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Waiting On Wednesday #6

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

Set For Release On: April, 2013 

Summary From Goodreads:

In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, bandits and soldiers, nomadic invasions, and a woman battling in her own way, to find a new place for women in the world – a world inspired this time by the glittering, decadent Song Dynasty.

Ren Daiyan was still just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life—in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai among the outlaws. From there he emerges years later—and his life changes again, dramatically, as he circles towards the court and emperor, while war approaches Kitai from the north.

Lin Shan is the daughter of a scholar, his beloved only child. Educated by him in ways young women never are, gifted as a songwriter and calligrapher, she finds herself living a life suspended between two worlds. Her intelligence captivates an emperor—and alienates women at the court. But when her father’s life is endangered by the savage politics of the day, Shan must act in ways no woman ever has.

In an empire divided by bitter factions circling an exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more than the burdens of governing, dramatic events on the northern steppe alter the balance of power in the world, leading to events no one could have foretold, under the river of stars.


I’ll be honest, I’m a sucker when it comes to doing a twist on parts of history and this is no exception. The Song Dynasty? Yes please! A young woman having to overcome obstacles and battle the powers that be? Tell me more! This sounds fascinating to me and I can’t wait for April so that I can read it! ^.^

Does River of Stars sound appealing to you? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! 🙂

47 responses

  1. Cecilia @ rather barefoot than bookless

    Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing!
    My wow

    November 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

  2. I like twists on history too. This sounds really unique!
    My WOW

    November 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

  3. I like alternate history genre. I don’t know how I did not spot this one before. Thanks for featuring it. 🙂

    Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams
    Check out what I am waiting for this Wednesday…

    November 7, 2012 at 2:55 am

  4. Yeah, it sounds amazing! I still haven’t read Under Heaven, hopefully I’ll finally read it soon 🙂 and this one when it will be published, too! Great WoW!

    November 7, 2012 at 3:19 am

  5. Ooh what a gorgeous cover! Thanks for sharing this one – it looks amazing.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

  6. What a great cover. Nice pick..

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever’s WoW

    November 7, 2012 at 6:22 am

  7. Jessica@a GREAT read

    OOh interesting! This one is new to me!

    Here’s my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    November 7, 2012 at 7:05 am

  8. Wow thanks for sharing this one, it sounds amazing! Love the cover =)

    Thanks for stopping by Our WoW for the week =)

    November 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

  9. This sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    November 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

  10. This sounds great. I love the concept and cover.

    November 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

  11. Oooooo, this looks very different from what I usually read! But I’m always looking for new branches to take in books! 😀 I like the cover of it though!

    Thanks for visiting my WoW

    November 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

  12. Thanks for stopping by my WoW! That cover is amazing!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

  13. I haven’t heard of this one before,so thanks for sharing and visiting my blog!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  14. Interesting pick! I love asian-inspired stories, I might have to put this one on my list. Thanks for stopping by my WoW by the way 🙂

    November 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  15. Wow! This does sound great! I love the cover, too! Thanks so much for stopping by my WoW – Happy Reading 🙂

    November 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  16. I binge on books like these sometimes. Oriental based stories are always intriguing and very unique.

    Thanks for stopping by our WoW!

    November 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  17. This is a new one for me I haven’t seen this one around before and I love the cover. Thanks for sharing!

    November 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  18. Cathy @ Addicted to Books

    that’s a really interesting cover. thanks for stopping by today

    November 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  19. Ow wow, this sounds incredible! I hadn’t heard of it until now. I love the cover too. Brilliant pick! 🙂

    November 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  20. sqt

    I’ve got a couple of Guy Gavriel Kay titles lying around and I’ve been meaning to read them forever. Looks like I have another one to add to the list. Thanks for stopping by!

    November 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  21. This one is not for me but I hope you enjoy reading it. Nice pick!
    Come check out my WOW post.

    November 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  22. This sounds interesting indeed! I’ve never heard of the book or the author before. I like how both characters are caught in-between two warring worlds. Thanks for pointing it out to me, and for stopping by my blog earlier 🙂

    November 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  23. This sounds epic. I do love a good twist on history ! Awesome pick

    November 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  24. Another really cool cover 😀

    Jaime @ Two Chicks On Books

    November 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  25. As a Chinese person myself, I feel an obligation to try this one out. It does seem really fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

  26. Great pick! I haven’t heard of this one yet but it sounds really interesting. Definitely will check it out!
    Thanks for visiting my post!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  27. After reading that description this book definitely has my attention! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    November 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  28. Wow! Interesting pick! I haven’t heard of this one. The cover looks really interesting. Great pick!
    Stop by MY WOW?
    ❤ Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

    November 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  29. It does sound pretty cool! One of the best aspects I love about book is the potential they have to let us learn about other cultures. Though this sounds like fiction, I’m sure some of the author’s research is still shining through.

    November 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  30. Sounds interesting. It’s new to me but definitely one I’d enjoy.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  31. Twists in history, retelling and whatnot are always attention-grabbing. This is pretty cool.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

    November 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  32. Oooh – I’ll have to check out Under Heaven before picking up this one!

    – Jessica @ Book Sake

    November 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

  33. Thanks for stopping by my WoW. I’ve never heard of this one before!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    November 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  34. This sounds fantastic! I haven’t read any of his books but I will be adding River of Stars to my TBR list.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  35. I’ve never heard of this book before, but it sure sounds interesting! I’m a sucker for historical books with twists, too, just as long as they’re good. 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    November 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  36. I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, returning some of the love <3.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

  37. Nice pick. This looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  38. Haven’t heard of this one before. I hope you enjoy it when you read it! Thanks for stopping by.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:34 am

  39. Sounds interesting. But I don’t think it my type of read.
    I hope you enjoy this one, though.
    Thanks for droppin by my WoW!

    Michelle Shouts Random

    November 8, 2012 at 3:29 am

  40. There are so many books I’m adding to my TBR list this week… Why must they all sound so good?

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW 😀

    November 8, 2012 at 5:27 am

  41. I’ve heard good things about Charles De Lint! He’s on my list, but I’m planning to start with one of his older books. 🙂 Hope this rocks. It’s awesome that it’s set in the Song Dynasty; I haven’t encountered many books in that era.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:50 am

  42. I haven’t read Under Heaven, but this one sounds like I’d enjoy it…I’ll have to check that one out, too. Thanks for stopping by my blog

    November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  43. This looks interesting, thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

    November 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

  44. I love these sorts of books, putting a twist on history! Thank you for sharing, I don’t think I would’ve come across this book otherwise!

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW. 🙂

    November 9, 2012 at 3:53 am

  45. velvetmorning82

    Boohoo me why i dont read those kind of books?I feel bad i dont even know which genre this belong too 😦

    Here is Mine

    November 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

  46. Great pick 😀 Seems like a great book 😉 Hope you’ll enjoy it. ❤
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. ❤
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

    November 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

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