River of Stars

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River of Stars
River of Stars bookcover.jpg
Hardcover edition
AuthorGuy Gavriel Kay
GenreFantasy/Historical novel
PublisherRoc Hardcover
Publication date
April 2013
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages656 pp.
Preceded byUnder Heaven 

River of Stars is the twelfth novel by Canadian fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay.[1] It was published in April 2013 by Roc Hardcover. It is Kay's second work set in an alternate history of China, taking place 400 years after his previous novel, Under Heaven. The novel is a fictionalized account of the beginning of the Jin–Song Wars during the Song Dynasty.[2]


Critical reception has been mostly positive.[3][4] The Washington Post rated the book favorably, writing that it was "a major accomplishment, the work of a master novelist in full command of his subject".[5] The A.V. Club gave a mostly favorable review, stating "The novel as a whole may not always succeed, but when it does, it’s astounding."[6]


  1. ^ "Book Review: River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay". National Post. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ "River of Stars (review)". Seattle Times. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  3. ^ Das, Indrapramit. "River of Stars (review)". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ Alexander, Niall. "Under Heaven, Everything is Different: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay". Tor.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ Sheehan, Bill. "'River of Stars,' by Guy Gavriel Kay (review)". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ Kaiser, Rowan. "River of Stars (review)". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 12 August 2014.