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.
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
Lian Hearn studierte moderne Sprachen in Oxford und arbeitete in London als Filmkritikerin und Redakteurin, bevor sie sich in Australien niederließ. Ein lebenslanges Interesse an Japan führte dazu, dass sie Japanisch lernte und das Land unzählige Male bereiste. In Japan selbst wurde auch die Idee zum Clan der Otori geboren.