By I. J. Parker
In I. J. Parker's most up-to-date secret set in old Japan, a chilly and opposed land pits Akitada opposed to his deadliest foe yet
I. J. Parker's engrossing historic novels deliver eleventh-century Japan to existence in all its colourful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new put up as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid province within the a ways north infamous for its hostility to outsiders. however the snow that threatens to fully isolate the zone is the least of his problems-which comprise an area rebellion, a chain of brutal murders, and a secret that's as previous because the frozen hills and much more risky. beautifully written and wealthy in interval element, Black Arrow is one other bravura functionality from a grasp of the historic mystery.
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Title. 92舒dc22ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ2010033472 ISBN 978-1-4391-5278-2 ISBN 978-1-4391-9934-3 (ebook) For Kim Wilkins, who encouraged me to start; and Darin Patterson, who was with me to the last full stop CONTENTS Š PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE Acknowledgments Hush 舰 Can you hear him? The trees can. They are the first to know that he is coming. Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that soon it will begin.
Before her eyes, he changes. She sees through the layers of mud, through the generations of darkness and rage and sorrow, to the human face beneath. A young man舗s face. A forgotten face. A face of such longing and sadness and beauty; and she reaches, unthinking, to unlock the window. To bring him in from the rain. Raymond Blythe, The True History of the Mud Man, Prologue PART ONE Š A LOST LETTER FINDS ITS WAY Š 1992 IT started with a letter. A letter that had been lost a long time, waiting out half a century in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a nondescript house in Bermondsey.
The first child of Robert and Athena Blythe, he was named for his paternal grandfather, whose fortune was made in the goldfields of Canada. Raymond was the eldest of four brothers, the youngest of whom, Timothy, died tragically during a violent storm in 1876. Athena Blythe, a poetess of some note, was heartbroken by her youngest son舗s death and is said to have descended, soon after the boy was laid to rest, into a black depression from which there would be no return.