#1 in series

Emperor of the Eight Islands

Book 1 in the series

3.63 based on 1065 ratings & 200 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 16.06.2016
ISBN: 9781509812806
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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 - the beginning of an enthralling, epic adventure: The Tale of Shikanoko.

In the media

A fitting follow-up to the Otori series
The Age
Wonderfully evocative . . . intriguing.
Queensland Times
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