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To Chart the Clouds

A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

Published by Aconyte
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Border tensions between rival samurai clans escalate into war over a hidden valley, in this fantasy epic from the breathtaking world of Legend of the Five Rings

When diligent yet unappreciated clerk, Miya Isami, develops a new triangulation technique for map- making, her traditionalist superiors at the Imperial Cartographic Bureau heap scorn upon her. But when her novel approach exposes a swathe of missing land on the border between Scorpion and Lion Clan territories, Isami stumbles onto something far more significant than a mere mapping error. Her discovery offers the prospect of resolution to the seemingly endless territorial squabbling between the proud, warlike Lion and the secretive Scorpion. In a bid to contain the conflict, an Imperial Treasurer dispatches Isami with her fresh insights to the Spine of the World. Yet she is far from welcome in the mountains. She must negotiate between the clans, uncover the truth, and discover the location of a hidden valley before the fragile peace is shattered by war.

By day, EVAN DICKEN studies old Japanese maps and crunches numbers for all manner of fascinating research at Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His prolific short fiction has most recently appeared in AnalogBeneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons, with more coming soon from Black Library and Rampant Loon Press.

  • Publisher: Aconyte (March 3, 2022)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781839081224

“Imaginative, deftly written and action-packed.”

– – Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer, on The Red Hours

“Dicken’s writing is clear and imaginative, and there’s lots to enjoy with interesting characters, a vivid setting and an entertaining plot.”

– – Track of Words, on The Path to Glory

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