By Takashi Matsuoka
Within the 12 months 1311, within the optimum tower of Cloud of Sparrows fort, a gorgeous lady sits by means of the window, looking at as enemies assemble less than and fires unfold throughout the evening. As she flippantly awaits her destiny, she starts off to write down, conscientiously atmosphere down on a scroll the key heritage of the Okumichi clan…of the present of prophecy they percentage and the intense future that awaits them.
For six centuries, those outstanding writings lay hidden—until they're exposed by means of an American lady, a missionary named Emily Gibson, who arrived in Edo harbor in 1861, in flight from a sad previous. quickly a rare guy might input her existence: Lord Genji of the Okumichi extended family, a nobleman with a present of prophecy who needs to safeguard his embattled family—and confront forbidden emotions for an interloper in his midst. Emily, too, quickly reveals herself at a turning aspect; courted via westerners, she is familiar with her center belongs to the single guy she can't have. yet Emily has discovered a project of her personal: translating Genji’s ancestral heritage, wasting herself in an epic story of heroism and forbidden love.
For this is the tale of girl Shizuka, the gorgeous witch-princess who has enchanted Okumichi males for generations…of Genji’s ancestors, Lord Hironobu and Lord Kiyori, and of the negative betrayals that passed off them…and of Genji’s mom and dad: a wastrel father and his baby bride whose tragic love has formed Genji as a pacesetter and as a guy. As Emily sifts in the course of the fragile scrolls, she starts to work out threads of her personal existence woven into the traditional writings. And as prior and current collide, a hidden background involves existence, and with it a mystery prophecy that has been shrouded for hundreds of years, and should now ultimately be published. Takashi Matsuoka’s spellbinding novel is infused with spectacle, intricately woven, magically advised. Autumn Bridge is a banquet for the senses, a piece of actually incredible storytelling.
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She looked up at Caitlyn. “Destiny is at work in your life. That which seems random chance is not. You are at the edge of the wheel right now, lost in the chaos of a world that turns at maddening speed, but if you fulfill your destiny, you will journey to the heart of the wheel, where all is motionless and clear. You will journey to the heart. The heart. ” Her eyes widened, and she stared at Caitlyn. ” Caitlyn struggled to make sense of what she was saying. “What is the heart in darkness? And why did you put this card under my pillow right before you died in that car crash?
Her mother flipped over the next card. ” It was the Knight of Cups. An armored knight sitting astride a horse held up a golden goblet, a smile touching his lips. There were wings atop his helmet and on the heels of his feet, and his surcoat was patterned with water and fish. ” Caitlyn asked hopefully. Her mother gave her a mischievous, knowing look. “A guy. ” Caitlyn grinned. ” Her mother smiled, then pointed to the next three cards. ” She turned them all over: the Three of Swords showed a red heart pierced by three swords, with storming rain in the background; the Fool depicted a young man with his eyes on the sky, about to step off the edge of a cliff and into an abyss; and finally, a skeleton in black armor rode a white horse, with the body of a king beneath the horse’s hooves: Death.
She shuddered and turned the page. After several months she’d realized that drawing the Screechers wasn’t making them go away, and to save her own sanity she’d turned her pens and pencils to recording images from her more benign dreams. She thumbed through those pages now, seeing her gradually increasing drawing skill more than the images themselves: hunters chased a dear; a pioneer girl rode a horse; teenagers loafed on a couch. On one page, a man stabbed his friend in a bar; on the facing page, a woman dressed for her wedding.