Author(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
Guy Gavriel Kay, bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, once again visits a world that evokes one that existed in our own past, this time the tumultuous period of Renaissance Europe-a world on the verge of war, where ordinary lives play out in the grand scheme of kingdoms colliding. From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates , a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the Grand Khalif at his request-and possibly to do more-and a beautiful oman, posing as a doctor's wife in her role of a spy. The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the clever younger son of a merchant family -with ambivalence about the life he's been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif-to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.
As these lives entwine, their fates-and those of many others-will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...
There's a reason that each new fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay is met with so much excitement by a core of devoted readers. These are books in which everything happens--epic battles, forbidden love, violent deaths--yet the threads of story inexorably tangle us in something that goes much deeper. Each book is a journey for the reader, compressed so that the level of intensity remains at the highest setting even in its quietest moments; and what happens on that journey can challenge your perceptions of the world and break your heart ... one of Kay's richest creations to date... Huffington Post on River of Stars Kay is a genius. I've read him all of my life and am always inspired by his work. You will love Under Heaven. -- Brandon Sanderson on Under Heaven The work of a master novelist in full command of his subject. Washington Post on River of Stars This is stunning stuff from one of fantasy fiction's finest. From one of fiction's finest, frankly. Tor.com on River of Stars An elegant, imaginative inhabitation of Song-dynasty China of 1,000 years ago by prolific historical novelist Kay ... Lucid and lyrical, and skillfully written... Kirkus Reviews on River of Stars Exquisitely rendered alternate historical fantasy...Students of Chinese literature will delight in allusions to Song Dynasty poetry and Chinese classics, and even casual readers will savor a flawed, complex culture, meticulously researched and recreated in powerful prose. Publishers Weekly on River of Stars Kay delivers an exquisitely detailed vision of a land much like Tang Dynasty China... the complex intrigues of poets, prostitutes, ministers and soldiers evolve into a fascinating, sometimes bloody, and entirely believable tale. Publishers Weekly, *starred review* on Under Heaven Meticulously researched yet seamlessly envisioned, the characters and culture present a timeless tale of filial piety and personal integrity. Library Journal, *starred review* on Under Heaven One of the best fantasy novels I have read. -- Anne NMcCaffery on TIGANA History and fantasy rarely come together as gracefully or readably as they do in the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay. The Washington Post Book World Kay shows why he's the heir to Tolkien's tradition' Booklist 'A richly sensuous fantasy world, full of evocative history, religions, folklore, local customs, and a magical rites...a bravura performance, nearly impossible to put dowN. Kirkus on TIGANA Kay has delievered such a magnificent conclusion - I can't praise it enough. THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY will be read and reread for many years to com' Fantasy Review 'Packed with action' The Times 'A brilliant and complex portrayal of good and evil. Publishers Weekly
Guy Gavriel Kay has published twelve novels which have been translated into more than 25 languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. He is also the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, Beyond This Dark House. His most recent work is River of Stars and his newest novel, Children of Earth and Sky will be published in May 2016. Before beginning his career as a novelist, Kay was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of The Silmarillion, the first and best-known of the posthumously published Tolkien works. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980, he has also been principal writer and associate producer for the CBC's award-winning crime-drama series, The Scales of Justice. Kay has twice won the Aurora Award, is a multiple World Fantasy Award nominee, and won that award in 2008 for Ysabel. He also won the Sunburst and Les Chevaux Celestes awards for Under Heaven, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize, presented in Mexico City, for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was invested with the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour. Kay's authorized website may be found at www.brightweavings.com. Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.