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Interview: Ken Liu on The Dandelion Dynasty series

'I have the theory that good stories are more important than good institutions.'
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Publisher's Summary

With the invasion of Dara complete, and the Wall of Storms breached, the world has opened to new possibilities for the gods and peoples of both empires as the sweeping saga of the award-winning Dandelion Dynasty continues in this third book of the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR).

Princess Théra, once known as Empress Üna of Dara, entrusted the throne to her younger brother in order to journey to Ukyu-Gondé to war with the Lyucu. She has crossed the fabled Wall of Storms with a fleet of advanced warships and 10,000 people. Beset by adversity, Théra and her most trusted companions attempt to overcome every challenge by doing the most interesting thing. But is not letting the past dictate the present always possible or even desirable? 

In Dara, the Lyucu leadership as well as the surviving Dandelion Court bristle with rivalries as currents of power surge and ebb and perspectives spin and shift. Here, parents and children, teachers and students, Empress and Pékyu, all nurture the seeds of plans that will take years to bloom. Will tradition yield to new justifications for power? 

Everywhere, the spirit of innovation dances like dandelion seeds on the wind, and the commoners, the forgotten, the ignored begin to engineer new solutions for a new age. Ken Liu returns to the series that draws from a tradition of the great epics of our history from the Aeneid to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and builds a new tale unsurpassed in its scope and ambition. 

©2021 Ken Liu. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Epic in scope

Ken Liu is one of the best modern fiction writers. He builds a world and continues to expand on it in great detail. I love the character development and the prose he writes.

Michael Kramer breathes life into this beautiful narrative of a war between two people.

I cannot wait for the finale of the series.

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Exactly as expected and Not!

Left me disappointed and confused wondering why I was so excited about this book.

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Better Than Previous Installment

This was quite a pleasant surprise for me, having listened to the first two so long ago, and, for some reason, highly suspicious of the notion this could be, in any sense, well... Good!

It was... It truly was. Do yourself a favor and add this to your library