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 form map-making technique, 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 Scorpion-Lion border, Isami stumbles onto something far more significant than a mere mapping error. In recognition of her talents, an Emerald Magistrate dispatches Isami to help resolve a dispute over the contested border. There, she must attempt to negotiate between the proud, warlike Lion and the secretive Scorpion, and uncover the truth 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 Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons, with more coming soon from Black Library and Rampant Loon Press.
Publisher: Aconyte (January 4, 2022)
Length: 352 pages
“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.”
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