New book by Guy Gavrial Key, set in ancient China, coming out in April!

I just read at Fantasy Book Review (a UK site) that Guy Gavriel Kay has a new book coming out in April that sounds rather nice.

That's the UK cover at left; the US cover is rather attractive, but de-personed, which is a pity viz the paucity of People of Color on fantasy covers.

It's apparently "An epic historical adventure set in a pseudo 8th century China....Under Heaven is a novel of heroes, assassins, concubines and emperors set against a majestic and unforgiving landscape."

I've been thinking of Guy Gavriel Kay a lot recently, because reviews of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (a book I want to read) have been appearing at various blogs I frequent, and "brightly woven" (meaning "good job" or "excellent!") is a phrase that pops up all the time in the Fionavar Tapestry (a trilogy of Kay's books from the mid eighties).

In general, I can take or leave Kay, and haven't, in fact, read his most recent book, Ysabel. That being said, images and words from Tigana (1990) are stuck in my mind forever (in this case, a good thing) so I shall look for Under Heaven with guarded optimism. And add Ysabel to my tbr list, now that I'm reminded of it again.


  1. I'm a big fan of Kay's work, but I don't think I'll be able to read this one until it's out in paperback simply because I'm on a tight reading deadline right now. Still, he'll be in my city at the end of April to promote it, and I'll be there. I hope he's willing to sign copies of his other books, too; TIGANA is my absolute favourite book, and I'd love to get it signed.

  2. I haven't read any of Kay's books but this one looks interesting!

  3. Kay is an author I've been meaning to read for a while now. This upcoming book sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Woot! Huge Kay fan here, so this is most wonderful news!


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