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Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay was the 37th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Jun 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012


How/Why was this book chosen:

It won a poll of Sword &Laser's Goodreads Group members.

Tigana 275 votes 48.8%

The Hum and the Shiver 163 votes 28.9%

The Redemption of Althalus 126 votes 22.3%


Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of Tigana

Sword & Laser Podcasts and Videos: Kick Off: S&L Video 5 Check In: S&L 102 Wrap Up: S&L Video 6

Tigana by Guy Gavriel KayEdit

Eight of the nine provinces of the Peninsula of the Palm, on a world with two moons, have fallen to the warrior sorcerers Brandin of Ygrath and Alberico of Barbadior. Brandin's younger son is slain in a battle with the principality of Tigana, which the grief-stricken sorcerer then destroys. After sweeping down and destroying the remnants of their army, burning their books and destroying their architecture and statuary, he makes it so that no one not born in that province can even hear its name. Years later, a small band of survivors, led by Alessan, last prince of Tigana's royal house, wages psychological warfare, planting seeds for the overthrow of the two tyrants. At the center of these activities are Devin, a gifted young singer; Catriana, a young woman pursued by suspicions of her family's guilt; and Duke Sandre d'Astibar, a wily resistance leader thought dead. Meanwhile, at Brandin's court, Dianora, his favorite concubine and--unknown to anyone, another survivor of Tigana--struggles between her growing love for the often gentle tyrant and her desire for vengeance. Gradually the scene is set for both conquerors to destroy each other and free a land.

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