Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy
Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.
It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general
serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his
late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of
one of his father's last great battles. In recognition of his labors and his
filial piety, an unlikely source has sent him a dangerous gift: 250 Sardian
horses. You give a man one of the famed Sardian horses to reward him greatly.
You give him four or five to exalt him above his fellows, propel him towards
rank, and earn him jealousy, possibly mortal jealousy. Two hundred and fifty is
an unthinkable gift, a gift to overwhelm an emperor. Wisely, the gift comes
with the stipulation that Tai must claim the horses in person. Otherwise he
would probably be dead already… Download and start listening now!