THE GRACE OF KINGS

Blood broth­ers

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Bri­die Ro­man

re­leased OUT NOW! 640 pages | Hard­back/ebook Au­thor Ken liu Pub­lisher Head Of Zeus

The first in a new, boldly dif­fer­ent epic fan­tasy se­ries, The Grace Of Kings is a change of pace from your reg­u­lar hero’s jour­ney-led western fan­tasy.

Set in the is­land king­doms of Dara, the story takes you through the decades of two boys’ lives. Kuni Garu is a com­moner who’d rather slack off, but knows he could be do­ing so much more. Mata Zyndu is the last son of a no­ble house, with nat­u­ral mar­tial prow­ess and an un­wa­ver­ing sense of jus­tice. Born in very dif­fer­ent sta­tions the two be­come as close as broth­ers when re­bel­lion breaks out. To­gether they – along with nu­mer­ous but very mem­o­rable side char­ac­ters – shall chal­lenge an em­pire and a whole way of life.

Be­yond am­bi­tious in scope, The Grace Of Kings may be daunt­ing at first, but soon you are swept into a world of po­lit­i­cal in­trigue, hope­less sieges and com­pelling char­ac­ters. Liu seam­lessly blends phi­los­o­phy and pol­i­tics with tense bat­tles and com­pelling ac­tion. The silkpunk, Chi­nese-in­spired set­ting is a breath of fresh air. Sad, funny, poignant and ad­dic­tive, this book will leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on the genre.

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