An epic historical adventure set in an alternate 8th century China, from the author of the 2008 World Fantasy winner, Ysabel. Under Heaven is a novel of heroes, assassins, concubines and emperors set against a majestic and unforgiving landscape.
Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada. In 1974-5 he spent a year in Oxford assisting Christopher Tolkien in his editorial construction of J R R Tolkien's posthumously published THE SILMARILLION. He took a law degree at the University of Toronto on his return to Canada and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto.
Praise for UNDER HEAVEN: 'An impressive, absorbing performance by one of fantasy's top writers' Daily Mail 'Kay delivers an exquisitely detailed vision of a land much like Tang Dynasty China! the complex intrigues of poets, prostitutes, ministers and soldiers evolve into a fascinating, sometimes bloody, and entirely believable tale' Publishers Weekly 'Part dynastic stuggle, part love story, part examination of duty versus personal freedom, UNDER HEAVEN boasts a complex plot replete with subterfuge and driven by well-drawn characters, Shen Tai himself being a particularly rich creation' SFX Magazine Praise for Guy Gavriel Kay: 'A fine, intelligent series. Probably the best of its kind' British Fantasy Society 'A remarkable achievement. The essence of high fantasy' Locus