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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 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, from the renowned author of Children of Earth and Sky and Ysabel.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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 639 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 53.34mm | 884.5g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0451464974
  • 9780451464972
  • 132,359

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From whatever angle you approach it, "River of Stars" is a major accomplishment, the work of a master novelist in full command of his subject. It deserves the largest possible audience. "Washington Post" Kay has the uncanny ability to depict the grand sweep of historical events through the eyes of those living through them What s even more amazing is how through his careful rendering of character and environments we are drawn into this history "River of Stars" is an exceptional piece of work. "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" With "River of Stars," Kay transports readers to a dazzling court and the ravages of war, with language almost impossibly multilayered in its nuance and tone, offering a series of insights that exquisitely build on each other. Even more than in previous books, each sentence seems shaped to further enhance the book s themes, recalling the craftsmanship of the man-made peony blossom that is a recurring image throughout. Here, too, emotional intensity is amped up more than ever, the shattering catharsis even more complete... one of Kay s richest creations to date. "Huffington Post" "River of Stars" is the sort of novel one disappears into, emerging shaken, if not outright changed. A novel of destiny, and the role of individuals within the march of history, it is touched with magic and graced with a keen humanity. "Globe and Mail" Guy Gavriel Kay s exquisite Asian-inspired epic fantasy offers a fresh twist on intrigue and adventure...Here you ll find all the scheming and skullduggery that give "Game of Thrones" its zest, refined to the subtlest of arts. Salon.com Listener column by Laura Miller "show more

About Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally bestselling author of twelve novels. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.show more
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