Excerpt: Wall of Storms by Ken Liu

November 11, 2016

If you haven’t read anything by Ken Liu yet, you really should. Today, I am happy to share an excerpt from his new book, Wall of Storms. It’s the second book in The Dandelion Dynasty. The first book, Grace of Kings, was one of my favorite books from last year, and I highly recommend it. This is a great chance to check out his amazing prose and style of storytelling.

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Author Photo (credit: Lisa Tang Liu)

Author Photo (credit: Lisa Tang Liu)

Ken Liu is one of the most lauded authors in the field of American literature. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Sidewise, and Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards, he has also been nominated for the Sturgeon and Locus Awards for his short fiction. His short story, “The Paper Menagerie,” is the first work of fiction to simultaneously win the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards. He also translated the 2015 Hugo Award-winning novelThe Three-Body Problem, written by Cixin Liu, which is the first novel to ever win the Hugo award in translation.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series set in a universe he and his wife, artist Lisa Tang Liu, created together.

It was a finalist for the 2015 Nebula Award, and was awarded the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Saga also published a collection of his short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories which has received wide critical acclaim as one of the best collections of 2016.

He lives with his family near Boston.  Ken’s novels and collections are represented by Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh.

For more information about the Dandelion Dynasty and Ken Liu’s work visit him at:


Twitter: @kyliu99

About the Book


wall-of-stormsThe Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty, #2) by Ken Liu
Also by this author: The Grace of Kings
Published by Saga Press on October 4th 2016
Pages: 880

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In the much-anticipated sequel to the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders.
Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.
But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara’s savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.


  • Maddalena@spaceandsorcery November 12, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I still need to read The Grace of Kings: it’s there waiting for some *quiet* moment when I can give it all of my attention and mental energies. From what I understand it’s a book that needs to be cherished… 🙂
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  • Danya @ Fine Print November 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I didn’t read the excerpt because I haven’t read the first book yet, but I just finished reading Invisible Planets (edited and translated by Ken Liu) and I really liked his commentary. I’ve got his short story collection on the TBR and if I like that, then I’ll certainly pick up The Grace of Kings.
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