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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.

©2016 Lian Hearn (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Fun story. Bland story telling

When I read this in book before, I really enjoyed it. It didn't have a whole lot descriptors which meant I could consume a large portion of the story in a short amount of time. The author's ability to weave together a story is clearly there and I found myself enjoying the story. However, because the author doesn't use a whole lot of descriptors, and is very literal, it makes for a boring audible experience. And, since most of the names are from Japan, it's easy to lose track of where you're at in the story because you forget who is what character. My advice, read the story, but don't listen to it's audio book format.

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Enchanting

What did you love best about Emperor of the Eight Islands?

Lovely start to another historical/magical story of Japan. I'm so happy to have a new Lian Hearn series to absorb.

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Disappointing

Very Big fan of L.H. With very superficial characters and hollow story, I can't see myself continuing this novel.

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Tough Getting Into It

we loved the Otari series so eager for more Loan Hearn. I had to listen to most this twice to get into it but now look forward to Book 2!

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  • Sinton
  • Altadena, CA, United States
  • 08-30-16

Enter the Darkwood

Lian Hearn's mystical world quivers with an adventure in medieval Japan. Sorcery and samurai clash and a hero is born from a stag....it's only the beginning. Three more to come.....enter this world and be thrilled