From the winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, the epic third volume of the Dandelion Dynasties series, named by Time as one of the Greatest Fantasy books of All Time, continues. Princess Thera, once known as Empress UEna of Dara, yielded the throne to her younger brother in order to journey to Ukyu-Gonde to war with the Lyucu, and has crossed the impenetrable Wall of Storms with a fleet of ships and ten thousand people. Now she faces new challenges. In Dara, the Lyucu leadership bristles with rivalries, as power and perspectives change between the remains of the Dandelion courts. Here, mothers and daughters, Empress and Pekyu alike, nurture the seeds of plans that will take years to bloom. As the conquerors and the conquered jockey for position in these new regimes, tradition gives way to new justifications for power. Ken Liu returns to the series that has helped bridge the great epics of our history into a series that is unsurpassed in its depth of scope and adventure. Praise for The Grace of Kings: ‘Beyond ambitious in scope… This book will leave a lasting impression on the genre’ SFX
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The conclusion to Ken Liu’s chronicle of the Dandelion Dynasty, which sees two empires face a whirlwind that threatens to utterly consume them.Ukyu-Gonde.Stalked by foes and dogged by betrayal, Princess Thera is pursued across a continent vaster than she could ever have imagined, to the hidden valleys of the World’s Edge Mountains, into the barrows and subterranean halls of the City of Ghosts, across the ice floes of the far north. She breached the Wall of Storms intent on taking war to the Lyucu homelands, but how do you conquer the unconquerable?Dara.Empress Jia, Prince Phyro and Pekyu Tanvanaki find themselves bound to paths they never would have chosen. Amid atrocity and subterfuge, they will discover that the Courage of Brutes is no substitute for the Grace of Kings, and that little separates the Grace of Kings from the Madness of Tyrants.On both sides of the Wall of Storms, defeat’s bitter tears mix with the fruits of knowledge new and ancient as two empires bound by blood and bone, by writ and iron, by time and custom, face a whirlwind that threatens to utterly consume them.The teeth, as they say, are on the board.