The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty)

By Ken Liu

Males insurgent jointly opposed to tyranny—and then turn into rivals—in this primary sweeping booklet of an epic myth sequence from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and international fable awards. Hailed as the most effective books of 2015 by means of NPR.

Wily, fascinating Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, appear like polar opposites. but, within the rebellion opposed to the emperor, the 2 fast develop into the simplest of pals after a sequence of adventures combating opposed to large conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. as soon as the emperor has been overthrown, even if, they every one locate themselves the chief of separate factions—two aspects with very various principles approximately how the area could be run and the which means of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and motion will discover a new sequence to include within the Dandelion Dynasty.

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Mapidéré trembled. “Do you're thinking that i'll stand through and do not anything? ” Mapidéré seemed again and observed that the thunderous, sonorous voice belonged to Kiji, who had additionally come to existence. The statue took a breakthrough and the floor quaked underneath Mapidéré. The Mingén falcon took off from his shoulder and rotated over the statues of the gods; Kana and Rapa’s ravens took off additionally and cried challengingly on the falcon. “Have you forgotten our pact? ” acknowledged Rapa, whose voice used to be melli­fluous, cool, harmonious, yet no much less strong than her sister’s. She and Kana have been as a long way aside as ice and fireplace, but as shut as sleep and dying. “I’m now not the single agitating for extra bloodshed,” stated Kiji. He lifted his left hand, which was once lacking a pinkie, put the index and center arms into his mouth, and whistled. The Mingén falcon, nonetheless looking at balefully on the ravens, reluctantly back to his shoulder. “Xana has emerged effective. The time for battle is over. Mapidéré has introduced peace, despite the fact that a lot you'll dislike him. ” The statue of Fithowéo of Rima, a lean, muscular guy in leather-based armor sporting an extended spear with an obsidian tip, shifted and spoke subsequent. “Taking away men’s guns won't deliver peace. They’ll struggle with sticks and stones, and the teeth and nail. Mapidéré’s is a peace supported in basic terms by means of worry, as safe as a nest equipped on a rotten department. ” Mapidéré despaired on the phrases of Lord Fithowéo, the god of the search, of metals and stone, and battle and peace. The emperor regarded into the god’s eyes, the chilly, darkish obsidian from Mount Fithowéo, and observed no compassion. His pawi, the wolf, howled to accompany the tip of his master’s rumbling speech. Fithowéo bared his tooth at Kiji and set free a bloodcurdling warfare cry. “Do now not mistake my restraint for weakness,” acknowledged Kiji. “It has been eons for the reason that my falcon pecked out your eyes and also you needed to substitute them with stones. do you want to adventure blindness back? ” “Listen to the way you speak! ” Kana’s discordant laughter made Kiji wince. “The final time we fought I singed off all of the hair in your head and your beard so you now need to make do with those ridiculous sideburns. I’d feel free to depart you a few deeper scars—” “—or make you lose greater than simply your pinkie from frostbite,” acknowledged Rapa. Her attractive, chilly voice made the danger look much more scary. Mapidéré fell to the floor and scrambled away on his fingers and knees to the statue of Rufizo of Faça, lord of existence, therapeutic, and eco-friendly pastures. He grabbed an important toe with either his fingers, however the chilly steel supplied no convenience. “Lord Rufizo,” Mapidéré cried out, “protect me! cease this strife between your siblings. ” Rufizo was once a tall, lanky younger guy donning a cape of eco-friendly ivy. His unhappy eyes got here to existence, and he shook his foot rigorously, putting off Mapidéré like a mud clod. He stepped among Kiji, Fithowéo, and the Twins and spoke in a voice as mild and soothing because the swimming pools fed via Rufizo Falls, whose water was once sizzling 12 months around, preserving within sight pastures eco-friendly regardless of the chilly weather of the Faça Highlands.

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