I'm sad that the characters I became attached to are only to serve as backstory for the rest of the series, but am also excited to see where the story goes from here. Hearn really captures the emotional struggle that each class level in feudal Japan had to endure, from high-ranking men to women of the pleasure houses. The buildups to major events were exciting, and the shocking plot twists were hard to see coming I especially loved the events leading to the death of one character, so. I know that as soon as I can find the rest of the series I will gobble them up.
This is so sad, and very disapointing. I have loved this entire series, even more by the fact that I feel like I happened upon it myself years ago and how it seems to have a small audience. You know how it is when you have a favorite book or movie thatyou don't think anyone else knows about about but you, and that it seems made for you? That was how it was for me and the Tales of the Otori series.
This book, technically the fifth in the series but written as the "first", is presumably the last bo This is so sad, and very disapointing. This book, technically the fifth in the series but written as the "first", is presumably the last book and I hope so. I was fine with the original four in the "trilogy". To be fair, I gave this book several chances. Of the odd pages, I made it just past - almost half way through. I add that as a disclaimer, because by this point in every other title in the series I was hooked and wanted to call out of work to keep reading. It's such a wonderful world to be in.
So far in this title, we've seen a lot of banal political machinations and TONS of unrequited love. This book could easily be shelved in the romance section for all it's dwellings on Shiegru, his mistress, and his wife. That's not to say that the other titles were lacking on romance they actually thrived on it at times , but it was broken up with bits about The Tribe and other more interesting fantasy elements.
They've barely touched upon that here. It seems, at the point I had reached, they are just now introducing elements and characters that would play out in the other four books, and even knowing that, I still don't care. When it feels like it's a chore to force yourself to pick up a book and continue reading it, it's maybe time to stop.
And I have. However, I have not completely abandoned it. I do plan on popping in a reading some chapters here and there, just in case mostly because so many of the other reviews on here about the title seem to overwhelmingly positive - I have not been reading the same book thus far! I'll update if it changes my opinion any. View 2 comments. Feb 28, Matt Barker rated it liked it. This is the back story fans have been yearning for. Set before the Tales begin, 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 in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord; 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. The first four volumes gave us only glimpses.
Now we are treated to rich detail and more of Hearn's fantastical Japanese world. Gripping and bewitching, Heaven's Net is a new beginning and a grand finale; a story of monumental battles, supreme loyalty, triumphant love, and heartbreak. It ends just before Across the Nightingale Floor begins, bringing the Otori epic full circle. Jul 23, Durand D'souza rated it it was amazing. It had been a long time since I had read Harsh Cry of the Heron and I couldn't really remember the characters or the plot very well, however as this was a prequel, I really had no excuses to not read it.
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Lian Hearn did a brilliant job with this book and it is definitely my favourite Tales of the Otori book, even though it is not part of the original series. I would absolutely love it if there was a sequel to this from the perspective of Shigeru but that is clearly not possible. After reading thi It had been a long time since I had read Harsh Cry of the Heron and I couldn't really remember the characters or the plot very well, however as this was a prequel, I really had no excuses to not read it.
Sep 10, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , japanese-fantasy. The culture of feudal Japan has a certain harsh attractiveness, and one of the things this author does well is display both the harshness, and the beauty. Would I want to have lived in that period, particularly as a woman? Certainly not. But it's a good place to visit, at least in the imagination. Probably I should have reread the original Otori series before circling back around to this prequel novel; I got confused about who people were, at least at first, and I'm sure some moments that were su The culture of feudal Japan has a certain harsh attractiveness, and one of the things this author does well is display both the harshness, and the beauty.
Probably I should have reread the original Otori series before circling back around to this prequel novel; I got confused about who people were, at least at first, and I'm sure some moments that were supposed to be emotionally significant didn't land because I lacked the proper context, but it is still a compelling, and at times devastating read. The characters are wonderful, fascinating, solid people, and if the action is sometimes a bit slow, well, it's worth reading to find out what happens to them.
Sep 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing.
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Jan 06, Robin Bourgeous rated it it was amazing. I loved all of the books in The Tale of the Otori. I read Across the Nightingale Floor first by accident. At least I didn't know it was part of a series and was fascinated with the story. Got the downloads from Audible for the entire series and was immersed in the Tale for days. They brought to life the beauty, subtlety, intrigue and brutality of Japanese culture in that era. It's something that needs to be given full reign over the imagination to appreciate and get a glimmer of understanding of I loved all of the books in The Tale of the Otori.
It's something that needs to be given full reign over the imagination to appreciate and get a glimmer of understanding of how the harshness of life at that time made the smallest and simplest things so precious, elegant and beautiful. The characters were believable:full of courage, knowing that wit and action were the only means of staying alive.
Yet, subtlety was the sharpest weapon of all, constantly searching and sifting for duplicity in every word and action for a trap that might spring or blow that might fall. All the while carefully masking all evidence of one's vigilance for traces of another's treachery. Inevitable betrayal results due to the need for alliances to achieve and maintain power.
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Greed overcomes all, but the philosophical insights posed by the culture of the story and characters is well worth the read, told with subtlety and a liberal dose of fantasy interwoven by the Tribe. Fascinating and insightful reading if you take the time to immerse yourself and engage. Jul 02, Bondama rated it really liked it. There is a feeling that comes when one finds a new book by a favorite author that is indescribable.
When I saw that there was a prequel to the Tales of the Otori, I simply felt truly joyous.
There has never been a tremendous amount of writing about the "Far East" -- but Hearn's tales of the Otori are in a class by themselves. Lian Hearn writes of what is basically a fantastic version of an unspecified period of time in Japanese history that, honestly, not a lot of people are familiar with, other There is a feeling that comes when one finds a new book by a favorite author that is indescribable. Lian Hearn writes of what is basically a fantastic version of an unspecified period of time in Japanese history that, honestly, not a lot of people are familiar with, other than scholars.
There is one book that will remain one of my all-time favorites, by David Mitchell, called The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet that is the opposite of Hearn's, basically because the heart of the book is based on actual history of the Chrysanthemum Kingdom. But Hearn, in his Japan of the Tribe, and the Hidden who appear to be Christians of a sort - has virtually no hint of real historical fact, but his medieval Japan is a mighty engrossing, fascinating world. I most wholeheartedly recommend ANY if the Otori tales -- walking through a new world is an experience that does not come frequently.
View 1 comment. Took me almost 6 weeks to finish this. Once you've read a trilogy and its final part in the 4th book, it's very hard, at least for me to have to read the 5th book as the 'prequel'.
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Seeing as I already knew how it's going to play out, the motivation wasn't really there to dip into this story as often as i have done with the previous four books. It was a lovely insight into Shigeru's upbringing and past, which led him to begin his quest in ' Across the Nightingale Floor ' Book 1 However if I had a cho Took me almost 6 weeks to finish this. Mar 15, Pamela rated it liked it. I bought this in London for Alex to read teen literature section - and ended up reading it myself.
The author is a British author who developed a facination with early Japan. Hers is a fictional world of 3 Japanese warrior clans a tribe with valueable skills hired as spies and assasins and a hidden group with alternative religious views. I like the story and the writing. At times it seemed a bit slow, but the characters are strong and well developed with beliefs and actions that tie them clos I bought this in London for Alex to read teen literature section - and ended up reading it myself.
At times it seemed a bit slow, but the characters are strong and well developed with beliefs and actions that tie them closely to their time and fictional world. She had a four part series about the world of the "Otori" and this particular book is a prequal to that series. In the end, I did want to read more, and I think I'll start on the first book. Aug 04, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , cultural , japan , favorites , asian-fantasy , past-earth , political-fantasy. This book is a redemption in my eyes. It is the prequel but it was written after The Harsh Cry of the Heron which disturbed me.
It's been a while since I read the last book in this series, but I distinctly remember thinking this is over the top. I don't care about Takeru's daughters I should probably give it another read, but I'm here to say that whatever the reason for the bad taste left in my mouth after Harsh Cry , all is as it should be now. Hard to find Australian 1st edition of this prequel book.nttsystem.xsrv.jp/libraries/6/dyqy-handy-spionage-apps.php
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