Excerpt: Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
Excerpt , Guest Post / 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. [embeddoc url=”https://tenaciousreader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Wall-of-Storms-Chapter-One-Excerpt-2.pdf” download=”all”] ABOUT KEN 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…

Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
5 Stars , Reviews / April 12, 2015

Legendary. I’m tempted to leave me review at that, but will elaborate a bit. The style of this book is superb. Often with a debut novel, people are curious who you might compare this author to. I had heard some reference to GRRM before reading this. And what I will say, is that the complexity of the story and the size of the cast, the death toll and potentially the number of kings all lend themselves well to comparison. But in my opinion, the actual writing style does not. It reminds more of K. J. Parker in the ability to present the reader with a great deal of information, without it feeling like an info dump or dry. Liu’s style of story telling  just makes it everything terribly interesting, even if it is a topic you would expect to be more information than story. Liu manages to make it all story instead of that separation of story and info . Also, Guy Gavriel Kay is another author I thought of while reading because of the flow of prose. But really, when it comes down to it, Liu has his own voice and its one that is just meant to tell epic stories. Reading this felt more like reading…