By Guy Gavriel Kay
The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the wilderness sands, yet over centuries, seduced by means of the sensuous pleasures in their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by way of warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is at the ascendancy, aided consistently by means of his pal and consultant, the infamous Ammar ibn Khairan -- poet, diplomat, soldier -- till a summer season afternoon of savage brutality adjustments their courting forever.
Meanwhile, within the north, the conquered Jaddites' such a lot celebrated -- and feared -- army chief, Rodrigo Belmonte, pushed into exile, leads his mercenary corporation south.
In the harmful lands of Al-Rassan, those males from diverse worlds meet and serve -- for a time -- an analogous grasp. Sharing their interwoven destiny -- and more and more torn via her emotions -- is Jehane, the comprehensive court docket health care professional, whose personal talents play an expanding function as Al-Rassan is swept to the threshold of holy struggle, and beyond.
Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is either a super experience and a deeply compelling tale of affection, divided loyalties, and what occurs to women and men whilst hardening ideals start to remake -- or spoil -- a world.
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A month would be an ambitious timeline, but with magic and slave labor—especially that of the krinth, a strong but dull race born of slaves and shadow demons—it could be done. Rivalen stood at his father’s shoulder and studied the map. It showed Sembia centermost: roads, cities, towns, temples, all clearly marked. Rivalen had long advocated moving against Sembia, a rich realm with fertile upcountry farmland and several southern ports.
Stop,” Rivalen said, and the spell sent his voice careening through the corridors of the kraken’s brain. The creature’s mind and comprehension were as immense as its body. The kraken had lived centuries, spent decades in contact with the sentient mythallar, learning, growing, knowing. Its mind was keen, incredibly powerful. But it was no match for Rivalen Tanthul. Rivalen had lived for millennia, had learned spellcraft at the sides of the most powerful arcanists Toril had ever known, had survived the horrors of the Plane of Shadow for centuries, had battled the primordial malaugrym on their home plane, had melded his physical body with the stuff of shadow, had served and continued to serve as high priest to one of the most powerful goddesses in the multiverse.
His knowing, platinum-colored eyes stared out of a narrow, expressionless face. Rivalen had inherited his father’s sharp nose and imperial bearing. His father’s royal cloak, originally violet, was so dark as to be almost black. As much shadowstuff as flesh, Telamont seemed to float rather than stand. The outline of his body blurred with the darkness in the room. Shadows swirled constantly around him, longer and thicker than those that circled Rivalen. The shadowstuff had not yet so consumed Rivalen.
The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay