Las leyes del destino se ciernen en un japón mítico y medieval habitado por guerreros y asesinos, fantasma y espíritus guardianes. De la autora de "Leyendas de los otori", serie que ha vendido más de 4 millones de copias en cerca de 40 idiomas. Un joven guerrero de gran aplomo se involucra en un juego que se vuelve mortal. Un ambicioso caudillo militar abandona a su sobrino, a quien da por muerto, y se adueña de sus tierras. Un padre obstinado obliga a su hijo menor a ceder a su esposa a su hermano mayor. Una misteriosa mujer busca cinco padres para sus hijos que dirigirán el rumbo de la nación. Un sacerdote poderoso se entromete en la sucesión del Trono de Loto. Éstos son los hilos que se entretejen en un intrincado tapiz de parajes silvestres, elegantes castillos y brutales campos de batalla, donde las leyes del destino hacen de las suyas. La crítica ha opinado: "Con meticulosa atención al detalle, junto con un profundo conocimiento de la cultura japonesa, Hearn hace un homenaje sumamente entretenido al Japón. Brillantemente imaginada, en la leyenda de Shikanoko hay drama, intriga y fantasía, pasión y traición." Michael Giltz, BookFilter "La fluida prosa de Hearn y sus personajes moralmente ambiguos son mágicamente seductores." Kirkus Reviews "Una apasionada y trepidante historia de fantasía con emocionantes giros, intriga política, romance y un ambiente rico en detalles, mitología japonesa y desconocidas influencias del mundo sobrenatural." Karin Thogersen, Library Journal
Grass For His Pillow
Author: Lian Hearn
Grass for His Pillow is the second book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. Don't miss the related series, The Tale of Shikanoko. Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international bestseller and critical success, named by the London Times as "the most compelling novel to have been published this year." With Grass for His Pillow, Book Two, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation—a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love. The orphan Takeo has been condemned to work as an assassin—an enforced occupation that his father sacrificed his own life to escape. Meanwhile, Takeo’s beloved Shirakawa Kaede, heir to the Murayama and alone in the world, must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited, as she fights off the advances of would-be suitors and hopes against fading hope that Takeo will return to her...
The Twistrose Key
Author: Tone Almhjell
With a mysterious key, eleven-year-old Lin enters Sylver, the secret home to all dead animals who ever loved a child, where she is reunited with her pet Rufus, and together they try to find the Winter Prince to help save it from destruction.
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. 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 Autumn Princess, Dragon Child. The Tale of Shikanoko, Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)
Two rival clans struggling over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands, in a medieval Japanese country inhabited by warriors, assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits. And as the laws of destiny play out their inexorable drama, so the battle for the Lotus Throne begins.
Lord of the Darkwood
Author: Lian Hearn
Publisher: FSG Originals
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. 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. "Brutally thrilling historical fantasy"- Herald Sun The Tale of Shikanoko, Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016) The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)
15 Days Without a Head
Author: Dave Cousins
Publisher: North Star Editions, Inc.
Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s far from easy with his little brother who acts like a dog and their depressed alcoholic mother. If Laurence can win the luxury vacation in a local radio contest, he’s certain his mum will finally be happy again. Then one night she doesn’t come home from work, and Laurence must face the reality that she might not come back at all. Terrified that child services will separate him from his brother, Laurence does whatever he can to keep their mother’s disappearance a secret. For two weeks, he spins a web of complicated lies to friends, neighbors, and the authorities—even dressing up in his mother’s clothes to convince everyone she’s still around. But Laurence can’t hide the truth forever. He begins a desperate search for her, and that’s when the real trouble starts in this powerful story about family, forgiveness, and hope. Praise: “Incredible lightness of touch and humour, but also seriously weighty...reminded me a lot of Frank Cottrell Boyce.”—Anthony McGowan, author of The Knife that Killed Me "A teenager holds his crumbling family life together in this finely crafted debut that strikes a delicate balance between humor and pathos."—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Andrea Maceiras
On a trip to Bergen in Norway, Nico, a computer programmer from Coruña in Galicia, buys a postcard that has captured the moment when he and some school friends visited Bergen on an Interrail ten years earlier. He is shocked to discover his girlfriend and his best friend from school are kissing in the postcard and resolves to unearth the mystery.
Blossoms and Shadows
Author: Lian Hearn
Publisher: Hachette UK
From the author of the phenomenal and bestselling TALES OF THE OTORI series comes a stand-alone historical novel set in 19th century Japan. Japan, 1857 For centuries Japan has been on its own, isolated by choice from the rest of the world. But the Western powers are now at its shores, its government is crumbling and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born. Into this turmoil steps a young woman. Tsuru expects to marry a man of her parents' choice but her life is taken over by the beliefs of the new age and by the passionate men around her. Their slogan is sonnojoi (revere the Emperor, expel the foreigners), their preferred method is violence. BLOSSOMS AND SHADOWS is a compelling and beautiful tale of love and war, women and men, and the rise of modern Japan. **INCLUDES an extract from EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS, the first novel in Lian Hearn's spellbinding Tale of Shikanoko series** 'a fascinating historical epic' Sunday Telegraph 'all births are bloody and the characters in this strong novel pay a high price for living in interesting times' Sunday Age
Brilliance of the Moon is the third book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. Don't miss the related series, The Tale of Shikanoko. A beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth. Filled with adventure and surprising twists of plot and fortune, this third book in the Tales of the Otori series travels beyond the Three Countries, to the outside influences that threaten to intrude upon this isolated realm. From the Trade Paperback edition.
An international bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. Don't miss the related series, The Tale of Shikanoko. In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills. When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor—and to his own unimaginable destiny... From the Trade Paperback edition.
Japanese For Dummies
Author: Eriko Sato
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato introduces the essentials of Japanese grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the Japanese language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll also discover social customs, formalities, andmanners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present. Includes vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations.
Some Chinese Ghosts
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
I think that my best apology for the insignificant size of this volume is the very character of the material composing it. In preparing the legends I sought especially for weird beauty; and I could not forget this striking observation in Sir Walter Scott’s “Essay on Imitations of the Ancient Ballad”: “The supernatural, though appealing to certain powerful emotions very widely and deeply sown amongst the human race, is, nevertheless, a spring which is peculiarly apt to lose its elasticity by being too much pressed upon.” Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Author: Banana Yoshimoto, Ann Sherif
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A collection of six short stories incorporates themes of time, healing, and fate, following the adventures of young men and women who struggle to understand confusing emotions while embarking on journeys of self-discovery. Reprint.