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on April 27, 2010
It feels wrong on many levels to review a novel by Guy Gavriel Kay, as he is a writer of a such skill, talent and dedication. Really, who am I to evaluate his work? But as a reader it's good to know what you will enjoy vs. what you will not.

Simply put, if you have ever enjoyed a Guy Gavriel Kay novel you will not only enjoy this one, you will be glad that he wrote it. Guy exploded onto the fantasy novel scene with the Fionavar Tapestry series, and followed it up with the masterfull "Tiganna". It would be hard for any author to reach those heights reliably and repeatedly. But he managed it again with "The Lions of Al Rassan" and perhaps somewhat less successfully with "A Song for Arbonne". But as a reader I felt dissappointed with "Last Light of the Sun" and "Ysabel". While they retained the poetry expected of GGK they lacked the immediacy of his earlier work. They were poetic as expected, but the pacing seemed off, the stories somehow less gripping. Reading them was like watching a movie that was beautifully shot but where nothing of real substance takes place.

But with "Under Heaven" Guy is able to present us with a story that is both poetic AND immediate. It's complex but accessible, substantial. Truly a pleasure to read. Enjoy.
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on February 7, 2013
I should have bought this book new as I have most of the books by this author on my shelf.
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on May 7, 2010
Another great book from Toronto-based author, Guy Gavriel Kay. This work delves into a treacherous political milieu based off medieval Japan. With excellent character development, haunting language, and vivid imagery, you won't be disappointed. Just another reason why Canada is proving itself to be a hot spot for speculative fiction...

Helen Marshall
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