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By I. J. Parker

In an event choked with street bandits, unscrupulous politicians, and renegade priests, The Dragon Scroll introduces readers to the energetic international of eleventh-century Japan and an irrepressible hero—Sugawara Akitada. On his first authentic project, Akitada—an impoverished nobleman and earnest younger executive clerk within the Ministry of Justice—is despatched from the capital urban on an almost very unlikely challenge to the far away province of Kazusa to find why tax convoys are disappearing. within the politically murky global of the japanese courtroom, he has been organize to fail. opposed to the chances, the ever-resourceful Akitada, his aged servant Seimei, and his impudent bodyguard Tora are decided to satisfy their challenge and become aware of the reality in a city of harmful secrets and techniques.

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She had willingly positioned her existence into her lover’s arms, and now she used to be by myself and in melancholy. The streets lay empty, yet within the timber silent shapes moved looking for prey. someplace a small animal shrieked and whatever thrashed approximately. She clasped her trailing skirts to her and commenced to run back, surprising worry of night-hunting tigers and bloody-fanged demons dogging her steps. unusual shapes loomed out of the darkness of deserted gardens; eerie sounds got here from the branches of towering bushes. whilst an evening fowl began up, its wing brushing her cheek, she cried out to the goddess Kannon. Then she observed the gilded roof decoration of the pagoda and sighed with aid. She had reached the damaged wall of the outdated deserted temple and knew the place she was once. The holy structures lay silent and peaceable within the moonlight. The goddess, protector of the susceptible and , resided there and had heard her cry. simply previous the temple, in an open box the place squatters had equipped their tattered shacks, the second one watcher stuck up with the younger girl. The human predator had anticipated his prey to come along with her lover, whose lengthy sword he had ready opposed to by means of positioning his males within reach, yet this used to be much better. Grinning, he jumped into her course. She stopped and gasped. simply then the clouds parted and the moonlight fell on his face. Recoiling in horror, she screamed. This time the goddess didn't listen. ONE INCIDENT IN FUJISAWA at the TOKAIDO: GODS-ABSENT MONTH (NOVEMBER), a similar yr The Tokaido, nice imperial road to the japanese provinces, was once either seriously traveled and dangerous. the govt had confirmed checkpoints or boundaries, staffed with army defend contingents, to check tourists’ records and patrol the encircling sector, yet they have been few and much among, and street theft used to be a lifestyle for determined males. the 2 tourists from the capital had come a long way on their publish horses. A tall younger guy in a pale searching gown and undeniable twill trousers rode in entrance. the truth that he carried a sword marked him as one of many “good humans. ” His servant, a mild outdated guy in a undeniable darkish gown, on a packhorse. The younger nobleman was once Akitada, impecunious descendant of the recognized yet ill-fated Sugawara extended family, twenty-five years previous and lately an insignificant junior clerk within the imperial Ministry of Justice, a place he had gained simply simply because he had positioned first within the college exam. Now he used to be on an authentic fee to enquire lacking tax shipments from Kazusa province, an project that crammed him with amazing pleasure not just simply because was once it his first trip from the capital, but in addition simply because he looked it as an honor past his wildest desires. Seimei, who had served Akitada’s kin all his lifestyles, privately proposal his younger grasp useful of any honor yet saved this to himself. He was once expert at bookkeeping, had a superb wisdom of natural medications, and prided himself on his familiarity with the works of Confucius, whom he usually quoted to Akitada in his function of fatherly adviser.

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