To Journey in the Year of the Tiger : H. Leighton Dickson
To Journey in the Year of the Tiger (The Rise of the Upper Kingdom Book 1)
Kirin Wynegarde-Grey is a young man with a big job – Captain of the Personal Guard of Empress Thothloryn Parillaud Markova Wu, in a Kingdom that spans from the mountains of western China to the deserts of the Middle East. He adheres strictly to the Bushido, the Way of the Warrior and he prides himself on his position, running the guard in a precise, orderly fashion. However, while his professional life is on track, his personal life is a mess, with a rebellious brother, a dangerous adjutant, a suspicious court and a love that is forbidden. When a threat to the Empire threatens to overthrow everything that is safe and known and ordered, he must lead a team that includes both his brother and his adjutant, along with three other radically different and unnerving ‘specialists’. He quickly finds himself out of his league, both physically and emotionally, but for such an ordered and disciplined soul as his, this might not be such a bad thing…
For Kirin Wynegarde-Grey is a lion, in a world where humans are legend and animals walk like men. His is a Dynasty of cats, of lions and tigers, leopards and cheetahs, embracing and blending the cultures of Dynastic China, Ancient India and Feudal Japan. Half feline, half human, this is a world that has evolved on the heels of the fall of human civilization in a blend of science, fantasy and zoological speculation.
This is the journey of six individuals as they travel beyond the edges of the known Empire, into lands uncharted and wild. But the dangers do not only lie in the unknown lands, for there are those in the government who do not wish their mission to succeed. Theirs is a journey of magic and mystery, science and swords, romance and intrigue. It is a journey of different perspectives and unexpected kharma and love found in surprising places. It is a journey that takes place five thousand years or so in the future, naturally in the Year of the Tiger.
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