About the BookIt is a country of myths and demons, dragons and magic, a land long ruled by the spirits of wind and water. Alas, its human sphere is not so benignly governed. The old Emperor has died, and the heir is weak and timid. Vicious Lord Ghita reigns from the Phoenix Throne, and once-peaceful Chiyaden drowns in blood. Blood will find the Emperor's sword master, too, should he depart his mountain exile. But Shoka vows to fight no more in a world which has forgotten justice. Then one day a peasant who would take up the sword seeks him out, demanding justice - and revenge Will the legends that rise around them hold power enough to turn the battles ahead?