Emperor of the Eight Islands

Emperor of the Eight Islands

Book - 2016
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In medieval Japan a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright, a mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374536312
Branch Call Number: SF HEARN, LIAN
Characteristics: xi, 251 pages : map ; 19 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Jun 27, 2016

The author of the Tales of the Otori series returns to her fantastical version of feudal Japan for this new epic saga. After surviving his greedy uncle's plot to murder him and steal his inheritance, orphan teen Kazumaru is taken in by sorcerer Shisoku, who dubs the lad Shikanoko, or "the deer's child." Taking possession of a magical mask, Shikanoko subsequently becomes involved in the civil war that's tearing society apart as warring factions vie for control of the empire. If you enjoy the morally ambiguous characters and political intrigue of this exciting series starter, keep an eye out for its forthcoming sequels: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child; Lord of the Darkwood; and The Tengu's Game of Go.


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