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Taming Poison Dragons
Taming Poison Dragons

Taming Poison Dragons


320 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $15.95)

Publication Date: August 2010

ISBN 9781905802395

Rights: US & CA

Myrmidon Books (Aug 2010)

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In a sumptuous, captivating tale of 12th-century China, an old man draws upon the experiences of his youth to face multiple challenges, from an evil warlord to a wayward son.

Western China, 1196: Yun Cai, an adored poet in his youth, is now an old man, exiled to his family estates, full of regret and feelings futility. But the "poison dragons" of misfortune shatter his orderly existence. First, when his village is threatened by a vicious civil war, his family stability is threatened by his second son, a brutal rebel officer. Meanwhile, Yun Cai struggles to free an old friend, P'ei Ti, from a hellish prison—no easy task when P'ei Ti is the rebels' most valuable hostage, and Yun Cai sees himself only as a frightened old man. Throughout his ordeals, Yun Cai draws from the glittering memories of his youth, when he journeyed to the capital to study poetry, joined the upper ranks of the civil service, and secured the friendship of P'ei Ti. Above all, he reflects Su Lin, a great love he won and lost, and for which he paid with his freedom and almost his life. Yun Cai is forced to reconsider all that he is and all that he has ever been in order to summon the wit and courage to confront the warlord General An-Shu and his beautiful but cruel consort, the Lady Ta-Chi.

Author Biography

Taming Poison Dragons is Tim Murgatroyd's first novel.