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Book Thoughts: The Grace of Kings (Ken Liu)

Liu, Ken - The Dandelion Dynasty 1 The Grace of Kings

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: The Dandelion Dynasty #1: The Grace of Kings
Author: Ken Liu
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 2015
Edition: Paperback, published in 2016 by Head of Zeus

Sometimes you see merit in the book you are reading, but you cannot quite connect with it. You know, when the writing is good, but the story with its themes is simply not for you? That is how I feel about The Grace of Kings.

In many ways this is a very well written book. The battles, the politics and the intrigues are really well thought out, but I feel there lies the problem for me. Apart from the character building of some of the main characters, the characters felt overshadowed by political plots and the corruption of power.

I like a good battle and a bit of political intrigue as much as the next person, but for me that was all this book was about for much of the story and there was simply too much for it for my taste. At some points I was really impressed with the writing, at others it dragged. It ran too far into ‘dry’ territory at various points and found it hard to keep reading at times.

The Grace of Kings has plenty of merit and I can see how people love this series, but unfortunately it is not for me and I will not be continuing The Dandelion Dynasty.

4 out of 7 stars

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