books of the month join us on facebook eleanor oliphant
Search our site
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu Read the opening extract of the brand new Ming-Yi Wu book before its publication on 26/10/2017

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  

The Grace of Kings

Part of the The Dandelion Dynasty Series
Fantasy   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £8.99

Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

Highly Recommended.

Tolkien didn’t intend to set a blueprint for epic-fantasy with Lord of the Rings but, the many qualities of his trilogy notwithstanding, too often it seems like he did. Too much of fantasy has been set in a world that feels like medieval Europe. There are honourable exceptions and Ken Liu’s new fantasy is one of those. Set in a world that draws on the vast varieties of geography and culture that make up Asia, The Grace of Kings kicks off an epic fantasy series that feels original and promises to take us to many unexpected places. But there are familiar virtues in place here too. With an empire struggling to maintain its hold over the diverse lands it has subjugated, Liu presents a vast canvas. Into this are woven a vividly presented cast of wronged nobles, orphan children, slaves with little to lose and those who see the chaos growing around them as a chance to make everything. This a world traversed by fleets of airships and overseen by a pantheon of wily and unknowable gods. The narrative jumps from character to character and, as is often the case with these big epics, it sometimes feels like the story is taking a long time to come together but following the various threads, seeing how they will knot together and break apart, is half the fun and every episode brings something new. Liu is a neat prose stylist and often displays a flair for startling description. If you like the invention and freshness of the fantasies of Brandon Sanderson and Elizabeth Bear you’ll feel in good company with Ken Liu. ~ Simon Spanton

Synopsis

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Emperor Mapidere was the first to unite the island kingdoms of Dara under a single banner. But now the emperor is on his deathbed, his people are exhausted by his vast, conscriptive engineering projects and his counsellors conspire only for their own gain. Even the gods themselves are restless. A wily, charismatic bandit and the vengeance-sworn son of a deposed duke cross paths as they each lead their own rebellion against the emperor's brutal regime. Together, they will journey to the heart of the empire; witnessing the clash of armies, fleets of silk-draped airships, magical books and shapeshifting gods. Their unlikely friendship will drastically change the balance of power in Dara...but at what price? THE GRACE OF KINGS is the debut novel by Hugo-, Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winner Ken Liu and the first in an monumental new epic fantasy series.

Reviews

'Epic fantasy fans will enjoy this large-scale story of political strategy and skullduggery'
Publishers Weekly

'An instant classic. This is a debut novel to be reckoned with. Poetry on every page'
Hugh Howey

'By turns opulent, gritty, and inventive ... gives epic fantasy a much-needed breath of fresh air'
Saladin Ahmed

'Beyond ambitious in scope, The Grace of Kings may be daunting at first, but soon you are swept into a world of political intrigue, hopeless sieges and compelling characters. Liu seamlessly blends philosophy and politics with tense battles and compelling action ... Sad, funny, poignant and addictive, this book will leave a lasting impression on the genre'
SFX

'Ken Liu creates some vivid and detailed characters that will be loved by fantasy fans ... a fresh and original fantasy story ... A triumph in storytelling'
Starburst Magazine (rating: 9/10)

'A fascinating start to the silk punk Dandelion Dynasty series providing multi-layered fantasy with an additional take on transposed Ancient Chinese history
Bookbag

About the Author

Ken Liu

Ken Liu was born in China and moved to America at the age of 11. He read English at Harvard and studied law at Harvard Law School. He has won the Sturgeon, the Hugo (three times), the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Awards.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

2nd June 2016

Author

Ken Liu

More books by Ken Liu
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

kenliu.name/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Paperback
640 pages

Categories

Fantasy
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Fantasy

ISBN

9781784973230

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools