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Kay writes his books for the characters.
This is one of those novels that's so good, you'll occasionally close the book after finishing a chapter, just to enjoy and savor what you've read before moving on.
I like books like this that make you think about them (the story, the characters, and the writing) for days after you finish.
Not Kay's best, but still a great book. The characters are great, as is the world and atmosphere. He does a great job of capturing the images of ancient China. Read morePublished 15 days ago by AC
Kind of a yawn. Not really sure what the point was. Was it a milieu novel, intended (like Lord of the Rings) to immerse the reader in a strange and interesting world? Read morePublished 25 days ago by John D Browne
Pretty good, I love G.G.Kay and this is really touchingPublished 29 days ago by Francesco Alessio Ponzin
Superbly written. Kay is a delightful surprise if you have never encountered him before.Published 1 month ago by John V. Udell
Another amazing tour de force from Guy Gavriel Kay. When read just before his River of Stars novel that takes place in same reason a few centuries later, you begin to get a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Hopkins
I had never read Guy Gavriel Kay before but I after Under Heaven, I have a found a new favorite author. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was only disappointed that it was over. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet G. Herlihy
Fun distraction read and entertaining. Loved the otherworldly fantasy aspects of the story. Life and landscape of the steppe is vividly described. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rabidbooktraveler
After two-third of the book, the story was fast-forwarded and events were told by recollection. Really disappointing and not Kay-worthy.Published 4 months ago by Sim1andonly
There are the books we read for pure entertainment, and the books we read for heavy literary value. This is both.Published 4 months ago by S. Benhammou