Sixteen-year-old Takeo's village has been massacred by an evil warlord, and he is about to be slain by the men who murdered his parents and neighbors. At the last moment, his life is saved by a nobleman, who claims the boy as his kin and begins his education.
But nothing is as it seems. Takeo discovers that he has rare powers that are useful to those around him. As he grows into manhood, he must decide where his loyalties lie: with his noble master and adoptive father; with the Hidden, a secret, spiritual sect whose beliefs are forbidden; or with the Tribe, the assassins and spies who consider him one of their own.
A story of treachery, political intrigue, and the intensity of first love, set in a world ruled by formal ritual and codes of honor, Across the Nighingale Floor crosses genres, generations, and genders to captivate fans of all ages.
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©2002 Lian Hearn; (P) 2003 HighBridge Company
"The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel." (Amazon.com)
The writing and narration are so unremarkable that its popularity astonishes me. Not inherently bad, just completely by the numbers. Shogun beats it by miles for a fun tale of feudal Japan.
This was an average read - interesting enough to keep me listening but rather shallow characters that I never felt very attached to nor intrigued with. It was too short to have gotten very complex and I got the sense that the author cared more for imposing some assassin mystique than getting into the interesting depth of humans. The love story was disappointingly over-the-top lame and shallow. Good narration.
This book has it all -- wonderful prose, suspense, beautiful descriptions, great pace, and to top it all off, a history lesson in feudal Japan (which before this book I knew almost nothing).
A refreshing story about another culture in an earlier era. The characters come to life with emotion and feeling. Although filled with acts of cruelty and love, it is a beautiful and delightful listen.
I tried this book because I generally like Japanese stories. I really enjoyed the artistic quality of the imagery, the incredible honor yet powerful feeling in the characters, and the little bit of magic thrown in.
While the author does write with lyrical grace and skill, at times it comes across - at least to me - a bit indulgent and over the top. On the upside - some interesting concepts are explored in this Japanese/fantasy type setting. But in short, both the story and the character development are predictable and formulaic. When I'm rooting for the 'bad guys' - there are problems. If you are a James Clavell fan this book may not be a rewarding choice.
I purchased this book based on the reviews of others, this was one of the lamest books i've ever heard. The charactors were shallow and borring. The author tried too hard to make a good story. Save your money and get another book. The ending was absolutly unfullfilling.
I loved this book and promptly purchased the second in the trilogy. I hope the third book comes out on Audible within the next few days, as I a sure to rush through the second book.
A highly, highly enjoyable story with strong narration.
Great book with a very captivating story. The characters come to life and the narration was remarkable. Highly recommend!
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