In growing from boy to man, Takeo chooses a path of danger and vengeance, and learns of the prophecy that shapes his destiny. Kaede, destined to submit to a political marriage, must use her intelligence, beauty, and cunning to assert her place in a world of all-powerful men who must never know that she is carrying Takeo's child.
In the ancient Oriental lands of the Otori, Lian Hearn has created a brilliantly imagined culture that has cast its spell over thousands of readers worldwide. Here is epic storytelling whose appeal crosses genres, genders, and generations.
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"Adept at creating vivid natural settings where the supernatural feels unusually plausible, Hearn catches fresh details of trees, birds, rivers, and mountains. With quick, direct sentences like brushstrokes on a Japanese scroll, she suggests vast and mysterious landscapes full of both menace and wonder. Hearn shows that middle novels of trilogies don't have to simply fill space between an exciting opening and conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Grass for His Pillow - Delightful"
Read the first in this series, Across the Nightingale Floor some years ago and found all 4 on here when selecting for a trip to China. These stories are beautifully crafted, set in ancient Japan I presume although they don't actually state it and don't call the warriors Samurai... Jamie Glover & Isla Blair narrate wonderfully, I was glued to my headphones and it passed the time before I knew it!
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