One boy. One destiny. A nation on fire.
In the lush Inzai Valley, young Soma Yoshimoto knows little of the War For The Chrysanthemum Throne that has raged throughout Oyashima for the last twenty years. Instead, he yearns to leave his noble birth behind him and become a farmer. But when his father is assassinated, and his village slaughtered, Yoshimoto must flee with only his governor for protection, an old monk for advice, and his two cousins for company.
As competing factions alternately vie to win his loyalty or destroy him, Yoshimoto must travel further than he could ever imagine if he is to find his father’s killer and restore his family name.
Yet it is not just the road that brings danger, for the shadows are lengthening and an ancient darkness stalks the land. Soon Yoshimoto will have to confront not only his destiny, and the growing power inside him, but he must decide which woman he truly loves and which one to sacrifice.
Martin Adil-Smith was born to a Persian mother and an English father in London, 1978. He completed a BA (Hons) in Criminology at Middlesex University in 1999, before pursuing a career in commercial Real Estate.
Martin’s literary heroes are Stephen King, H. P. Lovecraft, and Anne Rice. He is passionate about music, and in particular lesser known acts such as Paradise Lost, Fields of the Nephilim, and Serpico.
He lives in Scotland, with his wife and daughter and when he is not reading or listening to music, he pretends to write.