Sprawling, Soaring 'Grace Of Kings' Changes The Fantasy Landscape

April 7, 2015 2:03 PM

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A friend once told me the story of an enormous fish, Kun, that turns into an enormous bird, Peng, so huge that it must gain thousands of feet in elevation before it can fly — but once it does, it flies so far and so fast that it crosses oceans the way sparrows flit from branch to branch.

I was reminded of this while reading Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings — a magnificent fantasy epic that is deeply concerned with the high, the low, and the movement of people and power between them. It's a book interested in the depth and breadth of empires and nation states, from the mythic scope of ba...

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