Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko #3) ★★☆☆☆

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Title:         Lord of the Darkwood
Series:      The Tale of Shikanoko #3
Author:    Lian Hearn
Rating:     2 of 5 Stars
Genre:      Fantasy
Pages:       241
Format:   Digital Edition



After the death of the Autumn Princess, Shikanoko retreats into himself and allows the mask and its magic to envelope him. He is retreating from his humanity and if something doesn’t change, he’ll become another forest spirit.

The other characters all grow up. Shikanoko’s sons all go their separate ways, revelling in the powers that they innately have. Lots of people doing lots of things with the years compressed into paragraphs.


My Thoughts:

Hearn includes a scene, non-graphic, of underage boy on boy sex.

As such, I am done with this series and with Hearn as an author.



  1. Emperor of the Eight Islands
  2. Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

13 thoughts on “Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko #3) ★★☆☆☆

  1. That *squicked* me out a little, too. Adults? Ok, that’s your beeswax. Kids, though, no thx. I’m still enjoying this series for so many other reasons, though, I can’t quit reading it! Sorry it turned out to be a bust for you! 😦

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    1. Exactly. I was hooked years ago by her Otori books and ended up buying them in hardcover.

      This was just ok but then that happened, so “goodbye”. I’ve got plenty of other books to read 🙂

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