Tigana, Paperback Book
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With this rich, masterfully written extravaganza of myth and magic, the internationally acclaimed author of THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY trilogy has created an epic that will forever change the boundaries of fantasy fiction. Set in a beleaguered land caught in a web of tyranny, Tigana is the deeply moving story of a people struggling to be free.

A people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant King Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful land cannot be spoken or remembered. But not everyone has forgotten. A handful of men and women, driven by love, hope and pride, set in motion the dangerous quest for freedom and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name: Tigana.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 816 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007342044

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What a brilliant book. I was hooked from the first page and got pulled so easily into this story about loss, love and memory.I just have to say Kaye is such a brilliant storyteller. I have read the The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road books a couple of years ago and enjoyed them very much as well.What can a flame remember? If it remembers a little less than is necessary, it goes out; if it remembers a little more than is necessary, it goes out. If only it could teach us, while it burns, to remember correctly.George Seferis, “Stratis the Sailor Describes a ManThe story is about a country in the Palm called Tigana. Some 20 years ago a powerful and evil wizard wanted to gain some lands for his eldest son. What he did not bargained with was that the gentle and artistic people of this country would fight back so fiercely, to maintain their freedom. In the course of this war he lost his son, which outraged him so much that he used a powerful spell to wipe the memory of Tigana from everyone's mind not born there. Not one single person within the Palm was able to remember that there was ever such a country as Tigana, even when the name was spoken aloud they were unable to understand anything. Those people native to Tigana became homeless in their own contry and everywhere else, in the truest sense of the word. All of them lost their identity. However, now throw into this mix another tyrannt who conquered the other half of the Palm around the same time and you do have a complex, but political very intruiging story.Initially we are shown how the people managed to come to terms with these two oppressive rulers. Nevertheless, 20 years later a band of survivors from Tigana and people from the different countries in the Palm rise to the challenge of overcoming this two great evils and regain their freedom and for Tigana the memory.A great, compelling and heartbreaking book which is not easily put down.

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An absolutely amazing book. <br/><br/>It's extremely rare to find a book about the rise and fall of kings that manages to remember that it's the people who drive the politics, and this did. More, it managed to make every single character to some degree sympathetic, no matter how utterly incompatible their goals or how appalling their actions.<br/><br/>I did wish for that fundamental incompatibility of goals to be delved into a bit more - in particular in Dianora's choice of (in)action, and Alessan's conflict with the wizard - but I recognize that my desires in this particular instance conflict with the themes of the story about memory and the creation of history, for the former, and conflict with the desired end of the story, for the latter. But when that's about the only thing I can complain about in a book, that's a book to be treasured.

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