Transporting us to a mythical Japanese world set 300 years before her bestselling Tales of the Otori series, Lian Hearn is back with a magnificent new epic destined to become a classic, The Tale of Shikanoko.
Having captivated a generation of readers with her extraordinary genre-busting Otari saga (which sold more than four million copies in 40 languages), Lian has now returned eight years later to the same world with The Tale of Shikanoko series.
Set against a dazzling canvas of wild forest, elegant court and savage battlefield, she brilliantly brings to life the world that existing before Otori.
In The Tale of Shikanoko, Hearn weaves an intricate tapestry, seething with intrigue, adventure and love, of two rival clans struggling over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands, in a medieval Japanese country inhabited by warriors, assassins, ghosts, and guardian spirits. And as the laws of destiny play out their inexorable drama, so the battle for the lotus Throne begins.
It’s certainly worth noting that the Tales of the Otari series have undergone a beautiful makeover – take a look and visit Lian’s website for more information.
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