The Grace of KingsBook - 2015 | First edition.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions--two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
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I really liked this book. Think of it as a chronicle of war, slaughters, power, motivations, leadership, and human nature. This book begins with a double-pupiled demi-godlike man, graced with the fondness of certain gods. On the other side, there is this wayward, educated youth with a potbelly, who eventually takes a side job working as a jailer.
They both are described in a poem (real history, and deftly researched content, BTW) as the "chrysanthium and the dandelion". That's the allusion and imagery right there. Well, there are all these factions and emperors and power throes, so that's the gist of the content. But then there are the female characters, the building of armies, the 1400's technology of a dynasty...
Be warned. There is a lot of head-slicing.
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