River of Stars

River of Stars

by Guy Gavriel Kay
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River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate. 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 toward 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451416094
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 241,074
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Guy Gavriel Kay is the internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. His work has been translated into over 30 languages. At the outset of his career Kay assisted in the editorial construction of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. He has also written for the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Guardian, among others, and has spoken at literary events around the world. He was won numerous literary awards, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

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River of Stars 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Mr. Kay for sometime although I dont particulary care for a lot of fantasy books but river of stars is a mesmerizing read, well researched and rendered in a flawless almost poetic language. I am halfway through the book. Well done.
TheRealPhilG More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in the same universe as "Under Heaven," about 400 years later. It's not necessary to read the other book first, although this one has some references to episodes and characters. Mr. Kay's usual masterful writing allows you to lose yourself in the story of duty, destiny, and intrigue. As usual, the characters are fascinating, complex, and completely realistic. The plot moves in unexpected directions, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once. Not my absolute favorite, but damn! Can that man write, or what? Hey, B&N - when will the Nook version of the Fionavar Trilogy be available? Arbonne? Huh?
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TakomaGeezer More than 1 year ago
If, like me, you are not terribly familiar with the Song Dynasty and this period in Chinese history, River of Stars provides a nice way to understand this pivotal moment in Chinese history. I read historical fiction like this to learn from someone who has done their homework and figured out how to put the time period into entertaining perspective. Kay does exactly this by creating a world that is extremely complex but revolves around only 4-5 characters. Their trials, triumphs and failures are all bound by the actual historical circumstances of the collapse of the Song Dynasty. I give the book only 4 stars because I found the writing to be a bit stolid and I tended to skip paragraphs/pages now and then because of some repetition, but the plot was clever, the characters very engaging, and the ending was true to the themes of the book. While I would have liked for the characters to have made different choices from my perch in the 21st Century, I fully understood where Kay was going and why, ultimately, the choices were made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GGK is one of my all time favorite writers. Wonderful characters and beautiful settings. Sucks you in and leaves you yearning for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love most of GGk's work but i found his last two novels chilly and unapproachable. The story is there but he doesnt make you really care about the characters and what happens to them. Not like the end of Tigana or Lions of Al Rassan where i would be in tears even reading it a second or third time when i knew exactly what would happen.
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TheLoon More than 1 year ago
GGK is just a very mature, talented writer who has a love of depth of thought. He is just a talented writer who can really get a story and history across.
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