In a setting that evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of eighth-century China, an unforgettable story of honour, treachery, and love vividly brought to life by the acclaimed novelist Guy Gavriel Kay.
To honour the memory of his recently deceased father, a celebrated general who led the forces of the empire in its last great war twenty years before, Shen Tai has spent the two years of official mourning alone at the isolated battlefield, burying as many of the unnumbered dead as he can. At night Tai can hear the ghosts moan and stir, and occasionally, when one voice falls silent, he knows it belongs to someone he has laid to rest. But as Tai prepares for his return home, he receives news of an overwhelming gift--one that can change his life. As he heads east to the glittering capital and court, he must gather his wits to face the deadly intrigues that lie ahead.
GUY GAVRIEL KAY is the author of thirteen novels (most recently Children of Earth and Sky), and a book of poetry. He has written book reviews and social and political commentary for the National Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada, and The Guardian in England. Translations of his books have appeared in thirty languages and have been on bestseller lists in many countries. Kay has spoken and read on behalf of his publishers and at literary events around the world. He was been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.
Visit his website at www.brightweavings.com. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
"Under Heaven is virtually everything a reader could want in a book."--The Globe and Mail
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"The novel you'll want for your summer vacation."--The Washington Post
"Rich, compelling and powerful."--Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick)