A genuine masterpiece
The private interview between the hero and the prime minister
The heroine meets the poet.
I would not rename it.
"River of Stars" is a masterpiece. Because Kay writes historical fantasies, I doubt that he will gain the recognition he deserves as a truly great novelist. This work is a tapestry of richly individual characters, clashing cultures, battles and complex motives, all with an overarching theme of the place of the individual, both famous and unknown, in the process of history. I am reminded of Tolstoy, more than any other writer. but Tolstoy without the ridiculous lectures about freemasonry, and with a consistently gripping sequence of events. Let those who think I am overstating the case read the book, or listen to it.
The best Audiobook I have listened to (and I have listened to many)! The author catches the genuine cadence of the early 19th century, rarely lapsing into language Jane Austen would not have recognized and admired. There is a great deal of wit and an enormous amount of invention. The characters are subtle and complex, but clearly recognizable - we have met such people, though not in an England of rampant magic such as the authoress describes.
Those who expect confrontation or copulation on every page might prefer the book to have been shorter, and should probably avoid it altogether. I should have preferred that it never end.
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