Dragon in Chains
From award-winning author Daniel Fox comes a ravishingly written epic of revolution and romance set in a world where magic is found in stone and in water, in dragons and in men–and in the chains that bind them.Deposed by a vicious usurper, a young emperor flees with his court to the small island... show more
From award-winning author Daniel Fox comes a ravishingly written epic of revolution and romance set in a world where magic is found in stone and in water, in dragons and in men–and in the chains that bind them.Deposed by a vicious usurper, a young emperor flees with his court to the small island of Taishu. There, with a dwindling army, a manipulative mother, and a resentful population–and his only friend a local fishergirl he takes as a concubine–he prepares for his last stand.In the mountains of Taishu, a young miner finds a huge piece of jade, the potent mineral whose ingestion can gift the emperor with superhuman attributes. Setting out to deliver the stone to the embattled emperor, Yu Shan finds himself changing into something more than human, something forbidden.Meanwhile, a great dragon lies beneath the strait that separates Taishu from the mainland, bound by chains that must be constantly renewed by the magic of a community of monks. When the monks are slaughtered by a willful pirate captain, a maimed slave assumes the terrible burden of keeping the dragon subdued. If he should fail, if she should rise free, the result will be slaughter on an unimaginable scale.Now the prisoner beneath the sea and the men and women above it will shatter old bonds of loyalty and love and forge a common destiny from the ruins of an empire.
Publish date: January 27th 2009
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 399
Edition language: English
Series: Moshui, the Books of Stone and Water (#1)
This takes place in a fantasy version of China. The characters are templates and overall more types than anything else. I’m not sure if I fully buy the idea of Mei and the Emperor. That said, the world building is awesome and three characters stand out. Jiao, Han, and the dragon. ...
This is a book written by a man for a man's enjoyment. It is full of senseless violence with a plot that is apparently being stretched out to make this into a series.The current emperor is a boy (teenage?) who is a puppet for his mother who really rules. They have been chased out of the city by reb...
I have belonged to the SF Book Club for close to thirty years now and through them have read some of my favorite books - Downbelow Station; the first 5 Chronicles of Amber, aka "the good ones" (IMO); Butterfly and Hellflower; the original Conan stories; The Swordswoman and Consider Phlebas, among ot...
I read the first 40 pages but couldn't get into it at all. The writing style didn't appeal to me, and the characters weren't likeable nor intriguing enough to keep me reading when the plot didn't capture me.