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Under Heaven
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July 1, 2012
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August 1, 2012
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Jeff Scott
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, war, china, fantasy
A deftly plotted historical novel set in 9th century China. I love how the author sets the table like a game of chess. All men are pawns to those close to the emperor, but an unusual gift turns one into a far more powerful piece, one that could topple all their plans.

Shen Tai, the son of a general, is mourning his father’s death by burying the dead at the general’s last great battle. After the two year mourning period he is given an inconceivable gift, 250 Sardinian horses (also known as dragon
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Michelle
4.5*

a layered story of intrigue and betrayal in the not-ancient-Chinese imperial court, full of courtesans, princes, and minor second sons that change the world. Kay writes richly interesting people, intelligent and thoughtful and very humanly foolishly flawed, doing richly interesting things. the storytelling is as stately and deliberately paced as the formal poetry the scholars declaim at each other.

no, it's not The Lions of al-Rassan, but it's absolutely charming anyway.
 Michelle
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deedee
I liked this story, really I did. Guy Gavriel Kay continues his obsession with the word "shape". According to google books:
shape: 40 occurrences
shapes: 23 occurrences
shaped: 19 occurrences
shaping: 16 occurrences
For a total of 98 occurrences of "shape" variations in the novel.
Here's a typical example:
"It is difficult, even in the imagination, to shape a sufficiently crushing reply."
The author needs to consult a thesaurus!!!!
Chris
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under Heaven is hauntingly beautiful. The prose is simple, direct, and lyrical. Many authors stumble in trying to integrate the personal story of a character with sweeping events that change the world. Kay moves back and forth from the intimate to the epic with grace and ease.
Annah Lång
Sep 21, 2013 marked it as to-read
Kristen
Jul 07, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Vir
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Steven
Oct 07, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Esther
Apr 16, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Chessa
Jan 24, 2016 marked it as to-read
a_tiffyfit
Aug 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
Lucija Vojnovic
Jan 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sf-challenge
Martin
Nov 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
E.
Dec 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
Dr M
Mar 03, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Kdawg91
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stacia
Jun 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: book-club
Leon
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
katayoun Masoodi
Nov 18, 2013 marked it as tbr-ebook
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Randy
Apr 03, 2016 marked it as wish-list
Cara
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popcorn-fantasy
Vivienne
May 01, 2010 marked it as to-read
Colleen
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spec-fic, favorites
Andrew Eberle
Dec 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
Amy
May 26, 2014 marked it as to-read-fantasy-sci-fi
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