Across the Nightingale Floor: The sword of the warrior

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Picador, 2006 - Fantasy fiction - 276 pages
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Seventeen-year-old Tomasu lives in a remote mountain village, some of whose residents-including his mother-are members of the Hidden, a clandestine, peaceful religious sect. He has never met his father. One day, while Tomasu is out collecting mushrooms, a band of Tohan warriors descends upon and massacres the village. Tomasu confronts the warriors, but is rescued by the mysterious Lord Otori, who changes the boy's name to Takeo, and wants to adopt him. As Takeo learns to read, and to fight with sword and pole, on and off horseback, he does not realize that he is the center of a bloody intrigue . . . until it is almost too late. ' Quite simply the best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense to have come this way since Philip Pullman' - Amanda Craig, Independent on Sunday

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About the author (2006)

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 to0 the study of the Japanese language, many trips to Japan and culminated in the writing of the Tales of the Otori.

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