|Submitted by Brid |
(Feb 25, 2005)
I read Tigana a year ago or so and I can warmly recommend it if you don't mind descriptive authors.
Guy G. Kay creates beautiful worlds of intrigue and romance that are brought wonderfully to life through his descriptions and intense characters. However, as I flipped through it again, I noticed times where he was trying so hard to show the reader the sadness embedded the memories (a major theme being memory)that he got repetitive and sentimental. He does the same thing occasionally in the Fionavar Tapestry.
Kay IS a romantic writer, who uses tragedy as much as he uses magic. Personally, I liked the Fionavar tapestry better - there was something truly epic about it - but Tigana is thrilling as well. I particularly liked how he set it in a Renaissance Italy culture, which made it a story unto itself and not just a recycling of Fionavar.