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Breathtaking in it’s intensity and exquisitely written, find yourself transported to a reimagined China during the decline of the Song Dynasty. The way the author writes is unmistakable, yet again he’s delivered a masterpiece combining lyrical subtlety and heartrending beauty. The purposeful principal cast, with their faults, their flaws, are sometimes outshone by the splendid secondary characters and the vivid yet small inconsequential stories that highlight the choices, decisions, pathways that pepper and alter lives. You will find yourself wanting to race ahead to discover what’s around the next corner, and simultaneously take a slow stroll through the poetic pages to enable you to savour every delicious word.
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 - 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.
'Hauntingly written, River of Stars is truly epic fantasy and a work to savour' - Sunday Times
'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
'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 ... As sumptuous and sprawling as River of Stars is, it is, foremost, a keen example of the storyteller's art' - The Globe and Mail
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Author:||Guy Gavriel Kay|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Collections:||50 Books To Transport You To Another World, 50+ Novels That Explore the Wonders of Asia,|
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. Guy Gavriel Kay was our Putting Authors in the Picture feature for August 2019. Click here to read more about his author journey on our blog.More About Guy Gavriel Kay