YMMV / Tigana

  • Applicability: Guy Gavriel Kay commented that from South Korea to Poland to Quebec people have been praising him for basing the plot of Tigana on their national history. For reference, he based it on Renaissance-era Italy. His writing philosophy is that history-inspired fantasy, among other things, lets a story have more of a universal appeal than mundane historical fiction would.
  • Author Appeal: Alienor and Devin's bondage scene comes out of nowhere and is so lovingly described that somebody just had to be throwing it in there for his own enjoyment.
  • Ho Yay: A great deal, as it seems to be a very homosocial culture.
    • Saevar clearly adores his prince.
    • Alberico seems to dwell on Tomasso a little too long and too lovingly; he is thinking of torturing him, but fantasising about another man being "curved invitingly back" on one's mechanisms is a little loaded.
    • In one scene several male characters greet each other so enthusiastically that the other patrons of the bar all assume they are homosexuals.
  • Moment of Awesome:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The destruction of Tigana and the erasing of its memory—ironic because the more sympathetic of the two conquerors committed the single worst atrocity. Brandin spends the whole book trying to drag his way back across it.
    • Alberico is a walking Moral Event Horizon, but his defining moment of depravity comes early on. He gatecrashes a vigil wherein three of the most powerful lords in the realm are conspiring to overthrow him. He kills them all, which is understandable enough. What is less reasonable is that he then sky-wheels their families—namely, crucifying them on vast wooden wheels with their hands chopped off and stuffed into their mouths so that they can't scream, then leaves them to die of exposure and publically rot. It is explicitly noted that he does this to every single member of the families. Even the children. This is why people prefer Brandin.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The scene where Sandre and Tomasso meet in Alberico's dungeons, where Sandre murders him to spare him from torture and stop him from talking. Also doubles as a So Proud of You moment.
    • The scene with Baerd and the Night Walkers, which many might argue is where he really comes together as a character.
    • Many of Dianora's scenes with Brandin, but most notably The Ring Dive, and his death and her subsequent suicide; this should be shot through with joy because the spell is broken and Tigana is restored, but Brandin is so likeable—and the heroes so designated—that the reader might be left wondering whether it was really worth it.