A Song for Arbonne

A Song for Arbonne

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A magnificent epic inspired by the glorious world of the troubadours, A Song for Arbonne is celebrated novelist Guy Gavriel Kay's love song to medieval Provence.

Arbonne and Gorhaut--two lands as different as the sun and the moon drifting through clouds. In the south, the olive trees and vineyards of Arbonne flourish, and the troubadours fill the air with songs of love and desire. To the north, the history of harsh Gorhaut has been forged with blood and fire, and now a corrupt king and his ruthless advisor seek to conquer the warm, fertile lands of Arbonne. The troubadours and courtiers of the south are soft--or so they appear. But for all their devotion to songs and a passion for beauty, the people of Arbonne will fight when invasion comes from the north.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Penguin, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780143194019
Branch Call Number: FIC Kay
Characteristics: 628 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Feb 21, 2013

I recently reread this book and I found it as evocative as ever. It's somewhere in Kay's top three books along with The Lions of Al-Rassan and Tigana for me.

Nov 28, 2011

My favourite of Guy Gavriel Kay's books. Combines the arts, adventure and memorable characters.

m2 Nov 13, 2011

Beautiful fantasy based on extensive research into the history of Languedoc/Aquitaine/Provence. The main characters remain in your mind and heart after the reading -- they are complex, breathing creations.
A great book while we are "waiting for Westeros."

Jul 27, 2011

Song for Arbonne is a story about the clash of two religions, with the underlying theme of sexism. It's a powerful book, with real, unstereotyped characters and breathtaking description.

The beginning of the book is slow, and the time gap between the prologue and the actual beginning is confusing, but once you begin to understand the connection between the events of the prologue and the events of the current time, the book really begins to roll. At its simplest, A Song for Arbonne is the tale of the impending war between Arbonne, a country ruled from the courts of love by a woman, and Gorhaut, a fire-and-sword warrior country. Arbonne is a lush, fertile land near the sea, and its people revere music and the Goddess Rian. In Gorhaut, the God Corannos and war are the only considerations. Gorhaut wishes to stamp out woman-loving Arbonne, but a potential heir to the throne of Gorhaut is living in Arbonne. How Blaise, son of the religious leader of Gorhaut, comes to lead Arbonne against the onslaught of the Gorhautians is a rich, intricate tale, full of subplots.


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DanniOcean Jun 25, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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