Publish date: 2010
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Epic Fantasy
, Historical Fiction
Under Heaven, the first book in a two-part series by Guy Gavriel Kay, is a historical novel set during the tail end of the Tang Dynasty in China. Described by many sources as historical fantasy, I would lean more toward describing it as historical fiction with elements of magical realism. In it, Kay...
This was my first book by Kay, and I liked it quite a bit. Set in an alternate version of Imperial China, it was a sweeping epic that managed to also be quite character-based. It doesn’t have any easy answers, but it’s not hopeless by any means. I did wish that the women had not been quite so second...
A fantasy novel very loosely based on An Shi rebellion. It is pretty well-researched IMO & the author was able to quote a few classical Chinese poems and stuff, & conveyed a sense of cosmopolitanism as well as brutality of that period. The first 3/4 is sort of slow IMHO & the protagonist Shen Tai do...
Enough others have summarized the premise/setting of Under Heaven, so I'll skip the info you can find on the book jacket. Despite the few supernatural elements, this book deserves to be shelved and known as historical fiction rather than isolated in the fantasy/SF section.In general, Under Heaven i...
Guy Gavriel Kay has created his own little niche - books that are part historical fiction, moved slightly to the left, and part fantasy. That is to say, he researches the hell out of a particular time and place, and then writes in a fictionalized version of that setting, frequently with some magical...
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