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By Daniel Fox

From award-winning writer Daniel Fox comes a ravishingly written epic of revolution and romance set in a global the place magic is located in stone and in water, in dragons and in men–and within the chains that bind them.

Deposed by way of a vicious usurper, a tender emperor flees along with his courtroom to the small island of Taishu. There, with a dwindling military, a manipulative mom, and a envious population–and his merely pal an area fishergirl he's taking as a concubine–he prepares for his final stand.

In the mountains of Taishu, a tender miner unearths an incredible piece of jade, the effective mineral whose ingestion can present the emperor with superhuman attributes. getting down to convey the stone to the embattled emperor, Yu Shan unearths himself becoming anything greater than human, whatever forbidden.

Meanwhile, a good dragon lies underneath the strait that separates Taishu from the mainland, sure via chains that needs to be consistently renewed via the magic of a neighborhood of priests. whilst the clergymen are slaughtered by way of a willful pirate captain, a maimed slave assumes the negative burden of conserving the dragon subdued. If he should still fail, if she should still upward thrust loose, the end result may be slaughter on an unbelievable scale.

Now the prisoner underneath the ocean and the lads and girls above it's going to shatter previous bonds of loyalty and love and forge a standard future from the ruins of an empire.

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