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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy Gavriel Kay Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781436244251
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza Eggert | 1/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it at the beginning, but once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bertport | 12/28/2013

    " Uff. Maybe I'm done with the fantasy genre, aside from Ursula LeGuin. This book just dragged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/22/2013

    " Such a great book. I love how you get so much character depth, you know their story and why they are the way they are. There was so much going on, but you don't get lost in between character's stories. I would definitely recommend this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Funderburg | 12/19/2013

    " Beautiful book. I finally found a thinking person's fantasy novel (and it's stand-alone, which makes it even better!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angrymal | 10/28/2013

    " Kay is overrated, this story is mediocre at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Martin | 10/24/2013

    " A slow plot containing complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/30/2013

    " this is a good book, but i hate the ending! It really left me feeing unsatisfied! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa Cascade | 12/26/2012

    " Recommended by a friend. Looks like one I can get lost in. Let you know more when I've read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley Pillow | 10/31/2012

    " Very good! Interesting characters, interesting story. A bit wordy sometimes, but the words are good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Bayes | 9/22/2012

    " An amazing tale of people and the world they inhabit few authors can create such a believable functioning world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belleofthebrawl | 4/11/2012

    " This is my favorite Kay book. Kay's books are great because although they are fantasy they are more like Tolkien, in that they have deep "historical" references. His writting style is amazing as well, simple but beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yogi | 1/14/2012

    " This books is incredibly well crafted. The plot, themes, characters, everything... everything is done exquisitely. This being only the second book I've read by Guy Gavriel Kay, I can say without any hesitation that I look forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine Me | 10/14/2011

    " I was on the verge of not finishing this book, I'm glad I did though, the end was worth it :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kjirsten | 6/14/2011

    " The only people that can hear the name Tigana spoken are those who are from this county that no longer exists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Simone | 5/19/2011

    " This is wonderful if you're not expecting epic romance. While there is a fair bit of true love, the story focuses on the aftermath of the utter destruction of country and how those that survived bring it back. It has a sweeping plot line, real characters with flaws and dreams, and epic action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veach | 4/27/2011

    " A great epic tale encompassing many themes within one volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordon | 4/25/2011

    " Tigana was a great read. I found it different to most other fantasies, possibly because it had a real renaissance feel. Kay could really write, which is what I like most in any book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 4/11/2011

    " Outstanding Kay novel, nearly as rapturous as the Fionavar Tapestry. Read it years ago, should get it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William | 3/20/2011

    " It did not live up to the hype, and maybe no book could.

    The uneven pace just kills it.

    The spots where it slows to a crawl are just tedious.

    A celebration of victimhood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angrymal | 3/13/2011

    " Kay is overrated, this story is mediocre at best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 3/9/2011

    " GREAT book, more fantasy than sci-fi, but its not your riding flying dragons kind of book. The storytelling as top notch. I highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/12/2011

    " I would give this book 3.5 Stars

    I enjoyed this authors writing style and also the story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JennyB | 2/9/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all-time! "

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About the Author
Author Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally bestselling author of numerous novels. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in fantasy literature, as well as the World Fantasy Award in 2008. A two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and his works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.