<p>Emperor Mapidéré 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. </p><p>Even the gods themselves are restless. </p><p>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? </p><p><i>The Grace of Kings</i> is the first novel by Hugo-, Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winner Ken Liu and the first in a monumental epic fantasy series. </p>
<p>The fall and rebirth of an empire. With a cast of hundreds and a world unlike any you have seen before, <i>The Grace of Kings</i> is epic fantasy for the 21st Century. </p>
'Epic fantasy fans will enjoy this large-scale story of political strategy and skullduggery' <i>Publishers Weekly</i>.
'An instant classic. This is a novel to be reckoned with. Poetry on every page' Hugh Howey.
'Liu's ambitious work expertly blends mythology, history, military tactics, and technological innovation' <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>.
'Ken Liu is a genius' Elizabeth Bear.
'Dreamlike and hypnotic, evocative and inspiring' Bookbag.
Epic first volume in The Dandelion Dynasty series.
Multi-award-winning author: Hugo (twice), Nebula & World Fantasy Awards.
MARKET: Steven Erikson; George R.R. Martin.