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Orchestra of Treacheries

(The Dragon Songs Saga #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Alternate cover and title edition for The Dragon Charmer

Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.

It’s been two years since she put down a rebellion with the magic of the Dragon Scale Lute. With the instrument destroyed, her musical talents are inconsequential compared to her value as the last unmarried child of the ailing emperor.

Potential suitors see her as a stepping stone. On
Kindle Edition, 2, 584 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Three Moons Press (first published June 3rd 2016)
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Picking up two years after the events of the Dragon Scale Lute, this book wastes no time plunging you right back into the intricacies and intrigues of court life in this wonderfully realised oriental setting.
Princess Kaiya has grown up, though she’s still open to emotional manipulation, despite being incredibly astute about her world and its politics. She’s also blossomed into a beauty that men now desire, quite apart from wanting her for her status. But is magic responsible for her ‘ugly duckli
In the first book, I thought that the protagonist Princess Kaiya was too inexperienced to have good judgment. Her impulsiveness moved the plot in unexpected directions. The author assured me that this would change in Dragon Charmer. So I looked forward to learning how Kaiya would develop. I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.

In Dragon Charmer, the people and situations that Kaiya encounters often aren't what they seem to be. They are the unpredictable factors that
Hannah West
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hannah by: JC Kang
Just when you thought JC Kang's storytelling couldn't get any better. Dragon Charmer returns to Princess Kaiya two years after the first book in the series 'Dragon Scale Lute' ends. No longer an awkward, plain girl, Kaiya has blossomed into a graceful beauty that has every eligible lord vying for her hand in marriage. But she's more than just a princess or a pretty wife. For, not only has she blossomed in beauty but also in magical talents.

But will it be enough to save her people from the dragon
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am in awe of the worldbuild behind this series. It's one of the most finely detailed I have seen. Similar enough to Old China and India to be recognisable, yet each nation is distinctively itself. The fantasy elements are well integrated and are not overdone.

It may seem odd to use the word 'restraint' of a book so rich, so complex and so teeming with ornate detail, yet it is restraint that distinguishes this writer for me. He is at all times in control of his story, and the result is a beauti
Calvin Park
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Orchestra of Treacheries is the sequel to Songs of Insurrection. I read the latter when it came across my radar a while back. I finally got around to Orchestra of Treacheries and I had pretty high expectations for where things were going to go after the first entry in the series. This sequel ended up being a little bit of a mixed bag, however.

To begin, there is a great deal to like about Orchestra of Treacheries. Kang’s world building is extravagant and fascinating on every level. One of the th
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The saying goes that the first book in a major fantasy series is normally the worst because it has to set the stage. I was brutal in my review of the first and I had my issues with it, but the author accepted my review and offered a copy of the second book in hopes that everything the first book worked up to would be worth the time I spent reading and I would enjoy it.

And I honestly was blown away by how marvelously everything came
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The last 10% had the 1% of action I was looking for.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ couldn't-put-it-down great

*full review to come*
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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How will I make it until September to find out what happens next? I have LOVED the books in this series and hope many more will follow. I am so impressed with how knowledgeable the author is on 1,000 subjects~it shines through his writing! ~just can't get enough~
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This the second book in the series is even better than the first book which I had so thoroughly enjoyed, maybe this is because we already know the characters now! This book is very aptly named as it is full of backstabbing, treacherous princes, lords, enemies and so called friends alike so much so that there was no one who could really be trusted. Kaiya is the only character, who without fail, tries to do what is right, her moral compass never wavers not even in the face of so much adversity. Sh ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes words like “epic”, “imaginative” and “powerful” are bandied around too frequently. Other times, if anything, they’re an understatement. JC Kang’s The Dragon Songs Saga is an example of the latter. These books are ridiculously imaginative in the world-building and character-building by the author. Totally different (though I think I can see the Japanese heritage with its geisha, samurai, ninja assassins and cultural structure generally) but absolutely genuine from the biggest details to ...more
Shari Sakurai
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Two years after the events of Dragon Scale Lute, Princess Kaiya has grown in both wisdom and beauty. With potential suitors and threats around every corner, Kaiya finds herself being relied on more and more by her father to try and keep the diplomatic peace between nations. Her father also presses her to choose a husband, not knowing that his daughter is in love with the exiled Prince Hardeep.

An Orchestra of Treacheries delves deepe
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
J.C. Kang brings Princess Kaiya and all her retinue back in this stunning second installment! The plot thickens incredibly in this next chapter, as Kaiya must continue to follow her destiny and hone her singing if she is to face the dragon, Avarax. As the fates may have it, her time is taken up by many a suitor, but one in particular will show his face once more, bringing with him a revelation that will shock Kaiya to her roots. Setting out as a girl, Kaiya begins her journey to womanhood and le ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Betrayal, conspiracy and a young princess gains confidence. The treachery and conspiracy continues. Princess Kaiya continues her belief that she can help the poor through alliances between the countries. She believes that she can accomplish the feat through diplomacy. She is naive but determined. She works through obstacles with the assistance of those who are loyal to her and those with special powers. All of the lessons she has learned over the years come together to as she learns to use her o ...more
Fiona Andrew
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ORCHESTRA OF TREACHERIES. Kaiya is still pinning for her exiled
Lord, even though two years have passed since she’d seen him. Her beloved cousin acts as go between and passes along letters from him and vice versa. In the meantime she is viewed as a stepping stone to greatness but her numerous suitors, all of which she turns down. Her fathers health is failing and her brother have still been unable to produce an heir. She uses her voice to help calm the Lords from declaring war. Her next adventur
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much better than the 1st book in the series.
Destine Williams
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, where to begin with this book...
I liked it. I liked the friendly development between Kaiya and Jie. I loved the twists and turns that the plot took. Some book series stretch unnecessarily into extra sequels to me, and this, thankfully, was not one of those. It doesn't have that middle book feel at all. I also loved how much JC Kang knows how to get into others heads convincingly.

Something that I did get confused about in this book and the last book was where exactly the intros fit into
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kaiya ‘s voice could charm a dragon and its two years since she put down the rebellion. Unfortunately she’s seen as a steppingstone instead of just herself. Another great in this continuation.
Rabid Reader
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The intrigue, betrayal and excitement ramp up in this second book in the Dragon Song Saga. Plots inside plots are revealed but never truly uncloaking who the mastermind behind all of the subterfuge is and you are never sure that is a person is really who they say they are, the twists in this story are amazing, making for an exhilarating, gripping tale that is really hard to put down. Kaiya is a target from all sides, naively unaware of her precarious position or that she is being subtly manipula ...more
****Originally posted here on my blog. May contain spoilers.*******

Dragon Charmer was a great follow up to Dragon Scale Lute. Picking up two years after book one, the readers find themselves getting to know a wiser, maturer and even slightly coy Princess Kaiya who works to keep peace in the city of Hua as well as other neighboring cities against the threatening promise of war following several—sometimes fatal—attacks.

All the signs and evidence continues to point to outside forces, but Kaiya stic
Jay Phillippi
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.C. Kang blew me away with the first book in this series. I gave it my highest praise. It was a book that made me want to get back to reading it. In The Dragon Charmer, he picks up where left off. Bringing a little something different to fantasy by placing the story in the court of an "oriental" culture, rather the default "western" one, he gives us the chance to experience the familiar tropes of fantasy novels in a new setting. I come away feeling like I have experienced something new.

Kaiya is
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