From the internationally bestselling author of the Tales of the Otori books, comes a tale of families, love, intrigue and betrayal.
'For readers who want to be entertained, but not at the cost of good writing, The Storyteller and his Three Daughters is the best kind of novel - exquisitely crafted prose, fully developed, believable characters, well-researched historically - and above all, a gripping plot' The Sydney Morning Herald
TOKYO 1884: Sei has devoted his life to storytelling, captivating audiences with his tales. But now he is starting to wonder if the new world has left him behind.
Just when he thinks he will never write again, his own life and the lives of the people around him begin to spiral out of control - providing the inspiration for the greatest story he has ever told. A story of love, jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal.
Set against the background of Japan's first incursions into Korea, Sei offers a wise and witty reflection on the nature of storytelling, its perils and delights, its lies and, ultimately, its truth.
PRAISE for the Tales of the Otori books and Blossoms and Shadows, also by Lian Hearn:
'a tour de force of pure storytelling' The Sydney Morning Herald
'intelligent, accomplished, audacious and finely written' The Age
'uniquely charming, flowing and seductive' The Courier-Mail
'beautifully crafted' The Herald Sun
For readers who want to be entertained, but not at the cost of good writing, THE STORY TELLER AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS is the best kind of novel exquisitely crafted prose, fully developed, believable characters, well-researched historically and above all, a gripping plot - The Canberra Times; The Saturday Age; The Sydney Morning Herald
Lian Hearn's beloved Tales of the Otori series, set in an imagined feudal Japan, has sold more than four million copies worldwide and has been translated into nearly forty languages. It is comprised of five volumes: ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, BRILLIANCE OF THE MOON, THE HARSH CRY OF THE HERON and HEAVEN'S NET IS WIDE. The series was followed by two standalone novels, BLOSSOMS AND SHADOWS and THE STORYTELLER AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS, also set in Japan. EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS is Books 1 and 2 in The Tale of Shikanoko and is followed by LORD OF THE DARKWOOD (Books 3 and 4). Lian has made many trips to Japan and has studied Japanese. She read Modern Languages at Oxford and worked as an editor and film critic in England before emigrating to Australia. For the latest news from Lian, visit lianhearn.com, follow Lian on Twitter @LianHearn, or join the readers who have become Lian's friend on Facebook.