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A spellbinding epic from the author of Across the Nightingale Floor.

An ambitious warrior leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his younger son to give up his wife to his older brother. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, the Spider Tribe, born from cocoons. A powerful priest trains a young disciple, Shikanoko, who has been made a sorcerer against his will. An intricate tapestry has been woven for two rival clans to enter a savage battle over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands.

©2016 Lian Hearn Associates Pty Ltd. (P)2016 Bolinda

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-18

So happy to have another great saga from this author

This is a wonderful beginning and sets up for a great follow-up. The narrator's voice works well and provides an excellent backdrop for the scope of the tale. People who like Lian Hearn's other work will enjoy this. For those unfamiliar, think Game of Thrones set in feudal Japan. A good read.