The Dragon King's Palace: A Novel

By Laura Joh Rowland

On a whim of the shogun’s mom, a procession has left the sweltering warmth of Edo, certain for the cooler weather of Mount Fuji. between her touring partners are Reiko, the attractive spouse of Sano Ichir_, the shogun’s so much Honorable Investigator of occasions, occasions, and other people; Reiko’s buddy Midori, 9 months pregnant; and woman Yanagisawa, the deranged spouse of the shogun’s robust second-in-command. None of them stay up for the journey. yet their issues have merely all started while their procession is stopped unexpectedly on a abandoned highway. the total retinue is viciously slaughtered and the 4 ladies are certain and brought away, imprisoned by way of a mysterious kidnapper.

Sano now unearths himself confronted with an important case of his occupation. The shogun calls for quickly motion, and lower than the specter of loss of life, Sano is pressured to paintings together with his sour enemies---Chamberlain Yanagisawa and Police Commissioner Hoshina.

The ladies are in drawing close threat, and the supply of a ransom word purely complicates matters---forcing either Sano and Reiko to take determined measures. once more, Laura Joh Rowland’s spectacular mix of historical past and storytelling attracts us right into a luxurious and treacherous world.

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Disgraceful! ” instantly, his face crumpled. He wailed, “But the, ahh, kidnapper will kill my mom if I don’t execute Hoshina-san. ” The kidnapper could certainly homicide all of the ladies until he acquired his method, Sano knew; no matter what they did, they can lose. The shogun underwent one other unexpected temper swap to suspicion. “You’re attempting to, ahh, confuse me,” he informed Sano, then became on Chamberlain Yanagisawa. “I start to imagine there's a, ahh, plot to make me spare Hoshina-san and doom my mom. ” Yanagisawa involuntarily stiffened with the alarm that Sano additionally skilled. the ambience within the room grew heavy with risk. outdoors, past the open doorways, the sunlight had risen above the structures surrounding the backyard, however the palace’s deep eaves shadowed the viewers chamber. “There’s no plot that consists of me, Your Excellency,” stated Yanagisawa, and his voice sounded brittle. “I haven’t lifted a finger to avoid Hoshina-san’s execution. ” “But you’ve, ahh, sat by way of and enable Sano-san argue opposed to it. ” The shogun lunged to his ft so awkwardly that he nearly fell on Yanagisawa, who drew again in consternation. “Do you think that I don’t be aware of that Hoshina-san is your lover? Do you think that I’m so silly that I, ahh, wouldn’t wager that you really want to save lots of him? ” Eyes narrowed by way of pique, the shogun loomed over Yanagisawa. “You, whom I’ve enjoyed and depended on, have, ahh, conspired with Sano-san to misinform me. Your pact is treason of the main, ahh, heinous type, and also you can be punished. ” Rage swelled his moderate physique and purpled his face. ahead of Sano or Yanagisawa may perhaps react, the shogun referred to as out: “Guards! Take them to the, ahh, execution floor. they could die with their, ahh, comrade, whom they worth above me. ” One pair of guards hastened towards Sano, and one other towards the chamberlain. Sano observed his personal horrified surprise expressed on Yanagisawa’s face because the guards grabbed them. For years they’d either controlled to ward off the consistent probability of dying that haunted each person within the bakufu, yet their good fortune had run out. Panicking, Sano tasted the phobia of demise, and the grim humiliation that the shogun deemed him a traitor. Hoshina, nonetheless within the grip of his guards, moaned as if figuring out that every one used to be misplaced. “Your decisiveness is admirable, Your Excellency, yet i have to recommend you that you’re creating a poor mistake,” Yanagisawa stated whereas the guards hauled him upright. His eyes flared with indignation, sweat glistened on his epidermis, and not had Sano obvious him so fearful. “If you kill Hoshina, you’ve sentenced your mom to death,” Sano hastened so as to add. suffering to withstand the guards, he wanted the abductors had requested for the rest yet Hoshina’s execution. “And when you kill us, who will rescue her for you, prior to the abductors kill her? ” The shogun teetered backward and forward; a harried glance furrowed his forehead. “Priest Ryuko says he can, ahh, support me. ” His blinking eyes kept away from Sano and Yanagisawa. “He stated the, ahh, oracle bones named the 2 of you as, ahh, demons who threaten the regime. If I, ahh, rid my court docket of you, concord will stability the cosmic forces.

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