In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikako series--all of which will be published in 2016--a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag for a lost young man, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne, the child who is the rightful heir to the emperor barely escaping the capital in the arms of his sister. And that is just the beginning.As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields. This is the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, where animal spirits clash with warriors and children navigate a landscape as serene as it is deadly.The Tale of Shikako, Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016)The Tale of Shikako, Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016)The Tale of Shikako, Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016)The Tale of Shikako, Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)
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.