River of stars

639 pages

English language

Published Jan. 30, 2013

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5 stars (2 reviews)

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 entire 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 the emperor while war approaches Kitai from the north.

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4 stars

Like most of Guy Gavriel Kay's work, this book keeps you thinking deep thoughts. In this case, I wonder at the nature of history and legends and how individuals make ripples that bring lasting change to countless others. It is a beautiful book, tinged with sadness and regret. This book is about the Kitai Empire, modeled after China during its Song Dynasty, with its decadent lifestyle and the troubles that befall it. While the characters are decent, they are overshadowed by the idea of Kitai and end up like pawns in a great game whose actions are drops in the coming waterfall. Regardless, I enjoyed reading of their lives and cheered them on as they faced insurmountable odds.

For my full review, check out my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2017/08/book-review-river-of-stars-by-guy.html

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  • Song Dynasty (China)
  • Imaginary places - Fiction
  • Fantasy fiction
  • China - History - Song dynasty, 960-1279 - Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Fathers and daughters - Fiction
  • History


  • China