Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

As I have already mentioned I am a total book-worm and have decided from now on I will review all the books I read.  I am delighted that Under Heaven is the first book I am reviewing.  I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of Under Heaven from Voyager Books via twitter.  It is due for release on 29th April.

The characters and storyline of Under Heaven captivated me from beginning to end.  Set in 8th Century China this epic novel is very accomplished.  The four parts take you on quite a journey with beautiful written prose throughout.  I have to highly recommend it.  Without saying too much (as I have tried to check with Voyager if ok to review but no reply yet?) I would say it was like a perfect evening.  All the elements are there, eventually leaving you with an extremely satisfied feeling and the desire to go back and rediscover it all again.

Under Heaven has also I am glad to say got me out of a rut. Without realising I have in recent years tended to stick to the same kind of genres.  Under Heaven is not something I would have discovered in a book store because I probably wouldn’t have even looked in that section.  I am happy to say though that I will be definitely looking to broaden my reading choices from now on.  

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