The king of Lóng City has declared a contest—whoever performs three impossible tasks gets to marry his daughter, the Princess Lian, as well as winning a lot of money. Kai the street rat doesn't want the princess, but he does want the money. Then he finds out the princess has her own ideas about this contest.
A short story originally published in the anthology Magic in the Mirrorstone.
October 2011 (hardcover, e-book)
The king of Lóng City is dying. For Kai Zōu, the news means more than it does for most former street rats in the small mountain stronghold, because he and the king’s daughter are close friends. Then the majestic ruler of the ghost dragons orders Kai to travel across the country to the Phoenix Empire, where the princess is learning statecraft. In a court filled with intrigue, Kai and his best friend Yún must work together to help the princess escape and return to Lóng City.
"One cool, lively, exciting book set in a unique new world—I loved it! More, please!" —Tamora Pierce
"I couldn’t stop reading! Ghost dragons, talking pig spirit-companions, magic phones, royal intrigue, and a treacherous journey… I loved this adventure through a unique magic world." —Sarah Beth Durst, author of Into the Wild
"Fox and Phoenix is full of intrigue, adventure, magic technology, romance, and a whole cast of engaging characters, including a stuffed griffin who eats anything, from alarm clocks to goat curry. Like the griffin, I devoured it hungrily, then looked around for more." —Delia Sherman, author of Changeling
October 2015 (e-book)
Mei, Lili, and Jun have just three weeks to complete their senior year project, a portable translation device they call the monstrosity machine, which runs on magic and mathematics. "We only need to prove the concept," Mei says. But getting their monstrosity to work proves to be more complicated than Jun and her friends ever predicted.
"The Ghost Dragon's Daughter is a classic "stepping out into adventure" story, with more twists and turns of classic tropes than the wonderful ghost dragon of the title has scales. There's magic and mathematics, spirit animals and science, and an intelligent young girl who is finding her path to university and love both longer and rockier than she'd expected. As in Bernobich's lovely River of Souls series, the characters are rich, the world building deft, and the prose a joy to read." —Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze
"Science, spells, and spirit animals... This is exactly the lush worldbuilding and carefully crafted characterization readers saw in Bernobich's Fox & Phoenix, and the return ticket to this world was well worth the wait." —Lisa Mantchev, author of the Th??tre Illuminata series and STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS