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  • The Wall of Storms

  • The Dandelion Dynasty, Book 2
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (494 ratings)

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By: Ken Liu
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Interview: Ken Liu on The Dandelion Dynasty series

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Staggering Triumph of a Sequel

A staggering triumph of a sequel. I haven't felt this giddy about a series in forever.

Many readers (including myself) found themselves confused at times trying to follow the weaving narrative of Book 1, The Grace of Kings. The book takes place over decades, follows countless characters (some for mere pages), and jumps back in forth on the timeline at will.

It was complex, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately satisfying.

The Wall of Storms, while still jumping up and down the timeline when needed, begins to narrow the focus of the story. We are introduced to Kuni Garo's children, as well as a few other new and important characters (most notably Zomi), all of whom will play a large role in the story Liu is building.

And we are also finally introduced to the central arc of the series: The war against the Lyucu, Norse-adjacent invaders from the distant north that ride huge dragon-like creatures and seek to completely enslave the citizens of Dara.

Everything has been leading up to this - Kuni's journey in Book 1, and his children's growth at the beginning of this novel. What separates Liu's writing from other Epic Fantasy, however, is that it is not the warriors that are forced to step up to meet this challenge: it is the engineers.

We get to witness the creativity and innovation of the Daran people, born from the desperation to avoid total genocide from these invaders. And it is breathtakingly good.

This book has everything: Humor and Heartache, Huge Battles, and Small Character Moments. It's thrilling but also comforting to listen to.

It was a joy from beginning to end. This is an audiobook (and series) that takes a backseat to no one in Fantasy, or Fiction.

A Top 5 Listen All-Time for me.

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Top notch voice narration

Really enjoying this clever and beautiful series. The skillful narration of the voice actor compliments the story wonderfully!

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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.