By Guy Gavriel Kay
In line with the troubadour tradition that rose in Provence in the course of the excessive heart a while, this panoramic, soaking up novel fantastically creates another model of the medieval world.
The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is hire via 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 decided to irradicate the worship of a feminine deity, whose fans reside 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 lifestyles. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a declare for sanctuary via his sister-in-law units the level for a brutal conflict among the 2 cultures. Intertwined is the story of a tender girl troubadour whose position indicates the sweep of the drama to come back.
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I waited until his crew’s fish were all unloaded and he stepped along the harbour road, his boots ringing on the cobbles. Then I ran after him. . ’ He looked at me, his eyes very blue in his weathered face. He was the most handsome of all the men, fine and upstanding, without a big belly filling his jersey. He was clean shaven and had good white teeth when he smiled. Oh, he had such a dazzling smile. ‘Yes, I’m Bobbie. ’ he said pleasantly. I swallowed, trying to think of the right words. I saw the woman I’d spoken to staring at us curiously.
Oh dear, it’s been a long night. I shall be glad to get to my bed. So how can I help you? Who are you? ’ ‘I – I have several names. ’ ‘My, my, you go in for some very fancy names! ’ He said the three names solemnly enough, but his eyes crinkled, his mouth twitched, and I knew he was laughing at me. I took a deep breath. ‘I – I think I might be kin of yours,’ I said. He stared at me. ‘What, some long-lost cousin or something of that sort? ’ ‘No, sir. I have taken the surname of Battersea, after my mother.
She looked as if she wanted to stick it straight in me. ‘Could you call Mina from the shore? And where’s Ezra? Is he playing truant from school again? Look for him on Long Beach. I need you all at home,’ Father said. ’ He spoke with calm authority, but I could feel him trembling as he turned me round and steered me onwards. I heard an excited babble behind us as folk repeated what he’d said. I peered round. Katherine was staring after me as she hurried down to the beach. ‘Oh, Father, she hates me,’ I said.
A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay