#1 in series

Emperor of the Eight Islands

Book 1 in the series

3.65 based on 769 ratings & 171 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 16.06.2016
ISBN: 9781509833740
Number of pages: 0


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 Islands by Lian Hearn is a brilliantly imagined novel, full of drama and intrigue - and it is just the beginning of an enthralling, epic adventure: The Tale of Shikanoko.

In the media

The action comes thick and fast . . . The compelling characters and captivating worldbuilding means readers will look forward to part two.
Japan Times
Brutally thrilling historical fantasy
The Herald Sun
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