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“River of Stars is a major accomplishment the work of a master novelist in full command of his subject” Michael Dirda in The Washington Post“Game of Thrones in China” SaloncomRen Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate That moment on a lonely road changed his life in entirely unexpected ways sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws From. 444 I just finished and honestly this book has left me completely depressed Almost than the second Malazan and this is saying something because that one had me crying for days The complete helplessness of regular people and their lack of control over their own lives is absolutely devastating The storytelling was gorgeous as always but I feel like crying The human drama and tragedy is so overwhelming I need a drink or at least a week of fluff and comedy

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T 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 exuisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far 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 sta. Returning to Kay s richly drawn worlds is like falling into poetry extensively researched history and the becoming one with the horrors that beset these wonderful contemporary protagonistsI m tempted to call this silkpunk but I must admit there is almost no fantasy and definitely no SF in it Instead it is just an immersive look at what could be the Song Dynasty 400 years after the original novel Under Heaven that resembled the Tang DynastyThis is historical escapism at its bestA educated woman making her way doing the best she can in this world A hero warrior turned bandit and later becoming the spark to ravage the land in civil war The only thing I could do was float away in the text

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There he emerges years later and his life changes again dramatically as he circles toward 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 a. Our lives aren t only ours There are plenty of fantasy books that take us along the from zero to hero path River of Stars is similar but the ingenious variation comes with the fact that the personal development of the hero is accompanied by a grand scale devolution of his country If you expect a happy ending you got a wrong book River of Stars is a companion novel to Under Heaven and together they form kind of a duology inasmuch as they are set in the same alternative version of China but where Under Heaven talked about an empire in its heyday River of Stars takes us to a sad and diminished ruin of the former glory We are caught between the inescapable contrasts There is no an easy way out The Twelfth Dynasty of Kitai is shrunken and rotten and can repeat after Livy one of my favourite uotes We can endure neither our vices nor their cure The devolution does not concern merely the material but it affects the spirit first of all and as the reader wades through the symptoms of this decay it will be apparent how this slow poison spreads and how it affects the men and women of the empire It is evil mixed with incompetence mixed with desperation mixed with honourable intentions The result is chilling You d expect that this is where the MC steps in You are right But you are also wrongMr Kay is known if not renowned for his perfect characterisation of even secondary and tertiary protagonists River of Stars is not different in this regard the problem is that we do not really have primary secondary or tertiary figures because the leading ones do not have the narrative monopoly To the contrary their voices are uire rare and we see the story unfolding through a wide array of individuals some of whom appear sparkle and vanish some stay with us longer even if they linger on the margins The intensity of this way of telling the story results in the fact that both male and female MCs become guests in their own tale Ren Daiyan is a great hero But not such a great protagonist My main problem is that he has been born to make all those great things he did There is no development to him or in him He does not need to grow he needs to persevere He himself admits that It was as if the choice had been made for him he was only the agency of its working Well let me tell you I was furious For once what kind of choice is it if you know you were born to be wild great But also because all the important moments on the forking path of his life were skipped and some only were later referred to in the retrospect How frustratingly exasperating particularly the first and never properly explained one The female counterpart Lin Shan was interesting mostly because she was threading a lonely path of an unorthodox eccentric among the meek and domesticated females of her time Not an extraordinary beauty weird that for Mr Kay but a nice change usually disliked by women overeducated and altogether too clever I could empathise Her path her marriage her choices these were well conceived and even better written Evidently Mr Kay experiments with telling the story on many different levels This way of narrative and meta narrative and then something in between did not resonate with me fully Also as I ve been trying to tell you he experiments with the use of parentheses The book enticed me and drew me in but then lost me somewhere in the middle forgive me Father of All Books I had even thought of skimming only to grind me to incoherent pieces in the end In spite of my numerous misgivings most of them you will find in what has uickly landed on my personal list of the best reviews on Goodreads I was annihilated and offended both by that ending The catharsis never came It is not necessary to read the previous book although I d recommend it especially that there is a nice crossover across time because the predecessor is in my opinion slightly better Where it begins Under Heaven


10 thoughts on “River of Stars

  1. says:

    What is it to fall out of love? It is has been a long time since I’ve done it and so I don’t remember From what I recall it was something unconscious for a long time Something in your turn of phrase in the explanations that you seek out and find the articles you share and how often you choose to go to bed

  2. says:

    444 I just finished and honestly this book has left me completely depressed Almost than the second Malazan and this is saying something because that one had me crying for days The complete helplessness of regular people an

  3. says:

    I feel cheated I hate these wishy washy anti climactic Kay endings and the wishy washy over virtuous flat characters but th

  4. says:

    “Our lives aren’t only ours”There are plenty of fantasy books that take us along the “from zero to hero” path “

  5. says:

    A seuel in terms of setting and history if not character or plot River of Stars sees Guy Gavriel Kay return to the Chinese inspired world of Under Heaven It's a book that can be enjoyed by new readers as a standalone volume but one which holds added significance for readers already familiar with the firstAs a f

  6. says:

    With every Kay book I read I'm tempted to say 'This is the best one yet' River of Stars is no exception It may be only the fact that it is fresh

  7. says:

    Returning to Kay's richly drawn worlds is like falling into poetry extensively researched history and the becoming one with the horrors that beset these wonderful contemporary protagonistsI'm tempted to call this silkpunk but I must admit there is almost no fantasy and definitely no SF in it Instead it is just an immersive look at what could be the Song Dynasty 400 years after the original novel Under Heaven that resembled the Tan

  8. says:

    45 Stars Review also posted at The BiblioSanctumBecause I've read and enjoyed Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven I became intrigued and very excited when I first found out about River of Stars Set in the same universe and timeline but approximately four centuries after the events of the first book this isn't truly a seuel and can definitely be read as a standalone Still in my humble opinion it wouldn't hurt to re

  9. says:

    TornWhat do I say about this book? The trends that I hoped were an aberration in Under Heaven seem to have increased and not waned I read the book it was well enough written but there was no magic no sense of intimacy no prose that made me want to stay on a page indefinitelyLike Under Heaven the scope of the canvas was enormous; the dilemmas faced by the characters seemed less poignant and inevitable In addition the distance placed between

  10. says:

    of Stars is the twelfth novel by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay and is based loosely on twelfth century China during the Song Dynasty Like many of his works Kay weaves historical names places and events into a fictional tapestry tha

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