River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

73%

6 Critic Reviews

...however fantastical the events and environments, the emotional register is wholly authentic.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

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.
 

About Guy Gavriel Kay

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Guy Gavriel Kay is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author. His works have been translated into twenty-five languages. Author website: brightweavings.com
 
Published April 2, 2013 by NAL. 657 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for River of Stars
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Sunita on May 22 2013

...this is an engrossing read. It demands your attention, but once you sink into the story, it unfolds in a rich and satisfying way.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Apr 26 2013

...his characters and their relationships to the central events don’t stir this reader as deeply as in those other novels.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on Jun 03 2013

...as powerful as the theme is, River Of Stars can’t quite support it. Kay’s prose is certainly as beautiful and effective as ever, but the issues run deeper.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on Jun 03 2013

The novel as a whole may not always succeed, but when it does, it’s astounding.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Natalie Zina Walschots on May 10 2013

...however fantastical the events and environments, the emotional register is wholly authentic.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Natalie Zina Walschots on May 10 2013

The setting may be a work of brilliant alienation, taking fact and making it strange, but however fantastical the events and environments, the emotional register is wholly authentic.

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