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Hidden Cities (Moshui: The Books of Stone and Water) Paperback – March 22, 2011
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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"[Hidden Cities] mixes action with scenes that feel like timeless, almost perfect moments...The result is an oddly pleasing feel of unhurried harmony even while the world seems ready to tear itself apart. The story and conclusion alike retain Fox's hallmark graceful prose and pace." —Publishers Weekly
“A rising star . . . With talent like Fox’s, the future of fantasy is in good hands.”—Tanith Lee, on Dragon in Chains
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Fox also stretches his wings as a writer, and his forays into a more poetic style sometimes work, and sometimes don't - but the depth of his characters, who often confound their own expectations, gives the series a bit of heft not usually found in these kinds of fantasies. That said, the pace slowed in "Hidden Cities" compared to "Jade Man's Skin" and "Dragon in Chains," and it seems we may be two books away from the conclusion of what promises to become a saga about a young emperor hoping to hold off various rebels and reclaim the throne of China.
As General Ping Wen governs Santung in the Emperor's name, he plots the downfall and demise of Chien and the pregnant concubine. His chances are improving greatly due to Tien the healer who has found ancient mage tomes.
Meanwhile an island trapped raging dragon trapped in chains by the sea links with young Han; neither grasps the significance of their bonding relationship at this time except both want to escape the isle imprisonment. The elderly on the island plead with the dragon for a chance to reach the sea. All including the dragon try to be free, but none seem to achieve this as war roars across the empire.
The final medieval Chinese mythos fantasy (see Dragon in Chains and Jade Man's Skin) is a terrific thriller that hooks the audience from the opening seemingly calm "Lord of the Feet" scene that proves to be the eye of the storm as the civil war rages with treachery weakening both sides. The story line contains a vivid sense of being caught in the middle of non-stop action that will have readers feel transported tin time and place. With a powerful ensemble cast in which Daniel Fox slyly switches perspective without missing a beat, fans will appreciate the engaging finish to one of the best refreshing fantasy sagas in recent years.