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The Lions of al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay

"There had been lions once in Al-Rassan, lions upon the dais in this palace that had been built to make men fall to their knees upon marble and alabaster before the dazzling evidence of a glory beyond their grasp."

 

Title-drop, and in a beautiful way. Everything about the language in this is just lovely.