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In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power.
Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.
It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles. In recognition of his labors and his filial piety, an unlikely source has sent him a dangerous gift: 250 Sardian horses.
You give a man one of the famed Sardian horses to reward him greatly. You give him four or five to exalt him above his fellows, propel him towards rank, and earn him jealousy, possibly mortal jealousy. Two hundred and fifty is an unthinkable gift, a gift to overwhelm an emperor.
Wisely, the gift comes with the stipulation that Tai must claim the horses in person. Otherwise he would probably be dead already...
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Review: Under Heaven (Under Heaven #1)User Review - GEPL Staff Picks - Goodreads
You can feel the influence of Tang Dynasty poetry in Guy Gavriel Kay's lovely writing. I had to keep stopping in the beginning and appreciate his beautiful descriptions! This is a historically based ... Read full review
Review: Under Heaven (Under Heaven #1)User Review - Lisa Schmeiser - Goodreads
I bought this novel and downloaded it to my Kindle on the day I was scheduled to have a c-section. I figured that medical establishments are not exactly famed for alacrity, so I'd be able to read one ... Read full review