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Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
  

Emperor of the Eight Islands

Part of the The Tale of Shikanoko Series
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Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits, Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn is a brilliantly imagined novel, full of drama and intrigue - the beginning of an enthralling, epic adventure: The Tale of Shikanoko.

If you like Lian Hearn you might also like to read books by Juliet Marillier, Michelle Paver and Tanith Lee.

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Emperor of the Eight Islands by 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.

Reviews

'A work as densely populated as a Russian novel [which] moves onwards with the narrative force of a flood. It is easy to let the book sweep the reader away, to engage with strange events, but very compelling characters [and] huge imaginative vitality.' Sydney Morning Herald

'The Otori world is feudal Japan with imaginary place names, written in the spirit of The Tale of Genji and other classics. As with Genji, two warring clans seek to control the Emperor, and the country itself. The books are carefully researched, being surely the most wildly successful product of an Asialink grant. They convince as if being read in translation, as if Hearn is merely the medium for some lost and ancient text. Much like 'Game of Thrones', the book can be read as political intrigue, with great strength deriving from the character studies. Nobody is black or white, rather shades of grey.' Melbourne Age

'One of the great joys of genre novels is that they usually care deeply about plot, satisfying the innately human desire for story. And there is story aplenty here. The unfolding events are so fascinating, the writing so lithe and seductive. There's no need to have read Hearn's earlier Otori series, set in the same remarkable fantasy world, to enjoy this one. Indeed, her new epic seems sure to recruit a fresh legion of fans.' The Saturday Paper

'Hearn once again brings ... a breadth of scale, ideas, and adventure that rivals any other fantasy for its pure ambition and sheer pleasure ... Lian Hearn's return to her rich, unique universe offers everything you want from the genre, but with a wholly distinct flavor and style. In short, you'll immediately want to begin reading book two.' -- Barnes & Noble blog

'The action comes thick and fast ... The compelling characters and captivating worldbuilding means readers will look forward to part two.' Japan Times

'Wonderfully evocative ... intriguing.' Queensland Times

About the Author

Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn is a pseudonym. Born in England and currently living in Australia, the author attended Oxford University, has studied Japanese and has a lifelong interest in Japan.

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Publication date

26th January 2017

Author

Lian Hearn

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www.lianhearn.com

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
448 pages
Interest Age: From 18

Categories

Fantasy
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ISBN

9781509812790

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