The Leopard Mask by Kaoru Kurimoto
(The Guin Saga, Book 1)

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The Guin Saga is epic heroic fantasy in the smae vein as Robert E. Howard's Conan, the Barbarian. More than a hundred books strong and growing, the saga has sold more than twenty-five million copies in Japan. Vertical will publish the first five installments that comprise "The Marches Episode" arc.

In a single day and night of fierce fighting, the Archduchy of Mongaul has overrun its elegant neighbor, Parros. The lost priest kindgom's surviving royalty, the young twins Rinda and Remus, hide in a forest in the forbidding wil marches. There they are saved by a mysterious creature with a man's body and a leopard's heas, who has emerged from a deep sleep and remembers only his name. Guin.
 

About Kaoru Kurimoto

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Author Kaoru Kurimoto, winner of the Edogawa Rampo and Yoshikawa Eiji Awards, lives in Tokyo Japan.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Vertical. 231 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Originally published in 1979 and the first of a planned 100 books in the series (87 of which have already appeared in Japan), Kurimoto's fantasy provides plenty of straightforward action and ad

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Originally published in 1979 and the first of a planned 100 books in the series (87 of which have already appeared in Japan), Kurimoto's fantasy provides plenty of straightforward action and ad

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- Guin Saga II and III Synopsis of full series BOOK REVIEWS: 1, 2 Notwithstanding where the later episodes in the Guin Saga may have taken the series, if The Leopard Mask is at all representative of what's to come, you'll either want to learn to read Japanese real quick, or haunt your bo...

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The Leopard Mask, the first installment of The Guin Saga, is a rather uninspiring tale of two twins (Remus and Rinda) whose kingdom has fallen to an evil army and who are now trying to stay alive among all of the ghouls, demons, and other nasties who live in the marches.

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