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As destiny weaves its tapestry in Lian Hearn's Tale of Shikanoko series, an emotionally rich and compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields in Lord of the Darkwood. A self-assured warrior stumbles into a game of Go that turns fatal.

An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country.

©2016,1985 Lian Hearn Associates Pty Ltd. Poem on p. vii from Kokin Wakashu¯ , The First Imperial Anthology of Japanese Poetry, translated and annotated by Helen Craig McCullough by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr University. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Stanford University Press, sup.org. (P)2016 Bolinda

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