Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews



Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

About Guy Gavriel Kay

See more books from this Author
Guy Gavriel Kay was born on November 7, 1954 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. He became interested in fantasy fiction while working as an assistant to Christopher Tolkien. He assisted him with the editing of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. After receiving a law degree from the University of Toronto, he became principal writer and associate producer for the CBC radio series, The Scales of Justice. He also wrote several episodes when the series moved to television. He has written social and political commentary for several publications including the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian. His first fantasy novels were The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road, which make up the Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy. His other works include A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan, Beyond This Dark House, The Last Light of the Sun, and Under Heaven. He has received numerous awards including and the Aurora Award for Tigana and The Wandering Fire, the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Ysabel, and the International Goliardos Award for his work in the fantasy field.
Published September 4, 1990 by Roc. 676 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Tigana

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Kay ( The Fionavar Tapestry ) brings to life a layered, pragmatic world of magic and difficult choices, where brutality and beauty coexist. Eight of the nine provinces of the Peninsula of the Palm, on

Aug 29 1990 | Read Full Review of Tigana

Fantasy Literature

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Oct 21 2014 | Read Full Review of Tigana

Fantasy Literature

He has published several short stories and is a co-author of the essay “Sword and Sorcery Fiction,” published in Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading.

Oct 21 2014 | Read Full Review of Tigana


The publicly ranked version of the.

Feb 08 2017 | Read Full Review of Tigana


High Fantasy (also called EPIC FANTASY) is a sub-genre of fantasy that most fantasy readers call "home."

Feb 08 2017 | Read Full Review of Tigana

The Ranting Dragon

I’ve written and deleted paragraphs many times over the course of this single piece of writing, having wandered too far afield, having gone too deep into the plot, the story, in an effort to try and communicate exactly why I feel this book deserves to be considered the Great Fantasy Novel.

Jul 09 2013 | Read Full Review of Tigana

Reader Rating for Tigana

An aggregated and normalized score based on 300 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review