Contains four stories in one ebook!
How does one find a shapeshifter who may not even exist?
The onmyouji Tsurugu no Kiyomori, a practitioner of the mystic arts, has been engaged to protect the warlord’s new bride from the fox spirit rumored to be near. Tsurugu and the shadow-warrior Shishio Hitoshi face an impossible challenge in teasing out a kitsune shapeshifter from the samurai and servants—if such a creature is even present at all.
The handsome mute twin servants belonging to Lady Kaede are certainly suspicious, but it is the beautiful and strong-willed lady herself who draws Shishio’s mistrust. Tsurugu and Shishio must move carefully, for accusing the warlord’s bride falsely would be death. But failing to identify the kitsune to the warlord is equally perilous, and there is more to discover. For an onmyouji knows secrets even the shadows do not….
Following the search for the shape-shifting kitsune, onmyouji Tsurugu no Kiyomori serves Naka no Yoritomo and his new wife Kaede, protecting their household from the supernatural and warning of more mundane threats.
Elsewhere, a murder is committed in Naka’s name, and an exiled onmyouji determines to wreak his own justice by destroying Naka no Yoritomo and his bride. just as word comes that an immensely powerful youkai is moving, coming to Kaede.
Now Tsurugu and his allies must protect his daimyou‘s house from a dangerous rival without revealing their own treacherous secrets—or they die by the hands of their friends instead of their enemies.
The Lonely Frost
Tsurugu no Kiyomori has been called to engage his supernatural skills once again. In a terrified mountainside village, tradesmen and goods are vanishing into chill air. Tsurugu must determine whether the disappearances are the work of human thieves or supernatural youkai. But even an experienced onmyouji like Tsurugu is not prepared for what he will find.
Tsurugu and Kaoru have been called to investigate a death that may be more than a simple murder. What they discover is a scheme that stretches beyond the ambitions of mere men, even emperor or shogun.