Legend of the Five Rings: The Heart of Iuchiban by Evan Dicken

The Heart of Iuchiban

A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

The Heart of Iuchiban

A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

By Evan Dicken

Return to the world of Legend of the Five Rings: Adventures in Rokugan, in this fantasy adventure pitting noble samurai against a forgotten evil corrupting the whole realm

Something is wrong in the Emerald Empire. The emperor is ailing, the court is weak and the Great Clans threaten to escalate their petty squabbling into all-out war. But in the shadows, another threat lurks – sinister Bloodspeaker cults attempt to resurrect the forgotten sorcerer Iuchiban, who possess a power so great it could destroy all of Rokugan. Now seven samurai, one from each of the Great Clans, must put aside their pride, fear, and rivalry to unite and prevent the Bloodspeakers from finding the legendary tomb of Iuchiban, and the hideous treasure locked inside. All that stands in the samurai’s way is their hatred of each other. The road will be long and bloody, but glory waits for them at journey’s end. As does death…

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The realm of Rokugan is a land of samurai, courtiers, and mystics, of dragons and divine beings – a world of heroism, magic, and steel. Through times of peace and war, the samurai of the seven Great Clans have competed for power and influence. But as the trust between them fractures, those struggles turn ever bloodier. Former allies become fierce adversaries, and unlikely pacts are forged between ancient enemies. While conflict and political intrigue divide the clans, the true threat awaits in the darkness of the Shadowlands, beyond the vast Carpenter Wall. There, in the twisted wastelands, an evil corruption endlessly seeks the downfall of the empire. As the Shadowlands threat grows, samurai from the warring clans must put aside their differences and unite if they are to save the very soul of Rokugan.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 368pp
Cover Art: Larry Rostant
Genre: Fantasy

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: November 22, 2022
UK On Sale Date: February 2, 2023
Paperback ISBN: 9781839081842
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: November 1, 2022
ebook ISBN: 9781839081859


Global On Sale: November 1, 2022
ISBN: 9798765050606

About the Author

By day, EVAN DICKEN studies old Japanese maps and crunches numbers for all manner of fascinating research at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons, and he has stories forthcoming from Black Library and Rampant Loon Press.

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Interviews and Articles

The Heart of Iuchiban kept me reading and guessing. Highly recommended!”
Witty and Sarcastic Book Club

“I had a lot of fun with The Heart of Iuchiban and I think it earns a four out of five.”
Tympest Books

“Dicken crafted some top-notch puzzles for the characters to solve. I did really enjoy the story and do recommend it, especially if anyone is looking for a new series to draw them in.”
Cosmic Circus

“All in all this was a brilliant addition to the growing Legend of the Five Rings line up and I cannot wait to read more in this line and more work by Evan Dicken who clearly knows the source material and is passionate about their writing.”
What You Tolkien About

Praise for Evan Dicken

“Imaginative, deftly written and action-packed.”

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer, on The Red Hours


“Dicken’s writing is clear and imaginative, and there’s lots to enjoy with interesting characters, a vivid setting and an entertaining plot.”

Track of Words, on The Path to Glory

Legend of the Five Rings: The Heart of Iuchiban by Evan Dicken

Global Ebook On Sale: November 1, 2022
US Paperback On Sale: November 22, 2022
UK Paperback On Sale: February 2, 2023
Global Audiobook On Sale: November 1, 2022

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