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River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay
River of Stars
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In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic of prideful emperors, battling... show more
In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, bandits and soldiers, nomadic invasions, and a woman battling in her own way, to find a new place for women in the world – a world inspired this time by the glittering, decadent Song Dynasty. Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life—in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws. From there he emerges years later—and his life changes again, dramatically, as he circles towards the court and emperor, while war approaches Kitai from the north. Lin Shan is the daughter of a scholar, his beloved only child. Educated by him in ways young women never are, gifted as a songwriter and calligrapher, she finds herself living a life suspended between two worlds. Her intelligence captivates an emperor—and alienates women at the court. But when her father’s life is endangered by the savage politics of the day, Shan must act in ways no woman ever has. In an empire divided by bitter factions circling an exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more than the burdens of governing, dramatic events on the northern steppe alter the balance of power in the world, leading to events no one could have foretold, under the river of stars.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780451464972 (0451464974)
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Pages no: 656
Edition language: English
Series: Under Heaven (#2)
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Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
5.0 reading update - 100%
So I am done. My God I need something light and fluffy - cried through last two chapters . Would I recommend it? Wholeheartedly so, but again please be warned - very slow pacing. You may want to persevere through the beginning, but it sucked me in pretty fast. I thought the main theme in the book ...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
0.0 Reading update - 83%
"THAT NIGHT NORTH of the Wai the cloud cover finally broke and a waxing moon shone among hard and brilliant stars. What followed become the matter of legend" It is moving much faster now - only in comparison with the first half of course, because fighting and battles finally came in the last quar...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
0.0 Reading update - I have read 63%
"When the world changes greatly this can occur because of a single dramatic event, or because many small elements, each inconsequential in itself, fit together - like the pieces of a wooden puzzle box, of the sort sold in any village marketplace for a few copper coins" So I really like it so far -...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
0.0 I know it is mean of me
But every time when I read his book, I want to suggest to so many writers whose books I am reading right after to attend some more writing classes. Really just started this one, so have no opinion yet except loving the writing. Kay never treats my favorite characters in his books well, that was th...
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
5.0 My Best Book of January
I am seriously in love with GGK's ancient Chinese world!
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