"If you’re a fantasy reader you’re likely familiar with some of the blockbusters of the genre like the series of Tolkien, Jordan, and more recently Martin. You might even know a fair few less ubiquitous fantasy books and series, as well. What most of these authors and books have in common is a shared Western heritage and the accompanying cliches and tropes. Enter: Ken Liu and The Grace of Kings. An achievement in any context, this book revitalized fantasy for me at a point where I thought I’d experienced most of what the genre had to offer. Ken Liu brings a non-Western take on the world-building and mythmaking that good fantasy requires, and shapes his many characters in ways that I am glad to say that I have far too little experienced. If you want to experience fantasy for the first time again, read this book (and perhaps the next as well)."
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by NPR.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.