Lian Hearn was born in England and has lived in Australia, Nigeria, and Japan. She studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language, many trips to Japan and culminated in the writing of THE OTORI TRILOGY, an international best-seller.Visit Hearn's Web site for more information.
"Hearn conducts another magical mystery tour through medieval Japan that will appeal to both fans of the genre and the series."
Publishers Weekly: "Lyrical and moving... Equal parts historical fiction, high fantasy and revelatory Taoist fable, the now complete TALES OF THE OTORI is a saga to be treasured."
The New York Times Book Review: "Satisfyingly rich in incident yet admirably spare in the telling.. Hearn has created a world I anticipate returning to with pleasure."
The Washington Post: "The book seizes you from start to finish."
The Times (London): "Gorgeously violent, complex and well-writeen."
"A worthy conclusion to a genuinely thrilling epic saga. Even more good news lies in the fact that the ending leaves open the possibility of another Otari triology." - Booklist
"One of the most thrilling new series of our time." - The Times(London)
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Book Magazine Best Novel of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book for High School Readers
"In this new volume... we find ourselves once again transported to medieval Japan of the imagination: a harsh land ruled by local warlords, an essentially static social order in which family ties bind tightly, a culture that mixes great refinement with unspeakable brutality... Reads like a fine translation from the Japanese." - The New York Times Book Review
A Main Selection of the Book of the Month Club
Top Ten BookSense 76 Pick
New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Book Magazine Best Novel of the Year
School Library Journal's Best Young Adult Books for High School Readers
ALSA Best Book for Young Adults
Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award, the Carnegie Medal, and the Australian Booksellers Association Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Prix Litterature in the La Nuit De Lire Award in 2003
One of Young Adult Library Services Association's Best Books for Young Adults
"The book seizes you from start to finish." - Washington Post
"Satisfyingly rich in incident yet admirably spare in the telling." - The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal: "a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists, political intrigue, romance, and a richly detailed setting that will appeal to a variety of readers, especially those with an interest in Japanese mythology and otherworldly influences."
ALA Booklist: "Hearn's new series is off to an exciting and promising start."
Kirkus Reviews: "the fluid prose and morally ambiguous characters are magically seductive."
BookFilter: "With meticulous attention to detail for the period, along with a bone-deep appreciation of Japanese culture, Hearn's homage to those masterpieces is as close as we're going to get for the moment and tremendously entertaining in its own right. 'The Tale Of Shikanoko' has romance, intrigue, fantasy, passion, betrayal, sacrifice and the old-fashioned pleasure of truly having no idea what will happen next."
Kirkus: "Hearn continues to explore issues of fate, love, moral failure, and moral redemption through characters both archetypal and heartbreakingly believable."
An epic four-volume adventure in mythical medieval Japan: a world of warriors and assassins, demons and spirits
In the final book of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikanoko, the rightful emperor is lost; illness and murder give rise to suspicions and make enemies of allies. Unrest rules the country. Only Shika can end the madness by returning the Lotus Throne to its rightful ruler.
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.