Across the Nightingale Floor

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Picador, 2003 - Japan - 309 pages
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'The most compelling novel to have been published this year' Amanda Craig, Observer 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... The stunningly powerful bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor, is an epic story for readers young and old. Set in a mythical, feudal, Japanese land, a world both beautiful and cruel, the intense love story of two young people takes place against a background of warring clans, secret alliances, high honour and lightning swordplay.

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User Review  - sochri - LibraryThing

I got this trilogy as audio books because I was going on a long road trip and wanted something to listen to. The two narrators really made the point of view changes easy to follow. After I listened to ... Read full review

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User Review  - garethmottram - LibraryThing

Really mysterious and fleshed out secret clans and well paced exciting Samurai and Ninja-like combat/action scenes which leap into life all across your mind. Believable relationships Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language, many trips to Japan, and culminated in the Tales of the Otori series.

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