Tales of the Otori

14 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 16,163 ratings

Across the Nightingale Floor Publisher's Summary

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

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.

©2002 Lian Hearn (P)2003 HighBridge Company
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  • Book 1

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book One
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,470
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,547

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful epic story

    • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

    Regular price: $25.87

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $18.65

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida's warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe - preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self - that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Predictable and flat

    • By Gvido on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $20.68

  • Book 0

    • Heaven's Net is Wide

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last tale that both closes the circle and introduces readers to the strange and beautiful world of the Otori. It is an epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honour and loyalty, beauty and passion and the overwhelming power of love, set in a mystical, medieval Japan, which will enthral readers the world over.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read

    • By Robyn on 09-18-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Heaven's Net Is Wide

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    In a remote mountain village, a boy is born gifted with the supernatural skills of his father, once the deadliest assassin of the Tribe. Set in the years before the beginning of Across the Nightingale Floor, Heaven's Net Is Wide by Lian Hearn is the first and last tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new listeners to the fantastical, beautiful and thrilling world of the Otori. It is an epic story of betrayal, revenge, magic and love.

    Regular price: $26.89

  • Book 2

    • Grass for His Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book Two
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,419
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

    The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book. First one was better

    • By RacerX on 03-10-04

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Grass for his Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $18.65

    • Grass for His Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Grass for His Pillow is the second novel in Lian Hearn's astonishingly beautiful series inspired by feudal Japan, Tales of the Otori. In the ancient Oriental lands of the Otori, amidst a time of violent war, famine and treacherous alliances, the fate of the young lovers Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede hangs in the balance.... Takeo, heir to the great Otori clan, has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. His supernatural skills of virtual invisibility and acute hearing make him their most deadly assassin.

    Regular price: $20.68

  • Book 3

    • Brilliance of the Moon

    • Tales of the Otori, Book Three
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,630
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest.

    • By William T. Katz on 08-05-04

    Regular price: $25.87

    • Brilliance of the Moon

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 3
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    The third title in the compelling Tales of the Otori - the story that began with Across the Nightingale Floor and Grass for his Pillow, Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn is an epic tale of love, power and destiny, set in a mythical world inspired by feudal Japan. Takeo and the exquisite Kaede, still only teenagers, are now married, but the implacable forces of destiny that rule their lives tear them apart.

    Regular price: $20.68

  • Book 4

    • Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • The Last Tale of the Otori
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 688
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 691

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Destroys the happy ending of the trilogy

    • By Elizabeth on 01-20-08

    Regular price: $32.87

    • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the dazzling continuation of the Tales of the Otori, an unforgettable epic with a vast emotional landscape, a classic work that crosses genres, genders and generations.‘Their realm is held in balance by their union ... Break that union and the Three Countries will fall apart.’Otori Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the events laid out in the epic Tales of the Otori.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading of a poor sequel

    • By S. Becker on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $41.03

    • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Henri Lubatti, Julia Fletcher
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Otori Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the events laid out in the epic Tales of the Otori. They have three daughters: Shigeko, 15 years old and heir to the Otori, and Maya and Miki, 13-year-old twins who have inherited the supernatural skills of their father. Kaede knows nothing of the prophecy that Takeo will die at the hands of his son and longs to give him a male child. Nor does she know of the boy he fathered 16 years ago.

    Regular price: $30.00

    • Heaven's Net Is Wide

    • A Prequel to Tales of the Otori
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 458
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465

    Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Satisfied

    • By Maria on 07-16-08

    Regular price: $29.99