Cloud of Sparrows is a rich and intriguing novel set in 19th century Japan. Emily Gibson has come to Japan as a missionary. In America her beauty drove men wild, here she has no beauty at all. Matthew Stark speaks like a missionary but wears a pistol like a gunslinger. Emily has come to Japan to bury her past. Stark has come to kill his. Meanwhile, Lord Genji's palace is threatened by foreign ships and he plans to escape his ancestral home, Cloud of Sparrows. With him travel Emily and Stark and Heiko, his beautiful geisha and deadly spy. For adventure on an epic scale and a breathtakingly action packed read, you won't go far wrong with this extraordinary debut novel.