The Poison Lotus
In Ancient Japan, while a civil war rages between the royal houses of the Yamato Plains, a rebellion of united warlords threatens to engulf the entire island. More
Involving feudalism similar to Akira Kurosawa's Ran and Shakespeare's King Lear, this epic fantasy is deeply rooted in Japanese history. Set around 1600 AD after a century of intense war between rival provinces, the country is evolving into an Empire and the throne is at stake. This is character-based fiction with fluid dialogue and solid syntax to support numerous underlying themes, including the corruption of Imperial power and the true nature of their warrior-culture. This novel balances the juxtaposition between simplistic but perfectly beautiful descriptions of nature found in Japanese Haiku poetry, along with the intense personal and political violence of the samurai and ninja subcultures, all beset by the calm philosophy of Buddhism.