The second volume in the 'Tales of the Otori' trilogy
Lian Hearn 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 Tales of the Otori series.She is also the author of a prequel series to Tales of the Otori, The Tale of Shikanoko, which begins with Emperor of the Eight Islands.
The beauty, savagery and strangeness of Hearn's gripping tale is heightened by her exquisite, crystalline prose. The second instalment in the Tales of the Otori is, astonishingly, even better than Across the Nightingale Floor. * Independent on Sunday *