Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars takes place in a fantasy version of the medieval China's Song Dynasty. The two main characters, Lin Shan and Lu Chen are based on poets, Li Quingzhao and Su Shi. As a result, poetry from the period is beautifully interspersed throughout the narrative. Art, politics and the escaping of fate is all part of the adventure and Kay pulls in readers with the way he describes the obsessions of his characters--their romantic pursuits, alliances and everyday affairs that can make or devastate a life.
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