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A TIME MAGAZINE BEST FANTASY BOOK OF ALL TIME
Emperor Mapidere was the first to unite the island kingdoms of Dara under a single banner. But now the emperor is on his deathbed, his people are exhausted by his vast, conscriptive engineering projects and his counsellors conspire only for their own gain.
Even the gods themselves are restless.
A wily, charismatic bandit and the vengeance-sworn son of a deposed duke cross paths as they each lead their own rebellion against the emperor's brutal regime. Together, they will journey to the heart of the empire; witnessing the clash of armies, fleets of silk-draped airships, magical books and shapeshifting gods. Their unlikely friendship will drastically change the balance of power in Dara... but at what price?
The Grace of Kings is the first novel by Hugo-, Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winner Ken Liu and the first in a monumental epic fantasy series.
View: 521. Becoming the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, a bandit and a duke's son become the rival leaders of separate factions with very different ideas about justice and politics.
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Inspired by the myths of ancient Asia rather than medieval Europe, The Grace of Kings is the story of an outlaw and a warrior who become friends, and then enemies, as an empire crumbles. A feast for the imagination, Liu's vividly drawn and philosophically rich world took us—and the fantasy genre—to breathtaking new heights.
Ken Liu is an award-winning American author of speculative fiction.