The first book in Marjorie M. Liu's extraordinary Dirk & Steele Series!Long ago they roamed the earth ? dragons, tigers . . . shapeshifters ? men who wore the forms of beasts. Their world was magic. Now it is gone. But some remain . . .
He looks out of place in Dela Reese?s Beijing hotel room? exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he?s like nothing from her world. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul and knows this warrior will obey her every command.
Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela?s eyes?and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where before he knew only hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key.For Dela, he will risk all.