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Elizabeth WardThere is, in fact, much to enjoy. Lian Hearn (a pseudonym for Gillian Rubinstein, a British-born Australian who made her reputation with fantasies for younger readers) is a serious student of Japan. She has lived there, immersed herself in its history and culture and reportedly learned its difficult, elliptical language…Her feeling for the place and its past is apparent here, as in all the books, in numerous little touches.
—The Washington Post