Talent sparkles in River of Stars

River of Stars. By Guy Gavriel Kay. HarperCollins, €23.90.

20th July, 2013
'Ci' poetry from China's Northern Song Dynasty period, as shown here, features in River of Stars.

If your idea of the perfect summer read is a sprawling saga of war, political manoeuvring, art and love in troubled times, Guy Gavriel Kay's latest novel could be just the ticket. As the Kitai dynasty (a fictionalised China) disintegrates, wars are fought, backs are stabbed, hearts are broken and rather a lot of poems are written.

Out of a cast of hundreds (there are 37 principal characters listed at the outset), the protagonists are...

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