Under Heaven

Under Heaven

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Under Heaven is a fantasy novel by award-winning-author, Guy Gavriel Kay. Inspired by the Tang Dynasty in 8th-century China, it tells the story of army general Shen Tai as he deals with threats to his life.

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What the community says about Under Heaven

  • Kathy Cole
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "I couldn't put this book down. It is well written and keeps you interested."
  • Jerry Cooper
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "While I'm not extremely familiar with Guy Gavriel Kay novels I have read a few of them. I'd say Under Heaven is the best one I've had the chance to read so far. I really enjoyed the setting of 8th century China and the story managed to keep my attention throughout."
  • Linda Gibson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Novels like this are very difficult for me to understand. I wasn't very good at History in high school. Even then I decided I would give it a try and I love it, You have to read it and I am sure you will love it."
  • Gerald Nelson
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Mythology based in ancient china, great reviews"
  • Hannah Banks
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I absolutely loved the rarely explored setting of Under Heaven. I learned so much about 8th Century China--the author does a wonderful job incorporating true history with fantastical elements. The story is epic but many of the characters have flaws and make mistakes that keep the novel as a whole quite grounded."
  • Jing Zhu
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Author Guy Gavriel Kay is Canadian, living in Montreal, but the book is still very appealing for Americans. The book is set in ancient China which makes an interesting setting. It feels authentic, while telling an interesting story."
  • Lauren Alvarez
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "A decent novel, not one of his best though. Like all Kay's novels the reading flows well and the story generally progresses well. In this one however we feel like a casual observer, there is little tension building up and it seems as if Kay struggles with a culture a little bit too foreign for him. "
  • Ralph Soto
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Under Heaven has a very good reputation among fans of fantasy fiction. I couldn't get through the first couple chapters. It's boring and difficult to relate to."
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