Rob Hobart

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The Sword of Amatsu

For four centuries, the Empire of the Sun and Moon has been torn apart by war as its samurai Clans fight for the empty throne of the Emperors. The Gray Wolf Clan is one of only six Clans remaining, but faces a deadly threat from the more powerful and ruthless Jade Dragon Clan. Yet the greatest threat to the Empire is not the bloody ambitions of its samurai. The shadowy followers of the Cult of the Mask, worshippers of foreign demons, burrow through the Empire’s society like worms in rotten meat, growing in power year by year.

As battles rage and conspiracies fester, the fate of the Empire will turn on the actions of a handful of samurai. The young lord Ookami Akira, trained by monks to be a master of war but desperately ignorant of the Empire’s civilization, must learn to be the ruler of the Gray Wolf Clan or he and his people will perish. Kuroi Kaede, a naïve girl forced into an unwilling marriage to Akira, must master the courts if she is to survive. The lowly magistrate Kobayashi Mitsui is the only one in the Empire who recognizes the true scale of the threat from the Cult of the Mask. And the murderous wandering swordsman Kenji may hold the fate of all in his blood-stained hands…


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The Masks of Dakkuru

In the wake of the divine visitation at the Battle of Nagai Kyukai Plain, Ookami Akira is now the High Lord of the Wolf Clan, while the opposing Jade Dragon Clan has plunged into civil war. But Akira has hardly claimed his new position than he must struggle against the danger of a civil war in his own Clan, as ambitious samurai Lords plot to depose and replace him. His estranged wife Kaede faces troubles of her own as she seeks to master the art of politics and to protect her infant son Basho.

Meanwhile, the threat of the Demon Lords of Dakkurru grows by the day, along with the machinations of their opponents, the mysterious Aelfynn. Akira’s lover Satsuki fights in desperate battles against invasions by Demon-worshipping barbarians. The magistrate Kobayashi Mitsui risks life and sanity to unravel the conspiracies of the Demons’ Cult of the Mask. And the swordsman Kenji, chosen as the Sword of the divine Sun Goddess Amatsu, must find a way to understand his own power and purpose, even as the Empire’s Theological Council accuses him of heresy and the Cult of the Mask seeks his blood…


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