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The Tale of Shikanoko series

Lian Hearn’s The Tale of Shikanoko series is an epic four-volume adventure in mythical medieval Japan, a world of warriors and assassins, demons and spirits.

In a rich tapestry of compelling drama and intrigue, the fate of a ravaged nation is being manipulated by those craving power and wealth who have deposed the heir to the emperor. Only Shika can end the madness by returning the Lotus Throne to its rightful ruler.

“[Emperor of the Eight Islands is] a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists, political intrigue, romance, and a richly detailed setting that will appeal to a variety of readers, especially those with an interest in Japanese mythology and otherworldly influences.”—Library Journal

  • The Tengu's Game of Go
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    • The Tengu's Game of Go

    • The Tale of Shikanoko series (Volume 4)
      Lian Hearn
      Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    • An epic four-volume adventure in mythical medieval Japan: a world of warriors and assassins, demons and spirits

      In The Tengu’s Game of Go, the final book of Lian Hearn's epic...

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  • Lord of the Darkwood
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    • Lord of the Darkwood

    • The Tale of Shikanoko series (Volume 3)
      Lian Hearn
      Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    • Shikanoko, at what should be a warrior’s hour of greatest triumph, turns his back on those around him, in mourning for a secret love . . .

      The Spider Tribe, spurned by their guardian, explore...

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  • Autumn Princess, Dragon Child
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    • Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

    • The Tale of Shikanoko series (Volume 2)
      Lian Hearn
      Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    • Shikanoko has been humbled by failure, and his once clear destiny has become clouded . . .

      The Autumn Princess and the boy who is the true emperor are fugitives in the forest, alone and unprotected...

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  • Emperor of the Eight Islands
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    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • The Tale of Shikanoko series (Volume 1)
      Lian Hearn
      Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    • In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikanoko series, a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a mountain sorcerer imbues a...

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Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn is the pseudonym of a writer--born in England, educated at Oxford, currently living in Australia--who has a lifelong interest in Japan, has lived there, and studies Japanese. She is the author of the bestselling series Tales of the Otori and the Tale of Shikanoko series, which begins with Emperor of the Eight Islands.