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

 

Synopsis:

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.

★★☆☆☆

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Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (The Tale of Shikanoko #2)

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Title: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child
Series: The Tale of Shikanoko #2
Author: Lian Hearn
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 289
Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis: Spoilers

Shikanoko raises his 5 “sons” and slowly regains his powers so that he can confront the Abbot again. The boy emperor hooks up with some entertainers and becomes a monkey trainer. The boy emperor’s protector and Shikanok’s love interest, is out on her own, pregnant with Shikanoko’s child.

Shikanoko finally confronts, and defeats, the Abbot but in the process loses control of his 5 spider children, who are only getting stronger and stronger in magic. Shikanoko’s lover dies at the Abbot’s hand and the boy emperor’s child companion, who was taking care of Shikanoko’s child, drowns along with his kid.

And in defeating the Abbot, Shikanoko gives himself fully to the forest magic which controlled his mask. He is no longer in control of his destiny. Happy Endings all round!

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this more than the first book, Emperor of the Eight Islands. Partially because it wasn’t as depressing. Which, given my synopsis, is kind of hard to believe, but it’s true.

Given that this is a japanese fairy tale, I am not expecting a happy ending to the series as a whole. Even in this book, Shikanoko loses his love, his child, his chance at determining his own destiny and quite possibly ANY happiness for the rest of his life.

Makes me thankful my life is as boring as it is.

If you like slightly depressing stories filled with magic, heroes, swords and warriors and like eastern existentialism, this series should make you miserably ecstatic.

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Emperor of the Eight Islands (The Tale of Shikanoko #1)

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Title: Emperor of the Eight Islands

Series: The Tale of Shikanoko #1

Author: Lian Hearn

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 274

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

A young man is driven from his rightful village, an emperor is deposed, his young son is on the run under the “protection” of a young woman, magicians plot and magic abounds. Clans, brothers and wives scheme and nobody knows the end of the matter.

 

My Thoughts:

This is a story of change, of life and death, of magic both kind and cruel. While not as brutally depressing as the Tales of the Otori series, it is about kingdoms falling and rising. Whole clans overthrown, killed, dispossessed.

In many ways this felt like a Japanese fairytale. In line with a fairytale, this was shorter and not complete. A good start and I hope it gets better.

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