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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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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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  • 10-10-17

Teen Chicks vs. the Barbarians

While there are many moments where the world built in the Grace of Kings is revisited and intelligently, even awesomely expanded, the reader must be prepared for the unfolding that all the battles and strategies to defend or conquer the world almost entirely rest on the shoulders of tween and teen girls and one or two women over 20 years old. The male characters from book 1 really don’t matter in book 2 unless they are villains and those men the reader admired or hated in the previous book exhibit a huge a loss of spine and at least 30 IQ points. Still, if one can get beyond this implausibility, the story continues very satisfactorily. I like the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre because while one usually knows the gender/species of a character, that identification usually is not the key emphasis of the entire adventure. This book tends to go beyond political correctness to a rather embarrassing emphasis, thus lessening the impact of the necessity of balancing a male dominance of this genre in the opinion of some readers. Personally I like to be grabbed and enthralled by characters I care about facing challenges and adventures in another place of being and feeling. Liu does enough of this to overcome his rather silly gender and age bias to warrant continuing reading the series. The end of this book did grab me enough to continue reading this series and reading this book is a must to continue understanding the series. I think if you realize the "girls rule" aspect and forget any implausibility that the Dandelion Empire rests of tweens, you will like the book.

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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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intricate, layered, and engaging!

A great book with a great narration. a sweeping epic both broad and deep, something really special!

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A most interesting sequel.

This book was very well written, covering a staggeringly large setting over more than a decade of time. While I liked the first book of this series better, that in no way means that this addition to the series was less than amazing. I eagerly await the next chapter of this saga.

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Great evolution

builds on and grows from book 1 in every way. also there are actual female characters now which is nice.

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AMAZING. Beautiful novel where steal the show

This is easily one of my favorite novels of all time. I really enjoyed the Grace of Kings but was blown away by The Wall of Storms. The characters have a depth and humanity to them that is both inspiring and familiar. The women rule in this sequel where they wield power and influence with bookish ingenuity, confident sexuality, and military prowess. I loved this beautiful novel, we need more of this kind of story telling in the world!

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Ken Liu does it again.

I went into this tale worried that it wouldn't live up to grace of kings. I couldn't have been more wrong! I love how we get so much charecter development which makes loosing them a truly emotional moment. the only problem I see with this book is that there isn't a 3rd one ready to go.

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That's it for me.

New character introductions were way too long. Favorite characters disappear from the story. The apex of the plots are convoluted and wordy. I don't think I'll purchase the next book.

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Love

I haven't been this in love with a series in a long time. Thoughtful and engaging in every way possible.

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