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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy Gavriel Kay Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Guy Gavriel Kay] creates a brilliant single-volume epic fantasy, rich in intrigue and subtlety. Memorable characters and cultures add depth to a gracefully plotted story.”

    Library Journal

  • A 1991 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 1991 Mythopoeic Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marsha Wilcox | 2/11/2014

    " Very well written. A very different ending than I envisioned. All the characters are people, with real feelings, misgivings, regrets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike Ratner | 2/7/2014

    " "Tigana" is a complex historical novel with fantastical overtones, which adorn the story but do not alter it in any significant way - I felt that this novel would work just as well if it was simply set in late medieval Italy without any fantasy elements. Like a large orchestral piece of music, this novel builds a large and evolving tapestry of characters and themes, changes tempo and mood throughout and reaches crescendo in the finale. As with other GGK's works, the haunting beauty of the language is what carries the reader through the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shawna | 1/27/2014

    " I always enjoy Guy Gavriel Kay, although I prefer his books that have a stronger historical component. Tigana has some great characters, in particular Dianora and Sandre.Dianora's narrative is almost completely separate from the rest of the book, yet that is that part of the book that I remembered the most years after I first read it. I think it is because she is faced with such an impossible choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick | 1/22/2014

    " Writing good fantasy is tough, writing anything good is tough, but I think Kay is one of the few fantasy authors I've ready that really strikes the middle. Usually I get recommendations for authors who are compared to Tolkien and then their books turn out to be useful primarily for kindling. Kay, however, does not sink into the nether of trashy sci-fi or worn out magic. Instead, Tigana has its own charm and originality. He's not the best writer our there, but he can deliver a good story, with twists and turns that are simultaneously predictable and surprising. In any event he's fun to read, although I wouldn't put him in the same class as Patrick Rothfuss or Paolo Bacigalupi. If you need a new fantasy book and don't want to be crushed by the same ole same ole, then pick this guy up and enjoy his world. "

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