Tea with the Black Dragon

Tea with the Black Dragon

by R. A. MacAvoy
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Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

In 1980s San Francisco, a mother searches for her missing daughter in this Nebula Award–nominated tale that is part fantasy, part mystery, and part love story.

Offering “a deft blend of the oldest of magicks in a dragon, and the newest of sorceries in computers” (Anne McCaffrey), this is the incomparable novel that garnered Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick Award nominations, and earned its author the John W. Campbell Best New Writer award—the “astonishing fantasy debut” of R. A. MacAvoy ( Locus ).
Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble—she just doesn’t know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact they've had for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her mother a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at the city’s most luxurious hotel. Yet, since Martha checked in, she still hasn’t been contacted by her daughter, and is feeling lonely, confused, and a little bit worried.
But Martha meets someone else at the hotel: Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who is drawn to Martha’s good character and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. They become close quickly, and he promises to help her find Elizabeth. Before he can solve the mystery, though, Martha herself disappears—and Mayland realizes that he’s in love with her.
Now, a man whose true nature and identity is unknown to those around him will embark on a potentially dangerous adventure in a city on the verge of exploding with its own sort of magic as technology spreads through the region that will become known as Silicon Valley. An elegant, delightful, and unusual novel that blends ancient myth with modern wizardry, Tea with the Black Dragon is “a small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background” ( Booklist ).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497642294
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 641,311
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

R. A. MacAvoy is a highly acclaimed author of imaginative and original science fiction and fantasy novels. Her debut novel,  Tea with the Black Dragon , won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also written the  Damiano  trilogy, the chronicles of a wizard’s young son, set during an alternate history version of the Italian Renaissance;  The Book of Kells ; and  Twisting the Rope , the highly acclaimed sequel to  Tea with the Black Dragon . She is also the author of the beloved and much-praised Lens of the World trilogy.

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Tea with the Black Dragon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so relieved to find a book that I read and loved when I was young that still moves and pleases me; so many books I liked then seem puerile to me now. But Macavoy has a gift for characterization and a graceful use of language that I think any age might find admirable. The story is interesting as well. Simply a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true classic that I keep coming back to year after year. I miss having my paperback version - I read it until it literally fell apart. The Nook version could use some improvement in regards to better formatting of the content for readability, and better editing to remove typos, but still, it's great to be able to access this story on my smart phone whenever I want. Here's hoping future generations continue to find and enjoy this book, its sequel, and pretty much all the novels by this author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally had this in paperback and it was one of my "go to" re-reads. The mixture of mysteries - a missing daughter, the nefarious plot that she uncovered and the REAL identity/nature of the hero, with a gentle love story for lightheartedness, proves to be absolutely wonderful!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A totally enjoyable read