(From the publisher):
In this deft and enchanting retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
, Kara Dalkey has mixed history and legend, weaving the Andersen fable into a fascinating novel about court life in ancient Japan -- a life of pageantry and poetry, of great beauty and casual cruelty, of life and courtly intrigue as the men and women of the royal household vie for the Emperor's favor, and each other.... This is the story of Uguisu, a young woman with an extraordinary gift for song, who is brought to the Emperor's palace to be the greatest of his many possessions. Her song can bring tears to a courtier's eyes, but it is her wit, her courage, and her heart that must serve her best of all.
Original title: The Nightingale
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales & Folklore→ Reinterpretations
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical