An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace.
We arrived at the tower at the top of the castle. The door was locked. 'We can't go into that room,' said Ho Hum. 'Not ever.' Tashi tells Jack about his scariest adventure ever the mysterious stranger Bluebeard moved into the old castle. Nobody knew what a monser Bluebeard was until he challenges Tashi to complete three impossible tasks. Can Tashi really save the day again?
A beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth.... In the third volume of the phenomenal series that began with the best-selling Across the Nightingale Floor and then Grass For His Pillow
Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international best seller and critical success. With Grass for His Pillow, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation - a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love.
Tashi always has big adventures, like the time he got lost in the city and had no escape from the mean man with a glass eye and a silver dagger…then, on the way home, Tashi and Grandma are kidnapped by brigands called Fearless and Ferocious. But clever Tashi always knows what to do - stay calm, think hard and move fast. Anne Fienberg is one of Australia's most popular and prolific writers for children. This wonderful tale of Tashi is narrated by Tamblyn and will delight young listeners.
"Tashi and the Haunted House": "Don't go near the ghost house. Who knows what is prowling around in there!" There's a light in the window of the haunted house, and Tashi is going in…He's brave, but is he fast enough to beat two mysterious strangers in a race around the village? And what will happen if he loses? "Tashi and the Royal Tomb": "Everything around me went still…the warrior's eyes were following me." Spooky things happen when an ancient burial site is discovered in the village and Tashi is nearly burned alive!