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Speaking Bones

By Ken Liu
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The battle continues in this silkpunk fantasy as science and destiny collide against the will of the gods in this final installment in the epic Dandelion Dynasty series from the “genius” (Elizabeth Bear, Hugo Award­–winning author of the Eternal Sky series) Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award–winning author Ken Liu.

The concluding book of The Dandelion Dynasty begins immediately after the events of The Veiled Throne, in the middle of two wars on two lands among three people separated by an ocean yet held together by the invisible strands of love.

Harried by Lyucu pursuers, Princess Théra and Pékyu Takval try to reestablish an ancestral dream even as their hearts grow in doubt. The people of Dara continue to struggle against the genocidal Lyucu as both nations vacillate between starkly contrasting visions for their futures. Even the gods cannot see through the Wall of Storms, for only mortal hearts can decide mortal fates.

Award-winning author Ken Liu fulfills the covenants first laid out a decade ago in a series delving deep into the connection between national myths and national constitutions in this “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR).

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28 Reviews

4.5
Loudly Crying Face“Perfect. I am going to miss the world and the complex, multi faceted characters that Ken Liu created.”
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“As stated by Ken Liu in the author’s note, The Veiled Throne and Speaking Bones are two part of one narrative. At about 2000 pages, to say that it’s a very detailed fantasy epic still feel inadequate. It started where The Wall of Storms ended and followed old and new characters for approximately 12 years. The Veiled Throne was painstakingly slow to read, since it’s technically only the first half of a story. There were several arcs of stories following both people in Dara and Ukyu-Gonde. It did not feel cohesive until the end but you learn a lot about a lot of things?? It’s not boring though, just slow. My favorite arc was the masterchef-slash-engineering-battle-extraordinaire. In Speaking Bones, plans were starting to bore fruit. Things are way more fast-paced than the previous books, and more exciting things were FINALLY happening. The battles are battling, the poltics are politicking, the engineers are engineering. They invented things I thought I would never see in a fantasy world here. I will say the conclusions were very satisfying to me personally. There were no unresolved/unexplained thread. The Wall of Storms is still my favorite book in the series though. I personally like the characters of the previous generation better. I highly highly recommend this series if you’re into fantasy and scifi and ridiculously detailed worldbuilding and if you have the patience of a saint.”

About Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an award-winning American author of speculative fiction. His collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, has been published in more than a dozen languages. Liu’s other works include The Grace of KingsThe Wall of StormsThe Veiled Throne, and a second collection The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work, including the short story “Good Hunting,” adapted as an episode in Netflix’s animated series Love, Death + Robots; and AMC’s Pantheon, adapted from an interconnected series of short stories. “The Hidden Girl,” “The Message,” and “The Oracle” have also been optioned for development. Liu previously worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on topics including futurism, machine-augmented creativity, the history of technology, and the value of storytelling. Liu lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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