Across the Nightingale Floor

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Penguin, 2003 - Fiction - 305 pages
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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. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills. When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor?and to his own unimaginable destiny...

An international bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn.

 

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Excellent Series

User Review  - Hidden Mastermind - Borders

The Tales of the Otori series is an outstanding blend of action, drama, forbidden love, and stirring fantasy. To see the gifted Takeo rise to his destiny throughout these stories has been the ... Read full review

Fantasy at it's best

User Review  - andrsty - Borders

A good blend of fantasy and action that's reminiscent of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." This is one series that's definetly among the best along with "The Dresden Files." Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
35
Section 3
49
Section 4
79
Section 5
93
Section 6
119
Section 7
135
Section 8
167
Section 10
213
Section 11
227
Section 12
255
Section 13
263
Section 14
289
Section 15
293
Section 16
306
Copyright

Section 9
193

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About the author (2003)

Lian Hearn is the pseudonym for the writer Gillian Rubinstein, currently living in Australia, who has a lifelong interest in Japan, has lived there, and speaks Japanese. All five books in the Tales of the Otori series—Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for His Pillow, Brilliance of the Moon, The Harsh Cry of the Heron, and Heaven's Net is Wide—are available now from Riverhead Books.

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