Synopses & Reviews
This second volume of the Tale of Shikanoko quartet by Hearn (following Emperor of the Eight Islands) builds upon the magic and conflict of its predecessor. Hearn takes cultural elements from medieval Japan and uses them to create this wonderful fantasy realm complete with its own supernatural forces. Shikanoko now freed from the control of the evil Prince Abbot stumbles in a haze back to the Darkwood where he once again encounters mountain sorcerer Shisoku and the mysterious Lady Tora. Tora dies soon after giving birth to five spider children boys with special powers who emerge from cocoons and whom Shikanoko must raise. Aki the Autumn Princess hides in the forest with Yoshimori the true imperial heir while she tries to determine how they will survive and where they will go next to avoid the men of Lord Aritomo the usurper. Meanwhile the schemer and turncoat Masachika tries to advance himself in any way he can whether through battle espionage or blackmail. Scoundrels and innocents wizards and itinerant performers lowly servants and mighty nobles all play their parts on this stage. (June) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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 . . .
In the mountain sorcerer s hut a new generation of the Old People is born the Spider Tribe, not quite human, not quite demons, and quickly coming of age . . .
One clan is in retreat, the other holds the capital, and natural disasters follow one upon another. Will Heaven ever be placated?
In Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, the old order has come unsettled and the weave of destiny has become unpredictable as it is pulled tighter, sharper, faster, by the instincts for vengeance and redemption, loyalty and survival. The battle for the Lotus Throne has begun in earnest.
In this medieval Japan of Lian Hearn s peerless imagination so full of magic, beauty, violence, love, and sorrow the only thing truly inevitable is that these forces are building to a brutal climax, though who the players will be and what the stakes will be cannot yet be told.
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016)
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016)
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016)
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)