StoryGraph Saturday: The Grace of Kings

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to both remind myself that it’s there and to show it to you, Dear Reader, in case you might find it interesting, too.


The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1)
by Ken Liu
Fantasy/Silk Punk
640 pages
Published in 2015

From The StoryGraph:

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 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.


I’ve had this book on my shelves for more than a year now, and I have yet to open it. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I was waiting to make sure that the last book was definitely going to be published before I tried it? I’ve been burned by unfinished series before, after all. But after initially stating that The Dandelion Dynasty would be a trilogy, Ken Liu realized that the third book had grown too long to be released as a single novel, so it was split in two, and they will be released a few months apart. So if I enjoy the first books, I won’t have to wait long for the whole thing to be finished.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, so here’s to hoping I will love it!

2 thoughts on “StoryGraph Saturday: The Grace of Kings

  1. I’ve also had this staring me down from one of my bookshelves. I very much want to try it but I do struggle sometimes to start a new epic fantasy series, especially ones made up of long books. I guess I’m afraid of commitment. 🙂

  2. I’m always afraid that I’m going to start a series, fall in love with it, and then discover that the author hasn’t finished it ten years on. But this one is all but complete, so that makes me feel better about starting it.

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