Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

April Books 28) A Song for Arbonne, by Guy Gavriel Kay

A Song for Arbonne is set in a vaguely parallel world, a story of conflict between the free loving Provençal-ish people of Arbonne and the nassty Norman-type bigots of Gorhaut, with pseudo-Celts, pseudo-Italians, pseudo-Spaniards and pseudo-Germans as well. The exiled northern aristocrat who appreciates southern music is the central character, and you know from quite early on how it's likely to end (and it duly does end that way), yet I found it totally gripping (with only one significant flaw - the central character's father is an eeevil high priest who is really a bit too eeevil). Excellent stuff.

I've been trying to work out why epic fantasy doesn't usually work for me, with the exception of a few writers, such as J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Guy Gavriel Kay. (For example, I recently bounced off Wolfe's The Wizard Knight and Steven Brust's Taltos books.) Haven't yet come to any conclusions, though.
Tags: bookblog 2011, writer: guy gavriel kay
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