Hidden Cities

Hidden Cities Cover

Hidden Cities

By Daniel Fox

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345503039, 432pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2011


The mythic beasts and glorious legends of feudal China illuminate a world at war in this, the conclusion to Daniel Fox’s critically acclaimed series.
Whatever they thought, this was always where they were going: to the belly of the dragon, or the belly of the sea.


More by chance than good judgment, the young emperor has won his first battle. The rebels have retreated from the coastal city of Santung—but they’ll be back. Distracted by his pregnant concubine, the emperor sends a distrusted aide, Ping Wen, to govern Santung in his place. There, the treacherous general will discover the healer Tien, who is obsessed with a library of sacred mage texts and the secrets concealed within—secrets upon which, Ping Wen quickly realizes, the fate of the whole war may turn.

As all sides of this seething conflict prepare for more butchery, a miner of magical jade, himself invulnerable, desperately tries to save his beautiful and yet brutally scarred clan cousin; a priestess loses her children, who are taken as pawns in a contest beyond her comprehension; and a fierce and powerful woman commits an act of violence that will entwine her, body and soul, with the spirit of jade itself. Amid a horde of soldiers, torturers, and runaways, these people will test both their human and mystical powers against a violent world. But one force trumps all: the huge, hungry, wrathful dragon.

About the Author
Daniel S. Fox, PhD, and his wife homeschool their three children in Monterey, California, where he is also employed as a college professor. He teaches public speaking, team-based communication, human communication theory, leadership, and communication for teachers. Dan describes his goal as "equipping learners to speak comfortably in public and to lead effectively in small groups, teams, and organizations." His heart for ministry has mostly focused on the young, or the young at heart. His work with teens and young adults has varied over the years, from conventional church youth ministry to unconventional young adult missions training. He has directed youth summer camps, counseled at youth retreats, and spoken at missions training programs, church youth events, and homeschool conventions. Dan also served as a boot camp team trainer for a summer missions program (International Action Ministries) for young men. He is an active outdoorsman, fisherman, and mountain climber.

Praise For Hidden Cities

“Magnificent . . . This series ranges from imperial intrigue to ocean-spanning magic to the smallest lives.”—Jay Lake, author of Pinion

"[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