Under Heaven by GuyGavriel Kay

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View our feature on Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven.In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power.

Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.

It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles. In recognition of his labors and his filial piety, an unlikely source has sent him a dangerous gift: 250 Sardian horses.

You give a man one of the famed Sardian horses to reward him greatly. You give him four or five to exalt him above his fellows, propel him towards rank, and earn him jealousy, possibly mortal jealousy. Two hundred and fifty is an unthinkable gift, a gift to overwhelm an emperor.

Wisely, the gift comes with the stipulation that Tai must claim the horses in person. Otherwise he would probably be dead already...

About GuyGavriel 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 27, 2010 by Roc. 592 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A magnificent creation you will want to read over and over again for the joy of reading it brings you.

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for all the measured conflict and mannered grace of the book’s milieu, Kay has clearly let the reins go on Under Heaven—and it makes for a galloping but sometimes bumpy ride.

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Wagner Fantasy Book Critic 4 of 5 Stars "Under Heaven has two awesome qualities that make it a worthwhile read by themselves: beautiful writing and exquisite world building.

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Fantasy Literature

I know I’ve read at least one book by GGK, but it’s been a long time.

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Geek Speak

Under Heaven contains passages of tremendous lyricism (as well as a few passages of overblown pseudo-philosophical musing, but that’s Kay for you), and if his vision is not quite as panoramic as it was in, say, the Sarantine Mosaic, we do at least get an interesting ...

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