The Grace of Kings am Book Why two stars Women Where were they For pages we had one main female character who ended up being treated way too much like a secondary character The rest of t
The Grace of Kings am Book Why two stars?:*Women* - Where were they? For 400 pages we had one "main" female character, who ended up being treated way too much like a secondary character. The rest of the women were minor characters. And the main female character spent most of her story arc picking herbs, getting pregnant, having babies, encouraging her husband to take a second wife, and then becoming stereotypically jealous of the new woman in her man's life.We were given one token female warrior character in the latter half of the book who fought in battles alongside the men, but she was hardly an interesting and complex character and she arrived too little too late for me. In all honesty, the ratio of male to female characters in this book is kind of laughable.*Plot* - ambitious, but ultimately lost in a mass of world building and histories and mythology. World building should enhance and complement plot and characters, but this seemed to bury them under its massive weight. If as much care and planning and dimension were put into the characters as was put into this world, then we might have had something really interesting.*Characters* - Wooden, predictable, stereotypical, cliched. There really wasn't a single character I felt a connection to.*Dialogue* - Problematic. At times the dialogue felt appropriate, other times it felt way too modern. I don't mind one style over the other, just have continuity.*Will I Read On?* - No. I love the influence of ancient Chinese dynasties in this novel, and I might could overlook most of the points that I made, but the representation of women and how little they featured in this book doesn't inspire me to continue the series. And though the end of book one has set up a storyline where a few of the female characters may feature more prominently, it looks like the storyline will focus on jealousy and envy between the two wives of the main character - and I feel I can easily find more complex and better representations of women elsewhere.. Two men rebel together against tyranny and then become rivals in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.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 beTwo men rebel together against tyranny and then become rivals in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.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, and shapeshifting gods Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.. The best Ebook The Grace of Kings Actual Rating: 1.5 StarsYeesh...It's such a relief to have made it to the end of this book.So let me start with the positive. I love the Asian influence in the story. We don't see a lot of High Fantasy series with such a rich historical element that are based outside of Europe. This is something I definitely appreciated. But unfortunately I just could not connect to any other part of this story.The first 40%-50% of this novel is an absolute jumble. It hops around from character to character telling each story without providing enough cohesion for me care about anyone.I feel the book would've benefited hugely from better organization.I honestly gave up trying to keep most of the characters straight. Eventually the story narrows down to two central leaders, but everyone & everything else around them flew by me in a rapid, blurry whirlwind of confusion.Every so often I would latch onto a thread of what was happening in one section of the story, but it never held my interest long enough for me to invest. Soon enough I was lost again.I want to emphasize that I have no problems at all with a heavily political story. I have no trouble keeping up with complicated relationships, switching allegiances, and intricate webs of characters.The Grace of Kings is almost entirely politics & fighting & death. Usually I can dig that.But I was just overwhelmingly bored while reading this. The politics weren't compelling, people whose names I've already forgotten were dying left & right. I could not get behind anyone's cause.Also, I think it's relevant to mention that this book barely qualifies as High Fantasy. We are provided with one perspective from a group of gods, but otherwise there are no relevant fantastical elements to this story.One character is abnormally large, and has two pupils in his eyes because... well I'm sure there was a reason. But it didn't really end up mattering a bunch?What I'm trying to say is that if I didn't know any better I'd say this was some creative Historical Fiction.Lastly, I want to address the criticism of this book not handling women well. On one hand, I understand the setting didn't allow for much wiggle room for including female characters. I see there was an attempt to include strong women in this story within the constraints of the time period. On the other hand, I still have a bad taste in my mouth upon finishing the book.There was some decent pro-equality dialogue here & there, but it wasn't followed through by creating meaningful roles for the women that did pop up. Ultimately not something I could recommend with a clear conscience. I think there is an audience for a book like this, but sadly I'm not a member of it.
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