Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Book title: Under Heaven

Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

Bibliographic entry Kay, G. G. (2010). Under heaven. Toronto, Canada: Penguin Group.
Description Tai is assigned the duty of burying the fallen soldiers of his kingdom in order to put their ghosts to rest.  This strange task takes him two years to complete and leads to a series of events that will forever change his destiny.  He is awarded 250 pricless horses and must take them across China to his home kingdom.
Reaction This tale is both historical and fantastical as Kay creates the supernatural setting in ancient China.  The story is epic and involves many key players to help Tai set his life right again.
Recommended age level Intermediate/Senior
Subjects/themes History, family, tradition, honour
Curriculum connections English: read a variety of student- and teacher-selected texts from diverse cultures and historical periods, identifying specific purposes for reading
Awards Won the Sunburst Award, for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic; nominated in the Best Novel category at the World Fantasy Awardsnominated for an Aurora Award, for best SF/Fantasy Novel.  Awarded June 2011; nominated for the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.
Miscellaneous Set 300 years later, Kay’s next novel River Under Stars will be released in 2013.

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