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To Walk in the Way of Lions (Tails from the Upper Kingdom Book 2) by [Dickson, H. Leighton]
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In the Survival of the Fittest, Not All Men are Created Equal.
Some are Created Lions.


TO WALK IN THE WAY OF LIONS is the second in the powerful Original Series by H. Leighton Dickson and picks up where TO JOURNEY IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER leaves off. This is a sweeping post-apocalyptic tale of genetically altered lions and tigers, wolves and dragons in a world that has evolved in the wake of the fall of human civilization. Half feline, half human, their culture blends those of Dynastic China, Ancient India and Feudal Japan where humans are legend and kingdoms have risen in their stead. Fans of Tolkien, GAME OF THRONES, REDWALL or Japanese anime will be entertained in these intelligent and beautifully written pages in a blend of science, fantasy and zoological speculation.

“World-building on par with Zelazny!”

The conclusion to the sweeping epic that began in 'TO JOURNEY IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER, the story picks up where Journey leaves off, in the harsh deserts of Khanisthan. The team is running under a very set of different dynamics than before, for not only will they be forced to confront enemies tracking from the North and a hostile force from the Palace following from the South, but they must face their own demons that are plaguing them from within. It's man against man, cat against cat, Seer against Alchemist, knowledge versus ‘the Way of Things’ – a Sci-Fi 'Pride and Prejudice and Lions', like you’ve never read it before.

From the ruthless wilds of Khanisthan to the wind-swept shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the beauty and savagery of the Upper Kingdom unfolds like a living thing before them as they travel and Kirin will find out what it means to follow the code of Bushido to the gates of death and beyond…

This is the journey of six individuals as they travel beyond the edges of the known Empire, into lands uncharted and wild. Theirs is a journey of magic and mystery, science and swords, romance and intrigue. It is a journey of different perspectives and unexpected kharma and love found in surprising places. It is a journey that takes place five thousand years or so in the future, naturally in the Year of the Tiger.

(Be sure to read Part 1: ‘TO JOURNEY IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER’, by Leighton Dickson, for sale on Amazon Books.)

Chinese zodiac, Chinese fantasy, anthro, lion fantasy, Chinese romance, lion romance fantasy, chinese fantasy, chinese zodiac, sword and sorcery, fantasy romance

About the Author

H. Leighton Dickson grew up in the wilds of the Canadian Shield, where her neighbours were wolves, moose, perrenial-eating deer and the occasional lynx. She studied Zoology at the University of Guelph and worked in the Edinburgh Zoological Gardens in Scotland, where she was chased by lions, wrestled deaf tigers and fed antibiotics to Polar Bears by baby bottle! She has been writing since she was thirteen, has three dogs, two cats, one horse, three kids and one husband. She has managed to keep all of them alive so far...

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To Walk in the Way of Lions takes everything I loved about Book 1, To Journey in the Year of the Tiger and manages to make me fall in love with the world and characters all over again.

I've laughed, been saddened, felt anxious and let out great happy sighs. Dickson's places and characters are immersive and addictive. I'm so very glad there is another book in the series.

Again, I find myself wanting to say so much my voice feels blocked by the sheer volume of things to say. These stories continue to be amazing, the characters touching and relatable and the adventure so encompassing all I can express is the fantastic experience spread through Dickson's pages.
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This book fulfills the promise of the first book. The characters evolve and I find myself more and more impressed with Dickson's very "human" characters. She leads me on a marvelous journey, an epic story. I am a fan.
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Fun, fresh and enjoyable. Take yourself away from the everyday humdrum of weapons, war, and disaster to a world of everyday giant cats trying to make their way in a world they didn't create. Lots of humour and well written. Thanks!
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i truly loved this book. This book is as captivating as the 1st book. it explores a depth in the character development beautifully and still brings much action to their journey. such a moving story.
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HASH(0x9aaff114) out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, Successful Random Pick Feb. 16 2016
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I have to admit that I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I was browsing for reading material on the kindle one night. After stumbling upon this second book in the series since it was offered for free at the time, I can honestly say that I am glad to have seen it listed because it has been a thoroughly good book to read. While having not read the 1st book, I feel like the 2nd book does a great job of continuing a narrative that was built upon to such detail in the 1st. I could surmise the major points brought up in the 1st book, but I do want to go back and read the 1st at some point as well. Working a little bit backward, but it's still great writing to me, so all's the better for me.

Getting into the Way of Lions, the book tells a very gritty story concerning many different elements that you would find in other fantasy-like literature like Lord of the Rings or even Eragon. It's a medieval time period set in a post-apocalyptic world with alchemy, element manipulation, magic, etc. Suffice it to say, there's a lot at play in the world and while I didn't necessarily understand how all these things are possible in this world, I didn't really question it because it was handled very well or was just plain awesome to read about.

The characters themselves are anthropomorphic versions of different animals ranging from cats, dogs and monkeys, with more to explore later on in the narration. Despite these characters being furry versions of archetypes you would recognize, I did not focus on trait unless it was brought up through description otherwise. The characters have incredible personality shown through their actions and words, and I'm sure there will be at least one character you can relate to and will find to be your favorite as you read.

Not to continue writing too much so that it looks daunting to read, suffice it to say, this is definitely a book I would recommend to any reader. This is the kind of book where I can sit for a half hour, an hour, or even longer and just read. I don't worry about how long chapters are, if I'm going fast enough, what the context of the passages are to the overall story. I just read. I haven't had many books like that recently, and I was so happy to experience here with this one.
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HASH(0x9aaff360) out of 5 stars The amazing Feline society returns... March 17 2013
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in this sequel to "To Journey in the Year of the Tiger."

And in this book, we meet some additional natural enemies of the Cats, and discover more hidden agendas in this feudal Asian world. We also discover some familiar issues and discriminations in their civilization as they continue towards the end of their difficult quest.

The character development becomes outstanding as the author forces each of the felines to face their individual challenges and tribulations. They may not always make the decisions that we would like them to make, and sometimes the results are dark and sad. But this quest, (like reality), is not always black and white. I truly got involved with all the characters, because the author made their good qualities as well as their flaws an integral part of the plot.

Again, there were some errors and editing issues. I'd prefer not to have to slow my reading pace or (horrors!) have to take the time to backtrack a line or two to figure out who is speaking or what is going on. But the action was faster in this book, which helped me to overlook that problem to some extent. I found the cover, as with the first book, not ideal; although it was a fine comic rendition, I would have preferred a beautiful fantasy portrait of one of the Felines.

And the ending...what can I say about the ending? I have yet to figure out whether I found it a little disappointing, or, in actuality, the perfect way to end this epic journey. I have no doubts, however, that I really enjoyed both books.

Great story. I highly recommend it and I would like to read more about this world.
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HASH(0x9aaff324) out of 5 stars Throughly Satisfying Conculsion Dec 17 2012
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H. Leighton Dickinson's To Walk in the Way of Lions (Tails from the Upper Kingdom) bring to a highly-satisfying conclusion the action-packed an emotionally wrenching quest began in the To Journey in the Year of the Tiger (Tails from the Upper Kingdom). With fantasy, and especially Indie fantasy, "standard" plot lines are often followed into cliché land, but not so with this novel. Dickinson perfectly handled the writer's task of giving the reader what they want, but still surprising me, the reader.

Like the first novel, Dickinson left leeway for further novels in this world, but unlike in the first book there is an excellent, well-thought-out, resolution to the "story" of each character and the plot as a whole. They aren't all "happy" conclusions by any means, but for me that makes a better read because some tragedy makes the happier ending all the more sweet, and without pain few people, or characters, grow as they do in this novel.

Also, either I grew used to the formatting or it improved dramatically but it seemed far less obtrusive into my experience for this second novel in the duology.

To those who found even moderate enjoyment in the first novel and are on the fence as to whether they want to invest their time in this conclusion, I say you should definitely go for it. I give this novel the highest recommendation.
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HASH(0x9aaff618) out of 5 stars Great Book from Beginning to End! Please write more books! Aug. 24 2012
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This book follows "To Journey in the Year of the Tiger", which is also an excellent book. If you really wish to get the most from this series, please read that book first. You will not be disappointed. To Walk in the Way of Lions really blew me away with the story, the landscape, and the superb cast of characters. This book will draw you in and you will really come to care about the characters and what happens to them. There is discovery, honor, courage, integrity, humor, compassion, and love, but also treachery, class warfare, deceit, tragedy and heartbreak. Sometimes the book had me laughing out loud, while at other times, it touched me deeply. This author knows how to tell a good story and I hope others give this series a chance. With so many books on Amazon, sometimes it is hard to find that diamond in the rough. This is that diamond. Although there are only two books thus far, I hope the author continues the story as there is so much story left to tell. Hopefully, more people will discover this series and write good reviews to encourage the author to continue the story. I would love to see this series captured in some type of animated or CGI movie; it is just that good! I normally read about 2-3 books a months, and this series is one of the best I have read all year. Buying these books will be the best $.99 you have ever spent on Amazon.
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HASH(0x9aaff678) out of 5 stars A Stunning Triumph of Storytelling Aug. 20 2013
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Having been sucked into Dickson's world of anthropomorphic animal characters in her first novel, I was eager to return for the sequel. To put it lightly, I had not enjoyed a fantasy novel in a long time as much as Year of the Tiger. In it, I was taken into a fantasy world that discards the overused European mythology for a blend of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese myths that unite to form the culture of Dickson's world. In the first novel the characters were introduced and were appealing and interesting enough to follow halfway around the world in their quest to unravel the mystery of their fallen Seers. Dickson's talent is her character's appeal, the way her motley crew of different personalities interacts like a dysfunctional family.

The new novel digs deeper, exposing the frailties of the characters. Their individual histories are expounded upon, revealing secrets that the others are unprepared for. I particularly found myself captivated by the relationship between the noble and rigid Kirin and the mysterious and deadly Sherah. Of all the characters, the seductive cheetah and honor-bound lion have the least in common, and the way that they interact is strangely compelling and saddening.

But then the entire story is driven by relationships. The yin/yang between the lion brothers, the dance of attraction between Ursa and Sireth as well as Fallon and Kerris. Each character is wonderfully flawed, and their flaws quickly wear on each other as the journey progresses. (with the exception of Fallon, who is the only character in the story that doesn't quite work in my opinion. Too young to be a true Scholar, and her speech patterns clash with the way that everyone else in the story talks.)

In a way, the actual mission is the backdrop to a study of characters. By the time the novel draws to a startlingly brutal and dramatic conclusion, the mystery of the Ancestors is second fiddle to the culmination of how the characters try to salvage the relationships that they have so severely damaged on the way.

Speaking of damage, events in the climax definitely took me by surprise. Dickson is not afraid to subject her characters to the cruelest of consequences, and the emotional impact is staggering. Just because feline characters are prominent does not make this a story for children. I haven't been this stunned by deadly turn of events since reading a certain other fantasy series that will go unnamed.

Bottom line: Read the first book in the series. By the time you get to this one, you will no doubt be as drawn into this world as I am. Dickson creates a unique world of captivation characters that you will be grateful to journey with. Five out of five stars.