Under Heaven

Guy Gavriel Kay, Author . Roc $25.95 (573p) ISBN 978-0-451-46330-2

Historical fantasist Kay (Ysabel ) delivers an exquisitely detailed vision of Kitan, a land much like Tang Dynasty China. Shen Tai's father died leading troops in battle, so he spends his mourning year burying the bones of soldiers on both sides, laying their ghosts to rest. He attracts the attention of Cheng-wan, a princess of his people sent to wed one of the enemy. As her gifts make Shen Tai wealthy, an assassin kills his best friend. Shen Tai hires a bodyguard, Wei Song, to keep him alive while he figures out what to do with his riches and who wants him dead. Kay writes deftly of women who are sexually suborned by their societies, neither minimizing their constraints nor denying their agency, and the complex intrigues of poets, prostitutes, ministers, and soldiers evolve into a fascinating, sometimes bloody, and entirely believable tale. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/29/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 608 pages - 978-0-451-46389-0
Hardcover - 573 pages - 978-0-00-734201-3
Open Ebook - 592 pages - 978-1-101-18700-5
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-101-40359-4
Paperback - 576 pages - 978-0-00-734210-5
Hardcover - 592 pages - 978-0-670-06809-8
Paperback - 592 pages - 978-0-14-319408-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 736 pages - 978-0-14-316875-1
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