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Fall of a State

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The desire of an emperor... Bored with his usual palace musicians, the emperor Liu Che is tempted by a new song from lowly qin-player Li Yan Nian. Yan Nian is also beautiful, and Liu Che is in the mood to take a new lover. His lovers usually come to him, but Yan Nian's shy reticence intrigues the emperor.

The yearning of a man... Yan Nian has been in love with the emperor s
ebook, 138 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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The author herself calls this book a “fluffy version” of the true-life affair between Lui Che, Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty of China and Li Yan Nian a court musician in the Emperor’s court. But I wouldn’t call it fluffy, as such. Perhaps it is a little rose-tinted, but there’s no way this could be labelled as “wallpaper” because of the solidity of the world painted around the characters and the obvious depth of knowledge that the author has. If you dig a little deeper into the “what happened to ...more
Jason Huffman-black
This was beautifully written but I think I can only say this was a 3.5 star read because, in the middle of this story about historical China, I came across the word 'arse' over and over. This UK slang used in an Asian setting threw me out of the story totally.
I tried so desperately to love this book but it seems I failed dramatically.
The main two problems were the language and the main character Yan Nian, or, to be more exact, his characterization and his actions after that characterization was presented to the reader.

Yan Nian is described as a shy and modest young man who, at the same time, keeps *cough* a stone dildo buried in his things in his room, who doesn't disapprove of his sister whoring around having relationships with one man after anothe
Missy Welsh
This was a really lovely book and unique to me as I haven't read any sort of book set in this time period or place before. The setting, the characters, were so well described it was like a movie. This book is now one of my favorites.

My only problem with it and the reason it got 4 instead of 5 was because of the contemporary feel of the writing. It just didn't feel right to me that they spoke with contractions or used a phrase like "that's all right." It threw me every time. Now maybe this is jus
Aleksandr Voinov
Exquisitely written and highly erotic. I read this in a day, even though I should have been writing, but I regret nothing. I do enjoy how well Kate Cotoner navigates foreign cultures, and her style is always a pleasure.
3.75 stars. It verrrry fluffy, but I quite enjoyed it.
Shira Anthony
I didn't realize until after I'd read this book that the story is based on the real-life history of the Chinese emperor, Liu Che. I almost wish I hadn't found out, because the real story isn't the fairy tale that this little book is. Still, it was an enjoyable read, if not entirely realistic (and, to be fair, the author herself calls her version "fluff"). But enjoyable, it was, and well-written.

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Fall of a State by Kate Cotoner is an unusual, beautifully written historical romance set in ancient China, which is an underrepresented time and location in m/m romance. While keeping events rooted in authentic historical research, the author maintains a fast pace and a smooth, clear, streamlined writing style. Both the emperor of China (a real historical figure) and his court musician come alive as real men with distinct three-dimensional personalities, and their witty banter is a delight to r ...more
I don't know if it was because I just read 'The Last Concubine' by Catt Ford which is kind of similar with 'Fall of a State' that this book turned out boring for me so 3 stars only but still a good book to read! :)
I will not give a rating to it because I didn't finish it
I was very close to the end but I'm giving up. It's a good story, but the amount of eroticism bothers me. I like erotica, have nothing against it, but sometimes (like in this book) I wished for more plot and less sex

So, sadly, it breaks my heart but I'm giving up. DNF for me.
The jewel among the trash of gay romance books. Well written historical gay romance which binds the educated author who put on on display the old Chinese imperial court with all its splendor and glory and in the same time could make the relationship between emperor and lowly musician believable.
Cleon Lee
The author managed to evoke the beauty and exoticism of ancient Chinese era. A beautiful historical tale of the Chinese emperor and his male lover. Great research and description of the setting and era without lecturing the readers.
Crys Harris
This was great! I loved the setting and the simplicity of the lover story, however improbable, and the fact that it is based on actual events.
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story, it was exactly what I was looking for.
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Kate Cotoner lives in the north of England with her OH and a demanding bonsai named Mr M. She has a fondness for Asian men tempered with a love of hunky Germanic and Mediterranean types, and manages to combine love for all three types whilst watching Formula One motorsport. She loves history, needlepoint, reading, watching brainless blockbusters and meaningful foreign films, staring at US crime sh ...more
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