly, deliberately, searching out pain as a spur, a goad, she built up a mental image of her father riding away, and then of her mother, and then of Baerd among the soldiers in the square. When she opened her eyes to go on there were no fairy tales in her heart.”My one slight quibble is that I do feel like the author pulled his punches just a bit at the end there. (view spoiler)[I truly grieved, for both Dianora and Catriana. And to have them both come back (initially) – felt a little bit cheap. And to have everything become peaceful at the end also felt a bit cheap. But I did love the riselka. That pretty much saved the ending for me. (hide spoiler)]Obviously I loved the writing. If I could find a way to include five or six more quotes in this review, I probably would. His prose is powerful and lyrical and incredibly evocative. This is a real, heavy duty, dense, you’re-going-to-need-to-look-at-that-map kind of fantasy and I hesitate to recommend it to those who only enjoy the “lighter” fantasies. However, I think that if you enjoy capital F Fantasy even a little bit, this book is definitely not to be missed.Oh, okay. One more quote.“His intelligence stretched her to the limits, and then changed what those limits were.”. Tigana am Kindle Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered country struggling to be free It is the tale of a people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant king Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful home cannot be spoken or remembered But years after their homeland s devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous crusade to overthrow their coTigana is the magical story of a beleaguered country struggling to be free It is the tale of a people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant king Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful home cannot be spoken or remembered But years after their homeland s devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name Tigana.Against the magnificently realized background of a world both sensuous and brutal, this masterful epic of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision A spellbinding novel in which myth comes alive and magic reaches out to touch you.. Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian author of fantasy fiction Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, though the author himself has expressed a preference to shy away from genre categorization when possible.. Popular Ebook Tigana 4.5/5 StarsI have this belief that 90% of the time, standalone high fantasy just won’t satisfy me. I still stand by it, but Tigana luckily is not one of those cases. Memories and names, something that breathes life into the people and possessions we lost. Both of these can be summed up as the fabric of identity. Despite all the war, deaths, sex, hardships, betrayal, magic, deception, subterfuge, the main essence of Tigana is reclaiming your freedom, home, memories and the implication of holding on to the past.“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”Once you’ve read the author’s note, you’ll understand why this specific quote about destiny became even more impactful for me.I do have to remind you that this is a slow paced book. Throughout the entire book, the characters spent their time mostly talking and planning for their respective final purposes. The amounts of action that can be found here are also really low, with only two heavy action sequences IIRC, but believe me, this is for a good reason because the conclusion, the last two chapters were really well done, thrilling, and satisfying. For a standalone, the characters cast are quite huge and were explored properly. GGK did a great job in providing personality to the characters within the span of one book. However, for me, GGK’s main strength in this book will have to be in how he creates this sense of ambiguity and gray area for all the characters, both villain, and protagonists. One or two characters aside, I truly understand and can connect with their motivations and reasoning.The world building is superb, to say the least. Taking place in a place ravaged by two tyrants; Peninsula of the Palm is a great setting which reminds me a lot of Renaissance Italy. Do remember that this is a standalone book, GGK doesn’t have a lot of room to work on every element necessary to make this a great standalone but in my opinion, he did it wonderfully.This is due to the reasons I mentioned above, but mostly his prose. This is the first time I’ve read anything written by GGK and my god, I’m completely in love with his prose. It’s addictive, beautiful, elegant, enchanting, and never gets too flowery to read. Considering that this book was published in 1990, I envisioned he must’ve improved his prose with all his books after this one.There are however two minor cons I had with the book.I did feel bored during few chapters of the book, specifically almost all the POV that revolves around Dianora. No matter how many reasoning was given to this character, I just can’t bring myself to relate with her decisions. Also, I can never understand the romance and sex scenes in this book. They all happened abruptly and I don’t even know how person A can fall in love with person B and so on and so on. Luckily romances aren’t a big part of the book but when it happened, I can’t help but rolled my eyes.In the author’s note, GGK has explained his source of inspiration for the creation this novel and how he wanted it to be remembered, mostly on the importance and implication of memories. After reading Tigana and the note, I can’t disagree that he did what he set out to do magnificently. This is the first time I read any novels written by GGK, it certainly won’t be the last. Tigana is truly a great stand-alone that all fantasy fans must try. If all his other books are better than this, there is a chance GGK could be included in my lonely list of favorite authors.I also would like to thank my good friend, Celeste, who I'm buddy reading with and who gave me this book on my birthday last January. I received it without any knowledge about the book or the author, and I'm thankful she brought it to my attention. :)You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest
Tigana Tigana Anniversary Edition Kay, Guy Gavriel About the Author Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of numerous fantasy novels including The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, The Last Light of the Sun, Under Heaven, River of Stars, and Children of Earth and Sky. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once beautiful homeland cannot be spok Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, Paperback Barnes Noble Dec , Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered Tigana Anniversary Edition eBook Kay, Guy About the Author Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of numerous fantasy novels including The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, Tigana, The Last Light of the Sun, Under Heaven, River of Stars, and Children of Earth and Sky. Tigana Literature TV Tropes Tigana is a fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay It takes place in the Peninsula of the Palm, a Fantasy Counterpart Culture for medieval Italy Two foreign conquerors occupy the Peninsula Brandin, king of Ygrath, and Alberico of Barbadior They have carved up the land between them, and hold it in an uneasy balance of power.