Lian Hearn's beloved Tales of the Otori series, set in an imagined feudal Japan, has sold more than four million copies worldwide and has been translated into nearly forty languages. It is comprised of five volumes: ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, BRILLIANCE OF THE MOON, THE HARSH CRY OF THE HERON and HEAVEN'S NET IS WIDE. The series was followed by two standalone novels, BLOSSOMS AND SHADOWS and THE STORYTELLER AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS, also set in Japan. EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS is Books 1 and 2 in The Tale of Shikanoko and is followed by LORD OF THE DARKWOOD (Books 3 and 4). Lian has made many trips to Japan and has studied Japanese. She read Modern Languages at Oxford and worked as an editor and film critic in England before emigrating to Australia. For the latest news from Lian, visit lianhearn.com, follow Lian on Twitter @LianHearn, or join the readers who have become Lian's friend on Facebook.
brutally thrilling historical fantasy - Herald Sun on EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS huge imaginative vitality - Sydney Morning Herald on EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS a fitting follow-up to the Otori series - The Age on EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS colourful and fascinating characters - Courier Mail on EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS stands alone for fine storytelling - West Australian on EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS sure to recruit a fresh legion of fans - The Saturday Paper on EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS