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An innovative story of honor and power from the award-winning author of Ysabel.

In Under Heaven, Kay tells a story of honor and power, this time in a setting that evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of eighth-century China.

In recognition of his service to the Empe...

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  • Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Publish Date: 2011-05-03
  • Book Awards


    Nominated for 2 (2 unique awards)
  • 1 Locus Fantasy
  • 1 World Fantasy Awards

  • Book Award Years
    2011 Locus Fantasy Nominated: Under Heaven
    2011 World Fantasy Award Nominated: Under Heaven

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    Reviews/Comments On Under Heaven


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    By: Meles
    2015-04-08 09:13:36

    At first it takes some time to digest the new characters and culture, but then the very intricate plot just takes off and you can't put these two books down. Dynastic intrigue combined with the historical basis for these novels fascinates.

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    By: Roo Bear
    2015-06-23 04:51:45

    I can't possibly agree on this. There's no question that Kay deserves to be on the list, but Under Heaven was one of his most disappointing books (not just my opinion, goodreads seems to back this up). First time readers of Kay should start with the Lions of Al Rassan or the Sailing to Sarantium series, both of which are substantially more impressive.

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    2015-07-25 09:57:43

    This was one bad book in my opinion.
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    Reading Under Heaven was a transporting experience. It is one of my favorite fantasies because it completely envelops the reader in the rich culture of ancient China at a time of change. The opening chapters alone make the book worth reading - how do we atone for the sins of the past? How do we reconcile the beauty (in every culture) with the terrible effects of grasping for power, greed, cruelty, and indifference to suffering. River of Stars did not have the same power for me, but I have gone on to read many others by Kaye and found the stories and his writing leave an indelible haunting impression.

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    2015-11-11 04:56:35

    I would rate it #5 - I would reread it in a heartbeat. I recently read Amercan Gods by Neil Gaiman and it is undeniably a powerful story that explores many themes. But I do not see myself ever rereading it - but the again it will haunt me for quite some time.

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    This is a solid book from a master fantasy author but Tigana was more entertaining and an overall better read IMO.

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