The Tale of Shikanoko

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 159 ratings

Emperor of the Eight Islands Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fun story. Bland story telling

    • By Jonathan Price on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $37.30

    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    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.

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 2

    • Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

    • The Tale of the Shikanoko, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lian Hearn

    • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • Lord of the Darkwood

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 3
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lian Hearn

    • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Lord of the Darkwood

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 3
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $37.30

  • Book 4

    • The Tengu's Game of Go

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    The rightful emperor is lost to the world, further from the throne than ever before. The lord of the usurper clan has fallen ill, and further unrest looms. Shikanoko has withdrawn to the farthest reaches of the country, leaving his allies stranded and the Spider Tribe unchecked. Lakes are drying up, rivers receding - have the powers of Heaven abandoned the Eight Islands?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Liam Hearn

    • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99