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Across the Nightingale Floor

7 Ratings: 4.0
The first book in Lian Hearn's "Tales of the Otori" trilogy.

The debut novel of Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series, Across the Nightingale Floor, is set in a feudal Japan on the edge of the imagination. The tale begins with young Takeo, a member of a subversive and persecuted religious group, who returns … see full wiki

Author: Lian Hearn
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, Hodder Headline, Penguin Books, Riverhead
Date Published: 2002
ISBN: 0-7336-1562-7
2 reviews about Across the Nightingale Floor
review by . May 19, 2010
Book One of Tales of the Otori: Across the Nightingale Floor
 Lian Hearn creates a rich and sublime fantasy world for her Cinderella meets Joe Samurai kick off of this intriguing series.  The deep historical undertow of Asian history and ancient vs. modern perspective is tempered by grotesquely complex characters and a page-turning narrative.  Tomasu...renamed Takeo, a country bumpkin from the Hidden traditions of the masses (strongly linked to Christianity vs. Paganism) battles deep character ambivalence while surviving  the destruction …
review by . February 03, 2004
Nicely done and fast moving, this tale conjures up an imaginary medieval Japanese world that is both convincing and absorbing . . . even if it never really existed.    Recounting the coming of age of young Tomasu, renamed Takeo by his heroic protector Otori Shigeru, it takes our young hero from the idyllic life of a secret religious cult hidden deep in the mountains, a group eerily reminiscent of early Japanese Christians, into a much larger world of samurai, assassins, and political …
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