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The Grace of Kings (1) (The Dandelion Dynasty) (2015 original; edició 2015)

de Ken Liu (Autor)

Sèrie: Dandelion Dynasty (1)

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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, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.… (més)
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Títol:The Grace of Kings (1) (The Dandelion Dynasty)
Autors:Ken Liu (Autor)
Informació:Gallery / Saga Press (2015), Edition: First Editio, 640 pages
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One third in: Very long! Not enough female characters! Dandelion symbol is great! Takes off from ancient Chinese history but with flashes of Polynesia and Japan!

Finished with book: still think it's too long. I appreciate the development of the two main characters over their lifespan/experiences. But it was a slog. The author clearly also thought there needed to be more female characters and he worked some in. But none of the characters was as consistent and human (or even otherworldly) as I was hoping.

"The Grace of Kings" is what? Graceful movement, metaphorical or literal? Royal gift of forgiveness? I'm sad that the title didn't have a punch of meaning for me. Overall it was good history and myth repurposing. But the yarn lacked depth while having way too much length. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Set in the islands of Dara, Grace of Kings is similar to Game of Thrones: epic fantasy, with internecine battles, but with less fantasy. I think it was overly ambitious, especially from an author recognized for his short fiction. Just too many characters, places, etc., and truly no need for the plotline with the Gods.

Kuni Garu is a charming, clever, and caring bandit, who grows from nothing to become a rebel leader and political force. Mata Zyndu is from a noble but humbled family, and a ruthless gargantuan warrior. Mata would rather be trusted and obeyed than loved and admired, like Kuni. The two leaders become "brothers," but the pressures of war, Mata's insecurities, and their differing visions for Dara, break them apart, pitting them against each other for supremacy.

The two highlights of the book for me were: (1) secondary characters and (2) Liu's philosophical notes on warfare, the nature of conflict, human relationships, gender roles, how expectations can twist people, etc. There are so many brilliant secondary characters, it's hard to know which to highlight. Mata's Aunt Soto was perhaps my favorite, playing a small but important role in supporting Kuni. Jia and Risana are so much more than just wives and mothers, they are women who help to shape the course of history. Brothers Ratho and Dafiro Miro, who survive incredible odds, only to become key figures for opposing sides. Luan Zya and Gin Mazoti are the most admirable of ordinary people, but brilliant strategists both: one scholarly and philosophical and the other a pragmatist. Despite their widely disparate backgrounds, especially Gin's most humble one, they come together to help bring about an end to the islands' war. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
3.5 enjoyed it but not enough for me to carry on with the series, I just felt at times that some characters acted oddly to how there had acted before also the Gods didn't work for me ( )
  Eclipse777 | Jun 27, 2021 |
I enjoyed the writing style Ken Liu in his translation of the Chinese language Sci-Fi novel "The Three Body Problem" enough to pick up Liu's debut novel, a Fantasy in an Asia-influenced setting.

"The Grace of Kings" was definitely a more fun read than "Three Body". The author was born in China and grew up in the US, and as a brainy lawyer programmer writer type his Fantasy has a lot more social, political, and philisophical depth than is typical in such novels.

The story spans decades and has a cast of hundreds. It remains focused on a pair of characters, but in my memory half the notable events focus on minor characters who fade in and out of importance. Possibly as a result the characterization was a thin on everybody but the big two, and that really lowered the stakes of the story's conflicts. The dramatic scope of the story was still stunning, and scenes have stuck with me, such as swordfighting on kites above a city under seige, an assassination/suicide by a princess, and an invasion on the back of creatures like giant scaled narwhals.

While this book wrapped up the story well for the two main characters, I am looking forward to the inevitable sequel. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
4.5 ish.

The principal thing that will divide readers of this book is the mode of narration. The quasi-historical narrative mode adopted by the author will certainly alienate some readers, but it allows him to cover very large events over large distances as well as time periods. The author uses this narrative strategy very well in my opinion to tell a beautiful story.

One of the things I loved about this book is the way the author does character development. There truly are no characters who are totally good or totally bad. Characters change and evolve over time and I think the nuances of politics is captured quite well. The author believes more in telling rather than showing, but I do not think it detracts from the quality of the book. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
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Lazzaretti, RobertMapautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Weber, SamAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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For my grandmother, who introduced me to the great heroes of the Han Dynasty. I'll always remember the afternoons we spent together listening to pingshu storytellers on the radio.

And for Lisa, who saw Dara before I did.
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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, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

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