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River of Stars

Guy Gavriel Kay

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In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China's Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, bandits and soldiers, nomadic invasions, and a woman battling in her own way, to find a new place for women in the world - a world inspired this time by the glittering, decadent Song Dynasty. Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life-in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws. From there he emerges years later-and his life changes again, dramatically, as he circles towards the court and emperor, while war approaches Kitai from the north. Lin Shan is the daughter of a scholar, his beloved only child. Educated by him in ways young women never are, gifted as a songwriter and calligrapher, she finds herself living a life suspended between two worlds. Her intelligence captivates an emperor-and alienates women at the court. But when her father's life is endangered by the savage politics of the day, Shan must act in ways no woman ever has. In an empire divided by bitter factions circling an exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more than the burdens of governing, dramatic events on the northern steppe alter the balance of power in the world, leading to events no one could have foretold, under the river of stars.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

20h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:30


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

49:26


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

01:12:37


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

30:38


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

53:52


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

39:03


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

49:05


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

29:39


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

36:59


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

42:22


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

34:12


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

34:21


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

01:00:58


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

34:55


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

30:01


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

47:09


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

46:57


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

31:06


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

33:23


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

37:39


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

45:19


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

35:21


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

38:00


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

33:08


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

34:53


Part 5, Chapter 25
Part 5, Chapter 25

53:01


Part 5, Chapter 26
Part 5, Chapter 26

33:42


Part 5, Chapter 27
Part 5, Chapter 27

45:19


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

35:53


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

44:08


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

55:30


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

00:31