The Grace of Kings

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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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    Ken Liu kenliume is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, Asimov s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.Ken s debut novel, The Grace of Kings 2015 , is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms 2016 as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories 2016 He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker 2017.In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English His translation of The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin s series, Death s End 2016 and edited the first English language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets 2016.He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • 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 [...]

  • Actual Rating 1.5 StarsYeeshIt 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 [...]

  • 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2015 04 20 bI was never a really good student of history But my family background being Chinese, I ve always been taught to embrace my heritage I grew up listening and adoring the history and legendary tales of Ancient China told to me by my parents and grandparents, who have learned these things themselves when they were children My great uncle was also fond of watching old Wuxia operas and historical dramas, and he used to record these and leave [...]

  • This is a very interesting tale, reminding me as I read it just how little I still know of Chinese history I want to romance kingdoms and wallow in all the warring states, and yet, from everything I do know, this novel is and remains unique It borrows from the old histories to make a thoroughly modern fantasy epic And when I say epic, I mean epic rises to power and grand falls, with a few memorable characters mostly women and an absolutely huge supporting cast Armies march from the start and arm [...]

  • An ambitious, epic fantasy that at times felt like reading a history than a novel.I ve become a fan of Liu s short stories, so was eager to read his debut long form novel At over 600 pages, it is pretty long.We re introduced to the archipelago of Dara, a collection of islands which seem to be constantly at war The book follows a number of characters who plot coups, rise to power, form alliances, betray each other, and sometimes die miserably and violently.It s a fantasy with not much magic Ther [...]

  • This book is AMAZING A masterpiece I have so many thoughts This book had me thinking the whole time I read it Not just about what would happen with the plot so many twists It was fantastic But also just with the way it touched on issues and ideas that we find in our own world It s a slower read to me it reads quite a bit like and old medieval epic but it s worth it in the end Truly an astounding work

  • As, I suppose, many other readers of The Grace of Kings, I discovered Ken Liu due to his extraordinary translation of Cixin Liu s excellent The Three Body Problem and Death s End as well as his collection of marvelous short stories, The Paper Menagerie Unlike all of those works, in this first volume of The Dandelion Dynasty series, we are treated to a fantasy universe with middle age technology, interfering gods, and a wonderful mashup stories and legends inspired by classical Chinese and Polyne [...]

  • 2ish stars.An okay book that I recognize has many merits but that I must concede isn t for me This book is very well written Ken Liu uses a very efficient, utilitarian style that somehow also manages to be quite poetic at times and it works well with this mythology inspired content I think my biggest issues are personal ones this isn t what I expected and it s just not my thing I was expecting hoping for fantasy and this really isn t that As mentioned, there s some East Asia inspired mythology w [...]

  • The Grace of Kings is, in a word, stunning Normally I try to avoid making comparisons with my reviews, but here it s fitting Ken Liu s debut possesses all the epic grandeur, intelligence, and dignity of a Guy Gavriel Kay novel, accented by the complexities, intricacies, and smirking humor of Steven Erikson s Malazan Book of the Fallen It s a huge, sprawling epic, with a cast of characters that are challenging, but so well rounded and distinct as to be immediately memorable.There s a little bit o [...]

  • King R on of Xana conquered the seven kingdoms of Dara and forged them into The Xana Empire With his new empire R on gave himself a new name Emperor Mapid r The Emperor had grand plans for The Xana Empire and to accomplish them he plans to enslave many of the conquered men of Dara As the years pass the people of Dara yearn to be free and two special men rebel against the empire Kuni Garu an intelligent youth with little motivation and Mata Zyndu the giant last son of the Zyndu Clan fight back ag [...]

  • A few disjointed thoughts on the book, which I finished yesterday I like this book I like this book a lot It s a very important one it s epic fantasy using Ancient China as its foundation A cross between the Iliad, Three Kingdoms and Lord of the Rings But it s also very adult and very modern in its handling of power who gets it, who is worthy to handle it and how you cling to it And very very cynical and dark in some ways the violence is always drily factual, but I d argue that makes it even ho [...]

  • I finally got around to picking this book up and I am so glad I did becuase I flipping loved it It s kind of what I would describe as an Eastern version of Mage s Blood or Game of Thrones, and it s bloody brilliant I thought before going into this I would probably like it It s by Ken Liu and I ve read some of his short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and I loved that entire collection This book is his debut novel, and it s such a strong book.We follow lots of different characters so this is certa [...]

  • I am somewhat conflicted by this book On the one hand it has some fantastic world building and a fast paced story On the other hand the characters felt very undeveloped and descriptions suffered from too much telling, not enough showing In the end I decided on three stars for much the same reason I gave Name of the Wind it felt like lots of yummy, but ultimately empty, calories albeit with a much, much, much less aggravating protagonist.So first the good, namely the world building The world and [...]

  • Executive Summary I enjoyed parts of this book a lot, but overall found it a bit to uneven and slow in places It s another one that suffers from lack of half star ratings It s a solid 3.5 star book, that I initially gave 4 stars, but on collecting my thoughts for this review decided to round down to 3 stars instead.Audio book Finding out Michael Kramer did the audio from this made it go from wait for a library copy to buy it on audio I was initially underwhelmed It s probably not his best perfor [...]

  • 4,5 5Tras una dura y sangrienta campa a militar sobre los Seis Estados, el emperador Mapid r ha conquistado todo el archipi lago de Dara, consolidando un estado centralizado donde antes solo exist an diferentes estados en constantes guerras El precio para mantener este modelo es la opresi n al pueblo, la pobreza generalizada, la corrupci n pol tica, la imposici n de trabajos forzados y unas duras condiciones de vida en los Estados anexionados Un guardia convertido en bandido y un noble deshereda [...]

  • It is hard to know where to start with this book What was lovely about it and redeemed it up to two stars , or the reason I will not be reading past book one of this series I suppose I ll start with what there is to glow about Silkpunk I never knew how much I wanted to read Silkpunk until Liu wrote it Beautiful Adventurous Complex Thoughtfully crafted and researched Wow do I love Liu s prose and ability to put together an epic, multi threaded story This lives up to all the promise we ve seen in [...]

  • Oh WOW So The Grace of Kings What an ENORMOUS REVIEW this is I am frankly surprised that the book has a less than 3.75 rating, but only a little I ve had it for a year, at least But it had that long cast of characters in the front And of course, it was over 600 pages long Definitely a commitment equal to the time I d need to read 2 or 3 other books But then life got a little messy, and it was difficult to focus on READING books So I started to LISTEN to this one And it was amazing I literally be [...]

  • Look, this is a good book I was mostly interested in it all the way The sad thing is that and maybe I can start calling this the Robert Jordan syndrome as I ve seen it before the writer just has so much detail to relate about the world, the people, the geopolitical situation s and so on that he apparently can t bear to let any of it go.Even if we already put it together from what we saw or heard through another character s viewpoint.we get it again from the current character s point o [...]

  • I m still really not sure how I feel about this one The rating may change later, after I ve thought about it some , and I ll have a review up later since I m about to start work.Tentative 3 stars RTC

  • Review from Tenacious Reader tenaciousreader 2015 0Legendary I m tempted to leave me review at that, but will elaborate a bit The style of this book is superb Often with a debut novel, people are curious who you might compare this author to I had heard some reference to GRRM before reading this And what I will say, is that the complexity of the story and the size of the cast, the death toll and potentially the number of kings all lend themselves well to comparison But in my opinion, the actual w [...]

  • Alas Grace of Kings was written to breathe Chinese mythology into the modern epic fantasy A worthy cause But for me, I found this book to be a mythology with no grandeur, and an epic with no gravity.It also suffered from constant speedbumps, painstakingly recorded for your amusement and edification at the end of this review But here s the overview It s a story of rebellion against a callous empire And it s a story about power who has it how to get it how to keep it and at what price it will come [...]

  • Many fantasy authors have used history events, wars, people as inspiration if not to write their books.This is no different, based on the events surrounding the Tang Dynasty it actually goes a bit further, also by using poems and retelling them in this book to adapt them to the story for instance, the retelling of the Tang Dynasty Ode to Chrysanthemum by Huang Chao is transformed in the Mata Zyndu s poem.This is a story of rebellion against an unfair emperor two men will shape their destiny, Ma [...]

  • Fast Sharp Beautiful at points, brutal at others In the hands of most other modern fantasists this one book would have been four and we d still be waiting for the final volume And Gin Matiza Gin Matiza I d read a whole series about Gin Matiza I want Gin Matiza to star in all future seasons of True Detective Anyway Moving on.The Grace of Kings is very different in form from most modern fantasies I ve read I loved these formal differences, which remind me of the storytelling tradition embodied in [...]

  • Rese a completa Ken Liu es conocido por ser un excelente cuentista Autor multipremiado Hugo, Nebula o World Fantasy Award entre otros , en castellano podemos leer algunos de sus relatos en las tres antolog as de Terra Nova Sportula y Fantascy y en A la deriva en el mar de las lluvias Sportula , todas ellas editadas por Mariano Villarreal Adem s, la fant stica marcheto ha publicado numerosas traducciones en su blog Cuentos para Algernon que recomiendo mucho visitar La editorial Alianza, bajo el s [...]

  • I don t know how I feel about this book I m giving it a four because I recognize it was well written, tons of detail, tons of world building, lots of history and lore and culture.But I just didn t connect to a single character which I find sort of problematic in a book of this length.There were tons of interesting characters who I was getting excited about, but their entire life story was there and gone in a matter of pages, and that happens than once I feel like if it was focused and organize [...]

  • Brilliant in many ways yet in the end not my cup of tea The Grace of Kings is the story of the overthrow of a king tyrant Yet the question remained, what was he being replaced with Who and what Many individuals in this story battled to become his replacement, but is the new boss same as the old boss If the system does not change, do we only live better thanks to the grace of kings Or queen as the case may be Are we simply dependent on the generosity of the rich and powerful The Grace of Kings is [...]

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