By Guy Gavriel Kay
Based at the troubadour tradition that rose in Provence throughout the excessive center a long time, this panoramic, soaking up novel superbly creates another model of the medieval world.
The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is hire through 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 by means of 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 existence. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a declare for sanctuary via 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 position indicates the sweep of the drama to come.
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