Waiting On Wednesday - River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay 

In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, bandits and soldiers, nomadic invasions, and a woman battling in her own way, to find a new place for women in the world – a world inspired this time by the glittering, decadent Song Dynasty.

Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life—in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws. From there he emerges years later—and his life changes again, dramatically, as he circles towards 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 at 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 exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more 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 stars. (Apr 2, 2013)

Next to Sanderson & Jordan's concluding epic, A Memory of Light, this is easily my most anticipated read of 2013. I've been a Kay fan since first discovering his Fionavar Tapestry back in high school, and my fellow Canadian has never disappointed.


  1. OOoh that one looks intriguing! Haven't heard of that one before!

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  2. First time I've heard of the title and author. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! Looks interesting!

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  4. I have been meaning to read "Under Heaven," but maybe I'll have to jump to "River of Stars" because it sounds so good.

    1. Under Heaven is definitely a long read, but well worth the effort. The opening scene is one of the best I've read in a very long time. Having said that, the paperback is still sitting half-finished beside bed - it's my go-to pleasure read when I need a break.

  5. Yes this is one will definitely be one of the best fantasy books in 2013. Can't wait. Great pick! :)
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  6. Sounds like an exciting read, nice pick.


  7. I haven't heard of you pick before but I hope you enjoy reading the book when it comes out. Nice pick!
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  8. It definitely seems interesting and engaging. I'm sure you would gain some good knowledge out of it as well. Great pick! My WoW. New follower :D

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  9. This sounds so interesting! I am definitely interested in this. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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