Author(s): Ken Liu
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. 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.
'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. 'Liu seamlessly blends philosophy and politics with tense battles and compelling action. The silk-punk, Chinese-inspired setting is a breath of fresh air. Sad, funny, poignant and addictive, this book will leave a lasting impression on the genre' SFX. 'A triumph in storytelling' Starburst Magazine. 'A fascinating start to the silk punk Dandelion Dynasty series providing multi-layered fantasy with an additional take on transposed Ancient Chinese history' Bookbag.
Ken Liu's short stories have won a Nebula, two Hugos, a World Fantasy Award and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award. THE GRACE OF KINGS is his first novel. He is also the translator of Cixin Liu's Hugo winning THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM. Find out more at kenliu.name; tweet him at @kyliu99.