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Discussion Questions

Lord of the Darkwood: The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 3

1. What do Lady Fuji and the Abbess know about the art of survival? In their world, when is survival dishonorable?

2. When the lutes and weapons are able to recognize their rightful owners, what do they indicate about an “inanimate” object’s ability to become a personal extension of the soul? Which of your possessions would you want to bring to life?

3. Take and Hina discuss the fact that Heaven is punishing their people (through drought and other disasters) because the Miboshi arrogantly chose the emperor they wanted. In our contemporary world, does our planet reflect human discord and attempt to guide humanity to the right path?

4. Discuss the mysterious Darkwood as if it were a character. When does it bring comfort? When is it inhospitable? Who are its closest companions?

5. When Arinori takes Yayoi’s purity, what does she learn about the price of a man’s protection? How has she changed since childhood? What will it take for her to reclaim her true identity?

6. What are Lord Aritomo’s weaknesses? What has prevented his defeat so far? 

Lord of the Darkwood: The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 3
by Lian Hearn

  • Publication Date: August 9, 2016
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Originals
  • ISBN-10: 0374536333
  • ISBN-13: 9780374536336