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River of stars av Guy Gavriel Kay
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River of stars (utgåvan 2014)

av Guy Gavriel Kay

Serier: Under Heaven (2)

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"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 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 towards 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" -- from publisher's web site.… (mer)
Medlem:donw146
Titel:River of stars
Författare:Guy Gavriel Kay
Info:Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Penguin, 2014.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****1/2
Taggar:trade paperback

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River of Stars av Guy Gavriel Kay

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A good sequel to Under Heaven - distantly connected across a large amount of time. Similar to the first one, it is strange and a little disorienting to read, as its characters adhere to many ideas and concepts of an eastern philosophy that is strange to the eyes of a western audience.

The story is well told. But I am ambivalent about the whole thing; possibly because of how different it is. Not something I would unreservedly recommend. But if you enjoy Kay's other novels and are looking for something similar but different, this is a worthwhile read. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
River of Stars is an epic read, written by one of my favorite fantasy authors. It's based on ancient China, incorporating the history of the Chinese emperors as well as the horsemen of the plains. I think tribes such as the Mongols, Tartars, and Koreans were referenced though since this is also a fantasy setting, it's not exactly as history would have it.
There are poets, bandits, prime ministers, and farmers whose lives intersect in this fascinating story. The main characters are Daiyan, the bandit who is good with a bow, and Shan, the woman educated like a man. Shan's husband Wai is a minor character but a particular favorite of mine due to his archeological efforts. But every character is a treat to read about, each dealing with court intrigues and warfare in different ways.
I liked Under Heaven very much, the previous book in this series, but I think I enjoyed this story more. It's a great read and I recommend it highly. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Mar 24, 2021 |
Looking at these other reviews makes me wonder what people really want from a book. For me, an author that can take me to a place and allow me to feel like I am there, or was there, is a gift. An author who can give you a place where you can understand the characters and how they may have thought at that point in history is a gift.

I think authors always have the curse of readers wanting the same total surprise and joy that happen the first time they read one of their books. It's impossible to replicate the first time of anything. But I think Kay does a darn good job of delivering for me the gifts I mentioned above.

In real life sometimes there is no big finish. The end is just fading away from that time period where there was a story. Why can't that also be true in books based on real history? ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
The political intrigues rule the lives of significant figures in a 12th dynasty world. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
Historical fiction from an alternative earth with a dash of fantasy. I had trouble putting it down. It starts as a series of vignettes introducing the characters and joins them together into the larger story. Sometimes the story would drag a bit but never for very long. The ending makes you think as it leaves alternatives that could have happened. It was consistent with the overall story even though it wasn't the heroic or epic ending I had been hoping for. Very well written with characters that I cared about deeply. ( )
  donw146 | Sep 10, 2020 |
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Kay succeeds in honoring the memories of the people who existed in that vanished world by creating a deeply respectful simulacrum of the latter, in which even the most maligned, hated person is acknowledged as human, and vital to the shaping of history we now take for granted.
 

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"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 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 towards 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" -- from publisher's web site.

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