The Grace of KingsPaperback - 2015
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BostonPL_LauraB Feb 12, 2017
From Nebula and Hugo award winning author, Liu comes the first entry in an epic fantasy series starring two rebels who fought against the emperor together, only to lead separate factions in the new government.
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I really liked this book. Think of it as a chronicle of war, slaughters, power, motivations, leadership, and human nature. This book begins with a double-pupiled demi-godlike man, graced with the fondness of certain gods. On the other side, there is this wayward, educated youth with a potbelly, who eventually takes a side job working as a jailer.
They both are described in a poem (real history, and deftly researched content, BTW) as the "chrysanthium and the dandelion". That's the allusion and imagery right there. Well, there are all these factions and emperors and power throes, so that's the gist of the content. But then there are the female characters, the building of armies, the 1400's technology of a dynasty...
Be warned. There is a lot of head-slicing.
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