The Goddess Chronicle

The Goddess Chronicle

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AUTHOR: Natsuo Kirino
PUBLISHED: 3rd January 2013
ISBN: 9781847673015
£14.99

In a place like no other, on an island in the shape of a tear drop, two sisters are born into a family of the oracle. Kamikuu, with creamy skin and almond eyes, is admired far and wide; Namima, small but headstrong, learns to live in her sister's shadow.

On her sixth birthday, Kamikuu is presented with a feast of sea-serpent egg soup, sashimi and salted fish, and a string of pure pearls. Kamikuu has been chosen as the next Oracle, while Namima is shocked to discover she must serve the goddess of darkness. So begins an adventure that will take Namima from her first experience of love to the darkness of the underworld. But what happens when she returns to the island for revenge?

Natsuo Kirino, the queen of Japanese crime fiction, turns her hand to an exquisitely dark tale based on the Japanese myth of Izanami and Izanagi. A fantastical, fabulous tour-de-force, it is a tale as old as the earth about ferocious love and bitter revenge.
'Daring and disturbing . . . [Kirino is] prepared to push the human limits of this world . . . Remarkable', Los Angeles Times
'It is one of the most unexpected and playful novels to emerge from Japan in recent years . . . a triumph. In its boldness and originality, it broadens our sense of what modern Japanese fiction can be', (for Real World), Telegraph
'Be prepared for a book utterly unlike anything we are used to in crime fiction', (for Real World), Independent
'Got my heart beating', (for Out) Rose Tremain, Daily Telegraph
'In her wildly far-reaching tale of relations between gods and men, men and women, life and death, darkness and light, Natsuo Kirino tells a peripatetic, global, and truly satisfying love story of how it is to be human', Stella Duffy

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