Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko #3) ★★☆☆☆

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Title:         Lord of the Darkwood
Series:      The Tale of Shikanoko #3
Author:    Lian Hearn
Rating:     2 of 5 Stars
Genre:      Fantasy
Pages:       241
Format:   Digital Edition



After the death of the Autumn Princess, Shikanoko retreats into himself and allows the mask and its magic to envelope him. He is retreating from his humanity and if something doesn’t change, he’ll become another forest spirit.

The other characters all grow up. Shikanoko’s sons all go their separate ways, revelling in the powers that they innately have. Lots of people doing lots of things with the years compressed into paragraphs.


My Thoughts:

Hearn includes a scene, non-graphic, of underage boy on boy sex.

As such, I am done with this series and with Hearn as an author.



  1. Emperor of the Eight Islands
  2. Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

12 thoughts on “Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko #3) ★★☆☆☆

  1. Christy Luis says:

    That *squicked* me out a little, too. Adults? Ok, that’s your beeswax. Kids, though, no thx. I’m still enjoying this series for so many other reasons, though, I can’t quit reading it! Sorry it turned out to be a bust for you! 😦

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  2. Yuck! I won’t go near this series. Thanks for the heads up!

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  3. Ugh, that’s too bad. I’ve only read the first book in this series, and wasn’t too inclined to continue.

    I really liked the author’s Otori series, and while it probably had some sexual references, it didn’t have anything like that.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Exactly. I was hooked years ago by her Otori books and ended up buying them in hardcover.

      This was just ok but then that happened, so “goodbye”. I’ve got plenty of other books to read 🙂

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  4. I just read your review of the 2nd book. Spider-children? Did that happen at the start of book 2? I’m starting to wonder if my audiobook player dropped a file from the first book.

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  5. This has to be one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever read. 😀 But that scene must have been… freaky. At least it wasn’t graphic..

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  6. […] Average Star Rating came in at 3.8, so almost everything this month was a fantastic read. The only “Nah” book was Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko #3). […]


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