Emperor of the Eight Islands

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Audio (6.43 hours)
Product Number: Z100103280
Released: Apr 26, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781681681535
Narrator/s: Neil Shah
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikanoko a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag for a lost young man, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne, the child who is the rightful heir to the emperor barely escaping the capital in the arms of his sister. And that is just the beginning. 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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Author(s): Lian Hearn
Series: Tale of Shikanoko Series No: 1
Genre: Fantasy
Original Publish Date: Apr 26, 2016

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Emperor of the Eight Islands
Product Number: BX00048425
Product Number:Z100103280
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Author(s): Lian Hearn
Narrator(s): Neil Shah
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Genre: Fantasy
Product Number DD23581
Released: Apr 26, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HighBridge Company
ISBN: #9781681681528
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Author(s): Lian Hearn
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Product Number EB00627944
Released: Apr 26, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780374715014

Professional reviews

"Neil Shah narrates the first in a new historical fiction/fantasy series, which serves as a prequel to the author's Tales of the Otori series. The multiple threads of the story are connected through the character of Shikanoko, whose personal journey starts when he flees his murderous uncle, putting himself on the path to becoming a sorcerer with exceptional powers. Shah's sonorous and assured voice adds to the feeling that this is an ancient tale of the battle for power between dynasties, brothers, and the sexes. His expressive dialogue helps listeners distinguish among the many players, and his impeccable Japanese accent increases the tone of authenticity. This audiobook creates the foundation for the remaining episodes in this very adult fantasy set in medieval Japan. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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