A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

By Guy Gavriel Kay

According to the troubadour tradition that rose in Provence through the excessive heart a long time, this panoramic, soaking up novel superbly creates another model of the medieval world.

The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is lease by way of a feud among its strongest dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long-dead Aelis, lover of 1, spouse of the opposite and as soon as inheritor to the country's throne.

To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose population worship the militant god Corannos and are governed through corrupt, womanizing King Ademar. His leader consultant, the excessive priest of Corannos, is set to irradicate the worship of a feminine deity, whose fans stay to the south.

Into this cauldron of brewing catastrophe comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes provider with Bertran and averts an try on his existence. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a declare for sanctuary through his sister-in-law units the degree for a brutal conflict among the 2 cultures. Intertwined is the story of a tender girl troubadour whose function indicates the sweep of the drama to come back.

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He had eaten wonderful foods here, and played delightful games, and found courtesy and affection unlimited. Now three men with crowbars and shovels were loading the stones on to a truck and carrying them away to become other buildings—that too a practice familiar to archaeologists.

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