Emperor of the Eight Islands

The Tale of Shikanoko

Lian Hearn

An ambitious warlord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands.

A stubborn father forces his younger son to surrender his wife to his older brother.

A mysterious woman seeks five fathers for her children.

A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne.

These are the threads of an intricate tapestry in which the laws of destiny play out against a backdrop of wild forest, elegant court, and savage battlefield. Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits, Emperor of the Eight Islandsis a brilliantly imagined novel, full of drama and intrigue – and it is just the beginning of an enthralling, epic adventure: 'The Tale of Shikanoko'.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781509812790
Published: 26/01/2017

Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language, many trips to Japan, and culminated in the Tales of the Otori series.

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