For the most part, I liked Lions. Didn't mind the ending, didn't mind the "emotional manipulation." I was even able to put up with those "But little did he know..." lines that Kay inserted on occasion.
There was one scene, though, that had me groaning all the way through. I saw it coming, said to myself, "Hell no. He wouldn't. He wouldn't do that." But he did, and in what was probably the silliest cop-out I had seen in a long while,
SPOILER: Lions of Al-Rassanhad Jehane's father save one of those two brothers by performing radical brain surgery to remove the fragments of his shattered skull.
It was like Ned's death for shock value. I really couldn't believe that an author of Kay's caliber (I loved Tigana) would write something so ridiculous. Silly me.