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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

In the much-anticipated sequel to the "magnificent fantasy epic" (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders.

Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu Empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara - and chaos results.

But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara's savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.

©2016 Ken Liu. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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A new favorite!

A must read for readers searching for an epic Asian-inspired fantasy. The writing and world are breathtaking, and the characters are truly real.

I love this book.

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A tale of evil winning

Didn't end well! As children grow and parents betray the seemingly strong exposed as weak.

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Disappointment

Everything great about the 1st book is missing in the 2nd. I've never had such disappointment in a book that I had such anticipation for.

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Wow highly recommend

If you like game of thrones. Star Wars. Yea this one is for you. This is absolutely perfect sf. For me it was unpredictable the dynasty goes on and their is more to come. The gods are still at it and when you think their is no problem along comes one big one. Marshal Zindu is highly missed in this second novel of the dandelion dynasty. Cannot wait for the third

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A worthy successor to The Grace of Kings

What a great story! I can tell that Mr. Liu is playing the long game with this series. I have the sneaking suspicion that this series is going to be the next greatest epic Saga. Just a hunch though :D

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Much better than the first book!

In this one the author actually shows you what happens instead of describing important events well after the fact. His characterization is much better as well, and the plot truly took off. As with the first he deals with complex moral conundrums adroitly, and is able to argue well from multiple sides of the same problem. As always Michael Kramer brings life to the story in ultra high definition.

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what a magnificent story

it's hard to think of any story fact or fiction that is as well told as this story. every character has a rich background and gets the same level of attention as the main cast

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Liu is brilliant

The dandelion dynasty is worthy of your attention. It is a fascinating exploration of the nature of power, and those who hold it. Original, brilliant, and thought provoking.

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A epic that inspires and delights

Continuing the greatness from the 'Grace of King', this book wraps readers in its engaging lore and character building. The performance is stellar and the characters build the world so naturally.

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A stew of betrayal ,hubris, innovation & slaughter

It is the way of power to seduce. Few can resist it. I loved the ebbs and flows of fortune.I recoiled from the slaughter. Is the common man ever going to get a break. Liu's answer is that this has never been nor will it ever be .