Brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people, Takeo has learned only the ways of peace. Why, then, does he possess the deadly skills that make him so valuable to the sinister Tribe? These supernatural powers will lead him to his violent destiny within the walls of Inuyama and to an impossible longing for a girl who can never be his. His journey is one of revenge and treachery, honour and loyalty, beauty and magic, and the passion of first love.
The first of Lian Hearn's Otori series. The original full version is for me, the only publication to read. The story line has too many holes in this abridged version. The missing sections lead to a flat colourless and incipid affair. The abdridged stories for the next two in the series adds to the loss of atmosphere and I believe for someone encoutering these for the first time may well deter them for completing the series.
The unabridged publication of Heaven's net is wide, the last - or possibly - the first is perfect as only a cherry blossom could be....
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