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The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
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it was amazing

Damn it. After the stunning book #1 I was sure that it's just not possible to keep this quality level in book #2. And apparently, I was wrong.

Book has its lows, but if it occasionally lacks, it succeeds in compensating. Beginning is great - likeable, positive, encouraging, intriguing, then it slows down to dangerous level, just to gain sufficient dynamics so you can't put it away until the very end.

Pros:
* story ain't over (after #1) - author has managed to create another twists of plot that are both interesting enough & realistic enough to keep reader engaged
* none of new characters meets the quality of the ones introduced in #1 (Mata, Gin, Luan, ...), but for now it's STILL ok - for sure author will have to put a lot of effort in the sequels (which I'm sure will come in time)
* world itself developers in quite an interesting direction - we get more depth, more dimensions & aspects, more troubling issues - reader doesn't get bored with a setting (s)he already knows to well
* epicness - the bar was risen ridiculously high, but Ken Liu matches it without getting ridiculous, which is (honestly) IMHO a great achievement

Cons:
* overall dramaturgy of the novel has its stalled moments ~30%, but fortunately it's compensated later
* there are very few completely NEW awesome characters that do meet potential of the ones from the previous book - it's not a good sign

I think that the best summary of this book can be stated in two comments:
* this cycle (Dandelion Dynasty) simply screams for screening -> it can be FAR better than the Game of Thrones
* Ken Liu's greatest strength is ... "reader's fulfilment" - he's an unquestionable master in crafting the story in a way that maximises pleasure from reading -> by skilful juggling of dynamics, tempo, jumping between threads, etc.

Great book. Keep rockin' Ken.
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Reading Progress

April 5, 2018 – Started Reading
April 5, 2018 – Shelved
May 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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