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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007521901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007521906
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada. In 1974-5 he spent a year in Oxford assisting Christopher Tolkien in his editorial construction of J R R Tolkien's posthumously published THE SILMARILLION. He took a law degree at the University of Toronto on his return to Canada and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto

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‘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

‘River of Stars: Picture Game of Thrones in China: Guy Gavriel Kay's exquisite Asian-inspired epic fantasy offers a fresh twist on intrigue and adventure’ – Salon.com

‘This is stunning stuff from one of fantasy fiction’s finest. From one of fiction’s finest, frankly’ – Tor.com

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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.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2013
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This book, as is Under Heaven, is a re-imagining of China in the past. I'm afraid I don't know enough about Chinese history to be able to identify which period is being re-imagined, not that it matters at all. The action has moved forward by about three hundred years, and apart from odd mentions in the narrative of people or events that happened in the first book, there is no close connection between the two.

It is a huge book and a huge and magnificent story which interweaves various separate story strands until they all come together in a magnificent and possibly ambiguous finale. The background is the manoeuvring of the power factions around the now weakened and decadent Kitai. In the war that followed the action of Under Heaven, fourteen prefectures were lost to the Xiaolu empire, barbarians from the Steppes, themselves now under threat from another tribe of horsemen, the Altai.

The major characters are Ren Daiyan, a village boy from Shengdu, Lin Shan, daughter of a scholar who has been educated beyond the usual levels for a girl, Lu, a poet who tells the truth, the Emperor and his politicians who vie with each other for cunning and ruthlessness.

Life in Kitai is precarious and cheap. If you make a mistake you pay with your life. If information is required from you, the likelihood is that you will die under interrogation. Equally, if you manage to guess right, the rewards are great, though you might not keep them long. There is a lot of death in this book, but I would not call it violent as such, because it is not dwelt upon and we adopt the values of Kitai society.

This is not a book you can read quickly. Take your time and relish the detail and subtlety that Guy Gavriel Kay has created. It is possibly his best book to date, but I would have to reread the others to make sure and that would take a very long time. If you don't know his work, what pleasure awaits you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 April 2013
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Ideally I would give this book 4.5 stars. GGK is one of my favourite writers. 'The Lions of Al-Rassan' The Lions of Al-Rassan, also historical fantasy, is one of my all time favourite books, and for me it is that comparison/expectation, rather than a comparison with other authors, that would lead me to dock half a point.

Mr Kay has the ability to create characters that are so vibrant and enchanting and through them levels of tension and anticipation that make reading almost too exciting. I did not quite feel that magic. It is in GGK's focus between character and events that I find there is a change. In his recent work, although the characters are well-drawn, GGK's main interest seems to be elsewhere. The net of events, changes, repercussions and philosophical questions dominate the focus. The characters are still interesting but no longer compelling and, for me, his later books have an episodic and slightly disjointed feel. Indeed 'The Last Light of the Sun' felt at times like a collection of short stories.

That said I enjoyed 'River of Stars'. The fact that I take issue at all is due to the level of interest/investment GGK's book inspire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 May 2014
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"A storyteller, guessing at or finding certainty within, can offer the thoughts of a war-leader as he orders a retreat after ordering an advance. Honourable historians record events as best they can and, often challenging each other, suggest the consequences. There is a difference" (p.561)

'River of Stars' is a work that follows the events associated with China's Northern Song Dynasty during the period of time surrounding the fall of Kaifeng in 1127. A historian, writing his version of events, would follow his instincts to establish the facts, and seek not to distort them with assumptions. On the other hand, a novelist's instincts are to flesh out those bony facts with the personalities involved, take liberties with them, and twist them slightly to reveal the poetic, the tragic; the people behind the events, the humanity hidden in the history.

Stylistically, Kay's writing reminds me at times of Simon Schama; he narrates with a careful delicacy and consideration, his sentences alive with intelligence and ironic asides, using the facts of the time to frame the characters that lived within it. Often a long flowing sentence will be followed by a short one, clarifying the first and adding an insight in the process. At other times, I hear the gentle reflective tones of David Attenborough as he whispers to the camera on one of his wildlife documentaries.

In works of biography, I find it extremely annoying when authors presume to know the inner thoughts of their subjects to the extent where they seem almost to be claiming to be clairvoyant; life stories, be they in the recent past or distant history, need to be anchored firmly to fact. This book had me enjoying those exact same liberties for precisely the same reasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2013
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Having enjoyed 'Under Heaven', I was excited about the prospect of this new novel from Mr Kay. I'm sorry to say I found it a disappointment. The characters are well-fleshed, the times and the settings are well-researched and the narrative prose is good, if long-winded. The plot is hazy, at least to begin with; the dialogue is sharp and well-written.

Wherein lies my disappointment, then? I kept closing the book and wandering off to do something that wasn't necessary. That sums it up quite cogently.

I found the pace unvaried and too slow for my taste. Everything, whether a description of the scenery or of a random murder, progresses at the same x-miles-per-hour. For the first half of the book, the plot seems to lack direction and for me it certainly lacks fire. The novel is not as focused as 'Under Heaven' and it feels as if the author wants to cram in all his philosophical observations interleaved with his characters' actions. As a novel, it didn't capture me. I found the end-game almost weak, which is a thing I never thought I would say about this man's writing.

One thing I must mention is a self-indulgence in Mr Kay's writing style: almost every page has a sentence using parentheses for an aside, whether they are necessary or not. On some pages this happens two or three times and it (soon) grows tedious, as he would write it. It seems as if on correcting the first draft it was decided to amend the sentence or phrase, and it was easier to add the amendment in brackets than to reconstruct the sentence. I find this constant use of parentheses interrupts the flow of the eye over the page and that it becomes an annoyance. I understand Mr Kay holds a law Degree and I am surprised that he chooses to write in a fashion that lacks precision.
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