Books by Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn is a pseudonym. Born in England and currently living in Australia, the author attended Oxford University, has studied Japanese and has a lifelong interest in Japan.


THE TENGU'S GAME OF GO by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Expect graphic violence, fairy-tale magic, flights of comedy, and operatic melodrama but also genuine intimacy and tragedy."
The four-book Tale of the Shikanoko series reaches its finale as destiny has its way, determining once and for all who will be emperor of Hearn's fantasy feudal Japan. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE DARKWOOD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"While this volume lacks the action sequences and high drama of its predecessors, Hearn continues to explore issues of fate, love, moral failure, and moral redemption through characters both archetypal and heartbreakingly believable."
The third installment of Hearn's four-part series about mythical medieval Japan offers a relatively less violent hiatus while characters recover from—or succumb to—the emotional, spiritual, and political upheavals they survived in the previous episodes (Dragon Child, 2016, etc.) before they confront their destinies in the final volume. Read full book review >
AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Even those immune to the charms of fantasy and operatic tribal warfare can admire Hearn's skill at juggling so many characters who defy fairy-tale simplicity."
The second installment in Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series about a mythical version of feudal Japan. Read full book review >
EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"The barrage of names and places can be hard to follow, but the fluid prose and morally ambiguous characters are magically seductive."
Hearn's brand of Asian fantasy fiction is a genre unto itself; having completed her Tales of the Otori (Heaven's Net Is Wide, 2007, etc.), the pseudonymous Hearn begins her new series, The Tale of Shikanoko, by introducing the primary characters while setting up conflicts and relationships that will evolve in the three volumes to follow, all to be published this year.Read full book review >
HEAVEN’S NET IS WIDE by Lian Hearn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 16, 2007

"As impressive an ending as it is a beginning."
The ever-expanding Tales of the Otori series (The Harsh Cry of the Heron, 2006, etc.) gets a prequel, setting the stage for the titanic battles to come. Read full book review >
THE HARSH CRY OF THE HERON by Lian Hearn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2006

"Nonetheless, a good finish to the series that nicely sets the stage for a prequel, due in 2007."
The peace after the long war proves not so peaceful in this surprise fourth installment of Tales of the Otori. Read full book review >
BRILLIANCE OF THE MOON by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2004

"Lyric fantasy with a rare sense of the tragic."
The Otori trilogy smashes its way to a conclusion. Read full book review >
GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A bridge between battles, not likely to thrill Nightingale fans, though it may garner new readers on its own merits."
The lull after the storm as a gifted warrior and a princess with a destiny ready themselves for war. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2002

"What could have been a Shogun-like exercise in bloat becomes a rousingly muscular piece of romantic adventure, replete with shadowy assassins, fluttering battle flags, and doomed love."
Mythical medieval Japan never seemed so attractive as in this breezy epic, the first in a trilogy, about a boy with strange powers who gets caught up in a long-simmering inter-clan conflict. Read full book review >