This is the story of August 14 and 15.Shintaro Kisaragi--self-appointed guardian of his domestic domain--has refused to leave the comfort of his room for two whole years. But Shintaro's life is about to take an unexpected turn when his computer crashes and he is forced to venture into the world he was happy to shut out forever...and stumbles right into the middle of a hostage situation!
自然の要塞であったはずの島で、冒険者にして偉大なるソロンの領主は暗殺騎士の魔術に斃れた。卑劣な魔術に蝕まれ操り人形と化した〈走狗（ミニオン）〉の正体を突き止めるべく、領主の娘アミーナは騎士ファルク・フィッツジョンらとともに行動を開始する。〈走狗〉候補の八人の容疑者、謀略により沈められた封印の鐘、鍵のかかった塔上の牢から忽然と消えた不死の青年──そして、甦った「呪われたデーン人」の襲来はいつ？ 魔術や呪いが跋扈する世界の中で、推理の力は果たして真相に辿り着くことができるのか？ 第64回日本推理作家協会賞受賞ほか、各種年末ミステリ・ランキングで上位を総なめにした、俊英渾身の本格推理巨編。
Summary of the first book:
In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they're walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected. Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead...?