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