Thursday, August 15, 2013
Review: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Kay has always been interested in how history shapes the characters in his story, so I found it particularly fascinating how the two central characters are shaped by events that occurred hundreds of years earlier in his previous novel Under Heaven. Kay's characters and world-building are phenomenal and very much intertwined. The reader is introduced to the history and culture through various characters points of view which works better and much more seamlessly than the info-dumping some other authors have been guilty of. It amazes me how quickly Kay can bring a minor character to life in minimal space.
Pacing is very well controlled throughout with a conclusion that had me pondering possibilities hours later.
Overall Kay,is as always, at his best. 9.25/10.