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If you like game of thrones. Star Wars. Yea this one is for you. This is absolutely perfect sf. For me it was unpredictable the dynasty goes on and their is more to come. The gods are still at it and when you think their is no problem along comes one big one. Marshal Zindu is highly missed in this second novel of the dandelion dynasty. Cannot wait for the third
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While there are many moments where the world built in the Grace of Kings is revisited and intelligently, even awesomely expanded, the reader must be prepared for the unfolding that all the battles and strategies to defend or conquer the world almost entirely rest on the shoulders of tween and teen girls and one or two women over 20 years old. The male characters from book 1 really don’t matter in book 2 unless they are villains and those men the reader admired or hated in the previous book exhibit a huge a loss of spine and at least 30 IQ points. Still, if one can get beyond this implausibility, the story continues very satisfactorily. I like the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre because while one usually knows the gender/species of a character, that identification usually is not the key emphasis of the entire adventure. This book tends to go beyond political correctness to a rather embarrassing emphasis, thus lessening the impact of the necessity of balancing a male dominance of this genre in the opinion of some readers. Personally I like to be grabbed and enthralled by characters I care about facing challenges and adventures in another place of being and feeling. Liu does enough of this to overcome his rather silly gender and age bias to warrant continuing reading the series. The end of this book did grab me enough to continue reading this series and reading this book is a must to continue understanding the series. I think if you realize the "girls rule" aspect and forget any implausibility that the Dandelion Empire rests of tweens, you will like the book.
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