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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Sep 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, historical-fantasy

4.5 stars

I read through this wonderful, large volume incredibly quickly. I love Kay's writing style. He writes sweeping, dramatic, stirring, epic tales, full of poetry and metaphor, exquisite description, words as clear and shining as crystal. He is master at creating books you won't want to put down - oh so very good at dropping hints and then moving on without being completely clear, and you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

Under Heaven is another beautiful example of this. Possibly the least fantastic, and most realistic, of his historical fantasy volumes, this one evokes Tang Dynasty China, with all the courtly intrigue, silk-robed courtesans, black-robed warriors, wandering poets, heavenly horses, and jade-and-gold splendor that go with that era. I loved many of the characters and cared what happened to the them. I disliked others, as I was supposed to. I was kept on the edge of my seat and savored my way through the novel.

I gave it 4.5 because there were some things at the end that didn't jive - were too out of the blue. Some I liked, some I didn't.
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September 18, 2010 – Started Reading
September 18, 2010 – Shelved
September 18, 2010 –
page 12
September 23, 2010 – Finished Reading
December 31, 2011 – Shelved as: 2010
October 15, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-fantasy

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