Based on the troubadour culture that rose in Provence during the High Middle Ages, this panoramic, absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world.The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is rent by a feud between its two most powerful dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long dead Aelis, lover of one, wifeBased on the troubadour culture that rose in Provence during the High Middle Ages, this panoramic, absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world.The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is rent by a feud between its two most powerful dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long dead Aelis, lover of one, wife of the other and once heir to the country s throne.To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose inhabitants worship the militant god Corannos and are ruled by corrupt, womanizing King Ademar His chief advisor, the high priest of Corannos, is determined to irradicate the worship of a female deity, whose followers live to the south.Into this cauldron of brewing disaster comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes service with Bertran and averts an attempt on his life The revelation of Blaise s lineage and a claim for sanctuary by his sister in law sets the stage for a brutal clash between the two cultures Intertwined is the tale of a young woman troubadour whose role suggests the sweep of the drama to come.
A Song for Arbonne Based on the troubadour culture that rose in Provence during the High Middle Ages this panoramic absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world The matriarchal cultu
I am in awe This might be the best book I ve read this year It might be one of the best books I ve ever read.If you like epics, this is for you Romance, intrigue, artistic expression, mystery, combat scenes, sex, violence, passion, compassion, bitter revenge, redemption It s all here.This book was what makes fantasy great It is what makes historical fiction great A perfect blend of the two, with very human elements there to give life to the characters The reader is constantly on the edge of his [...]
4.75 A Buddy Read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group, because we love G G Kay Have you ever read a book and felt completely inadequate to write a review for it Not that the book was that overwhelming in scope or plot lines, nor because it tackled some deep philosophical issues whose gravity would be impossible to put in several paragraphs The ineptitude I find myself in, is because this is the forth book written by Kay I have read in the last couple of months and with each volume I become and [...]
Insert rant about the many reasons why I really like a lot of Kay s early work here.
Artisans, it seems, are very important for Kay Tigana had musicians, Sarantine duology a mosaicist as the main protagonist, in Arbonne, fashioned after the medieval Provence and Occitania, troubadours are in the middle of things along with joglars and trobairitz, that is female performers With them, the ideals of court love, gallantry, poetry, tournaments, knights and dames and all the associated drama constitutes a backbone of this novel To give you a proper context Dante Alighieri saw the love [...]
Guy Gavriel Kay molds characters from ideas and a splash of his imagination, shapes them with delicate letters and beautiful words, and then he breathes life into them with his pen And they become real, almost Then he creates a world, based on our own, a world so beautiful yet so cruel, rare but typical, charming from afar but revolting at a closer inspection Then he releases all of those characters into this newly crafted world, and let them roam the fields and populate the emptiness, and so th [...]
My fourth book by GGK and once again I liked the the world, story and the characters created by him This is a beautiful story of love, loyalty, honor, family, courage, sacrifice, betrayal and survival First I must confess I was not impressed in first five chapters but after that I was unable to put it down It took me a little time to understand the plot Arbonne a land famous for its troubadours which is ruled by a woman and worship a goddess Their passion for their country is remarkable It is a [...]
Two countries, two deities Arbonne Southerly, warm, goddess worshipping, and filled with songs of love Gorhaut Northern, harsh, god worshipping, and ruled by a cruel and twisted king They couldn t seem different Blaise de Garsenc has a foot in both lands A younger son noble of Gorhaut, he has come to Arbonne to work as a mercenary coran As the two countries come closer to war with one another, he begins to recognize a disturbing parallel between them Each has internal rivalries that threaten th [...]
This book is like a nice painting splattered with mud It s a great story intrigue, war, love, mystery, politics, tension, regret, impending doom, death, surprises, clear good guys, clear bad guys, and some you aren t sure about And the setting is nice if you like traditional fantasy of the medieval Renaissance style swords and nobles than magic and monsters I enjoyed it But the author threw up a lot of unnecessary chaff between me and my enjoyment of the story It wasn t enough to ruin it, but w [...]
Pure poetry A tale of undiluted love on both an epic and a personal scale A tale of pride, regret and music Of courtly love and the hard game of nations Of family, hatred, war and betrayal Of ambition and endless longing Of the timeless seasons of one s own homeland A tale of men and women.Kay works his magic with emphatic brilliance and exquisite execution, regaling us with a thought provoking story of beauty and suspense.There were ripples to events, and they went a long way sometimes across t [...]
I can understand people who don t like Guy Gavriel Kay s work I think I ve said it before, but there are definite quirks of style, ways he plots and deals with characters, that can drive even me mad in the wrong mood which is why I first picked this up to reread in April, and now it s November when I ve finally finished I do love most of Kay s work when I m in the right mood, though, and A Song for Arbonne is additionally up my street because of the Court of Love, the troubadours, all the stuff [...]
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Blaise, a sellsword from Gorhaut a violent and chauvinistic northern country , has moved to the warmer country of Arbonne Blaise doesn t have much appreciation or tolerance for Arbonne s womanly culture which is highly influenced by the Court of Love He also doesn t have much hope that Arbonne which values singers over soldiers, and troubadours over troops will put up much of a fight if Gorhaut decides to try to eradicate Arbonne s goddess worship But what [...]
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This was my first Guy Gavriel Kay, and I was not disappointed I would recommend this book for any fans of emotional, historical epics There s really not too much fantasy here, besides that the story takes place in a fictional world with two moons This story centers around Gorhaut, a God worshipping, male dominated nation that recently went through an upheaval in leadership, and Arbonne, it s neighbor Arbonne is a Goddess worshipping nation in which troubadours are greatly admired and women hold [...]
How I found this book is a story in itself A few years ago I was living in what basically amounted to a boarding university not merely a dorm, but all the restrictions you d expect at a closed campus boarding school somewhere in North England The guy living next door, who impressed me before only with the incredible number of days he could go without showering, unexpectedly impressed me with his reading materials In a burst of gratitude that I helped him figure out how to play something on an ol [...]
Superb in all aspects A literary gem
A Song For Arbonne is a lyrical portrayal of one tumultuous year in Arbonne, as its peace loving people aristocracy, mercenaries, troubadours, priests and priestesses deal with the threat of invasion from their war hungry neighbors to the north.Much to my astonishment, some folks don t enjoy the works of Guy Kay as much as I do That said, the overall ratings for A Song For Arbonne is well above four, which puts it in pretty rarified territory Even the negative reviews of Kay usually agree that t [...]
Buddy Read with the Kay Squad at FBR.
Que livro Se Tigana tinha sido uma experi ncia muito boa com o autor, A Song for Arbonne cravou o nome de Guy Gavriel Kay naquela lista de Autores que eu preciso ler absolutamente TUDO que eles publicaram na vida.O livro como um todo foi emocionante, os personagens s o muito marcantes, apesar de talvez no inicio ser poss vel ficar meio perdido, quando voc se familiariza com todos, a hist ria flui de uma forma muito gostosa At os vil es, que s o totalmente odi veis, no final voc fica Como ele con [...]
Lyrical prose developed characters but not enough happening Not enough wonder or plot it s like a Historical epic I never liked any of his characters and he meanders too much on the prose for my tastes a lot of people love him though if you loved LOTR then you may very well like this one while I can appreciate his style, he isn t for me if his pacing was faster, there would have been promise.
This is a generous five stars, to be honest It is based on the prose and the characters and the worldbuilding The plot itself isn t much, and should bring the book to four stars, but I can t bring myself to do so, because the writing was so beautifully crafted I love GGK s rhythm and word choice, and his ability to evoke a feeling with just a sentence Stunning.
Guy Gavriel Kay has the kind of prose that makes me want to bury myself and cry because I ll never be able to write like him A Song for Arbonne has everything romance, troubadours, intrigue, war, passion, revenge It s an epic story Guy Gavriel Kay writes something I wouldn t call fantasy but alternative history He takes a place here it s the lovely Provence then does his research and sets a story in an alternative version of it Beautiful plot, great characters and a lot of heartbreak.There were [...]
An enchanting, highly recommended historical fantasy that pulled me into the world of Provence, land of courts of love and of troubadours, and other kingdoms or dukedoms of medieval France, with Kay using each civilization as a basis for his fantasy concept of these places The story begins and ends with excerpts from the written vidans or lives of two of Arbonne s most famous troubadours the first and perhaps most famous , Anselme of Cauvas and ending with that of Lisseut of Vez t, the latter a [...]
This was my first exposure to Kay s work, and I ve to say that I ve already fallen in love with his writing In A Song for Arbonne, he created a dazzling and extraordinary tale of mere mortals, whose life were entangled by malevolence, political intrigue and love From this overtly distinct mix, Kay managed to weave such a convoluted story that acquire a life of its own This, coupled with the story s multi layered characters, interesting plot and Kay s very own magnificent prose produced an awe in [...]
STOP THE PRESSES THIS MIGHT BE MY NEW FAVORITE GUY GAVRIEL KAY NOVEL I NEED SOME TIME ALONE.
Until the sun dies and the moons fall, Gorhaut and Arbonne shall not lie easily beside each other This is my third book by Guy Gavriel Kay and, while all have been excellent, this one is my favorite so far I give that qualifier because there are Kay books to read and with every story he manages to enthrall me all over again In each book he has managed to make his fictionalized lands seem real and familiar by evoking the memories of our world s own past Tigana conjures visions of medieval Italy [...]
I write this review as an aggrieved reader What I thought this book would be like and what it actually is are so different that I begin to wonder if I am really reading the same author who wrote Tigana.Many or most of you will perhaps disagree with me or my issues with the book, and even might complain that a book should not be compared to another book and must be read for what it is, rather than what it should have been Generally I would agree However, seeing that GGK Sacrifices so many things [...]
A Song for Arbonne Damn glad to meet you, Mr Kay We seem to have been traveling separate avenues until now Do you mind if I tag along for awhile I am giving this one a 4 Star slap on the back, admiring some fine wordsmithing and in the expectation that I will enjoy other books by GGK I was on the verge of putting this one on my never finished shelf as I plodded through the first two chapters Set in a thinly disguised alternate earth version of medieval France, I thought the introductory chapters [...]
Just over halfway into this book, I already knew it was going to be one of my favorites, for a number of reasons 1 I really enjoyed the characters There were just so many of them, all of which were so different, and almost all of which I loved Though majority of the main female characters were described as extremely beautiful, which is definitely something we could ve done without, we had a lot of strong female characters, which was pretty great.2 This book was kind of dramatic, possibly even so [...]
A Song for Arbonne is a lovely book, and Kay is on his way to becoming one of my favorite fantasy authors The book focuses on the conflict between Arbonne inspired by Provence, with a troubadour culture and a goddess and women in some powerful positions and northern Gorhaut a warrior based culture that brutally oppresses its women I was a little concerned by what the bookjacket built up as a war of the sexes, but in reality the focus is on the conflict between two very different cultures Still, [...]