Fox, Daniel -- Dragon in Chains

Lovely Chinese fantasy novel. I realize that this is a mixed compliment about a book written by a white guy (pseudonym of British author Chaz Brenchley). But it is utterly lovely, and its created world is firmly set in Chinese tradition -- someone more historically knowledgeable than me could probably pick out a date. It's got emperors, it's got dragons, it's got fishermen, and jade is a magical substance of immense power. Skips back and forth between several characters and story threads, all deft and human. I want more.

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