The Lions of Al-Rassan

  • by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by Euan Morton
  • 19 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.
Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites' most celebrated - and feared - military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south.
In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve - for a time - the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate - and increasingly torn by her feelings - is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond.
Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake - or destroy - a world.


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Heart breaking.

You fall in love with each character as there life unfolds. Each poem will touch you with their beauty and aching emotion. A transportation into a land I know, where I have lived and been touched and transformed in beauty. Thank you master Bard. You always touch my soul.
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- Dreow

Good but last quarter rushes the story

I enjoyed this but it was odd towards the end. It feels like he was setting up a long story and could have been more than one volume. But then he just rushed to the end as not interested anymore and just needed to get to the end. Odd
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios