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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 via 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 green with envy population–and his purely good friend a neighborhood fishergirl he is taking as a concubine–he prepares for his final stand.

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

Meanwhile, an exceptional dragon lies underneath the strait that separates Taishu from the mainland, sure by way of chains that has to be continually renewed via the magic of a group of priests. whilst the clergymen are slaughtered by way of a willful pirate captain, a maimed slave assumes the poor burden of preserving the dragon subdued. If he should still fail, if she should still upward push unfastened, the outcome can be slaughter on an incredible scale.

Now the prisoner underneath the ocean and the lads and ladies above it is going to shatter outdated bonds of loyalty and love and forge a standard future from the ruins of an empire.

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