Under heaven is a famous novel which is written by a popular Canadian author named Guy Gavriel key. It is the 11th novel written by Guy Gavriel Key and it was published in 2010 April by Viking Canada. It is the novel specially written to satisfy all the fantasy lovers and the author started writing this novel after getting an inspiration towards the tang dynasty belonging to ancient China and this novel is said to be a successful re – imagination of author about ancient China. Here is the descriptive synopsis of this particular novel Under Heaven which explains the fantasy involved in it and in turn it will absolutely induce the readers to enter into the Tang dynasty of ancient china by simply reading the whole book.
Brief summary about – Under Heaven
Shen Tai plays the lead role and he is the second son of the renowned general Kitai. He obtains a lavish gift which is Sardian horses prized 250 from the great Kitan empress which is the neighboring Empire of Taguran. He receives it as an honour for his excellent work which is burying the dead bodies of both the sides in a battle ground which is located far west of the Kitai. Even though it is an extraordinary gift, Shen is threatened with this gift and it provokes to engulf Shen Tai towards the dynastic and political struggles which access the great powerful figures living in Kitai. By escaping from an assassination along with the keen assistance of the unburied ghosts, Shen moves away from the battle ground which is located on the western frontier and he goes to the Xinan capital which is being protected by a female warrior of Kanlin, Wei song. The other part of the novel revolves around the Shen’s sister Li – Mei who is pushed to the north in order to marry a leader of the northern Bogu and to make advancements in the career interest of her older brother Shen Liu. Shen Tai finally determines a way for himself and this involved creating choices among the personal and family and also the imperial needs. But his choices became more perilous because Kitai is then convulsed by the military rebellion which threatens the entire ruling dynasty. In a situation Shen Tai moves towards southwest in order to claim the saradian horses, but he elects to come back to his own home instead of taking the horses by himself to the destructive embattled Shinzu Emperor. Finally, Shen is been reunited to his family also along with Shen Li – Mei and Shen Tai decides to marry Wei song and many reviews of the readers stated that it is the best ending found in this fantasy novel.
Main themes involved The entire novel weaves with the themes of loss, honour, chance and also friendship in the world which is still being haunted with magical deeds. Also reviews say that this novel carries a delightful and inspiring Taoist theme throughout the story. The clear message which the novel tries to make the readers understand is that the time of mankind is transitory and the attempting to make permanence is really futile. Altogether this novel will be a good meal for the book readers and if this novel book is found missing in your shelf, it’s good time to buy it from Amazon site.