Being considered a friend to the Emperor of Heaven has its drawbacks — especially when one is Detective Inspector Chen and the Emperor needs assistance in finding the Book, a escaped, self-aware magical artifact with the power to alter the world. Tasked with retrieving the Book before it can alter reality, Chen crosses paths with his former partner, Zhu Irzh who is in hot pursuit of the Iron Khan, an evil, homicidal immortal intent on conquering Asia by any means.
While Chen and Zhu are
otherwise occupied, Inari — Chen’s demon wife — is whisked away by
forces intent on revenge against Chen and ultimately, the Emperor of
Heaven. The fantastical deserts of Western China and a mythical city of
wonders serve as a backdrop for Chen, Zhu Irzh and Zhu’s lover, Jhai
Tserai as they wage an intense, personal war to prevent their worlds
from a cataclysmic destruction.
Liz Williams delivers an exotic tapestry of unique urban fantasy — rich with Asian mythology and interesting, fully-formed characters. From the quirky inclusion of a taciturn badger teapot to the luxurious descriptions of Singapore Three, Williams crafts a solid and fantastical world like no other writer in the fantasy genre. Strong storytelling and unexpected plot twists is guaranteed to keep the reader intrigued… and longing for more.