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Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori Book Three (Tales of the Otori #3)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,477 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life . . . is no longer your own."

The stage is set: Takeo and his new bride Kaede are on the brink of starting a war to reclaim the lands that are her rightful claim by birth, with a thousand loyal warriors by their side.
Audio CD, 9 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by HighBridge Company (first published 2003)
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Jan 25, 2016 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and nice story!!!!
Nov 19, 2007 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, japanese, own
The stories take place in a fantasy world based on ancient Japan. The stories follow a boy, Takeo, as he is thrust into a warrior-based society after his family is slaughtered. It also follows the tale of Kaede, a beautiful, but cursed girl who becomes the love and passion of Takeo's life.

The stories are derivative of many boy-hero books, you'll see hints of Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars if you look carefully enough. While the book relies heavily on this style, it doesn't take away from
Aug 10, 2009 Karlo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alt-history
Having purchased all five books on the strength of the first, I am at a crossroads. This book delivered the lyrical, descriptive language that I found so enchanting in Book 1, and it also provided some plot twists that kept me on my toes. Where I felt it faltered was in the resolution of the story; which seemed to get wrapped up in what seemed like 15-20 pages or so. The denouement was even less palatable, with a fell of "and 20 years later...."

***SPOILER ALERT: The pivotal role that the pirate
Oct 27, 2015 Michela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"As pessoas se apegam a suas crenças como se pudessem ser salvas por elas, no entanto, além de todos os ensinamentos, há um lugar de verdade em que é tudo um só."
Oct 28, 2015 Jeraviz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Después de la nefasta segunda parte. Hearn remonta un poco el vuelo en esta entrega. Los personajes ya están donde quería la autora y ya puede llevar a cabo los acontecimientos que llevamos tanto tiempo sabiendo gracias a la Profecía, que se nos recuerda cada 2 páginas.
Pues eso, ocurren y sabemos que van a ocurrir de antemano. El único interés es descubrir cómo. Y el cómo es entretenido, tiene alguna escena bastante visual e impactante...pero nada del otro mundo. Los malos son muy malos, los bue
Aug 02, 2014 Jodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a trilogy that has been sat on my shelves for years. I read Across the Nightingale Floor when I was a teenager, I can’t remember when I read it first but I then bought the sequel Grass For His Pillow straight after and I never finished it. Then, much much later, I found the third and final book in a charity shop and bought Brilliance of the Moon. Again I tried to reread the series but never finished. I made it my mission this year to do it. I was not putting it off again. So I decided to ...more
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Notice: I have made a review for every book of this series and they need to be read in order since they are supposed to feel like an on-going impression. So if you read the second without reading the first will feel rather off.

I am mostly focusing on the style of storytelling and a lot less on if it reads well or something sophisticated like that. For the same reason I tend to have lots of SPOILERS which means that if you read this text you will know THE OVERALL PLOT and how much I DIDN’T like
Michael Schmid
Feb 05, 2013 Michael Schmid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der letzte Teil der einstigen Trilogie verspricht genau das, was ich mir erhofft und was ich auch erwartet habe. Alles, was im 2. Band aufgebaut wurde, wird nun ausgearbeitet, verarbeitet und zu einem Abschluss gebracht und ich kann nur sagen, das Ende passt perfekt und ist richtig stimmig und hat mich berührt.

Was ich an dieser Reihe so liebe ist vor allem Lian Hearns Schreibstil, der mich immer wieder an eine Japanerin erinnert. Natürlich trägt dies auch ihre Welt bei, die sich stark an das Jap
Sep 06, 2015 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great series about ancient Japan with its samurais and their conduct codes, ninja-like fighters, Christians' persecutions; it has political scheming, interesting turnabouts, intriguing liaisons between characters, sword fights, love, treachery, friendship.
The characters are well-developed, complex, with inner turmoil and weaknesses.
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 01, 2013 Nathan Burgoine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Listening to this trilogy has been like immersing myself in a wonderfully developed myth of old Japan. It's fantastic, and if you've never listened to 'Across the Nightingale Floor,' then that is where you need to start.

In the third volume, things are perched on the precipice. Can Takeo take his destiny into his own hands, and use war to bring peace to the lands? Will Kaede, who has become so much more than a helpless young woman, finally take control and escape the paper and silk prison she has
Jan 25, 2013 Debbi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the "Tales of the Otori" but not really the end of the story so maybe they'll be another... I enjoyed reading these. They take place in a medieval Japan. A boy, Takeo, is rescued by Lord Otori who will become his adopted father. The story centers around Takeo, the love of his life, Kaede, the Tribe, and the feudal wars of the time.

There is a prequel to these called, "Heaven's Net is Wide". I'm starting it now but I wish I would have read it first.
Miglė Keliotytė
This one was way better than Grass for His Pillow , but still, I found the ending of it a little bit rushed. But fans of the previous parts of the series shoud definitely read it.
Martha Sockel
After finishing the second in this great series, I had to find out about when the next would be due... but I have to say that this book was truly worth waiting for and gave all I wanted as a great fan and a reader of the book.

The third in the Tales of The Otori series starts off with Takeo endearing to have his land returned to him, as he was the legal heir to the Otori clan, and being adopted by the well known Lord Shigeru. With his Wife, Lady Shirakawa Kaede by his side, and many loyal men tha
Belle (Corazón de Papel)
Recomiendo esta saga en un 100%!! Sus libros son Fantasticos!! No me arrepiento para nada de haber comenzado esta relectura *-*
Potete trovare la recensione anche sul mio blog:

Come sempre, la traduzione italiana è riuscita a uccidere il titolo dell'opera, sebbene le differenze che intercorressero riguardo i titoli precedenti fossero abissali. Infatti, qui ci si sbaglia di poco: "Brillance of the Moon" è infatti il titolo originale.
Parlando dell'opera in sé, mi ha lasciato quell'amaro in bocca che avevo cominciato a percepire durante la lettura del secondo romanzo, accrescendo alcu
Kathleen Dixon
I wasn't sure when I started reading this whether I really wanted to continue the series. I guess the second one didn't seize hold of me as much as the first, and so I wondered if this would be even 'lesser'. And for quite a while I was having my doubts met: it seemed like it was going to be all about war, an there were so many characters and I couldn't remember who they all were. But then something happened and I was pulled in.

This continues the saga of Takeo and Kaede and their challenges to t
Dec 16, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow, Hearn, has finished the trilogy part of this wonderful story without missing a beat or disappointing the reader. So many "trilogies" fall short in later books. This one maintains the highest quality all the way to the end. The poetic quality of the writing will satisfy the most discerning critic, and the story is top notch. This series is likely one of the most enjoyable I have found in recent years. The world is so well developed that it feels completely real. The plot ends in an impre ...more
Marsha Stokes
I just finished reading Brilliance of the Moon, by Lian Hearn. It is the third book in the Tales of the Otori series. I enjoyed this book more than the second book because the plot felt like it was really taking you to the conclusion of the story. The action and battles all lead up to the big battle at the end. When it was all over, I was really pleased and satisfied with the ending. I knew all the characters at this point, and it was easy to get absorbed in their life and want to see how things ...more
Aug 14, 2008 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lady Entropy
Jan 08, 2012 Lady Entropy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Brilliance of the Moon, por Lian Hearn é um livro que se passa num pseudo-japão, com ninjas à mistura, sobre um miúdo que nasce numa comunidade pseudo-cristã, e que é raptado por ninjas, treinado, e depois se torna num senhor da guerra.

Ou seja, cultura japonesa a rodos.

O que me deveria fazer AMAR estes livros, certo?

Infelizmente, errado.

Quando sairam originalmente, fiquei entusiasmadíssima, e fui comprar os dois primeiros a correr. Infelizmente, como é meu hábito, pus os livros para ler depois e
Jun 01, 2009 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Midway through this book I was cherishing every page, prepared to give it five stars. But then the female protagonist does something so incredibly stupid and out-of-character, it ruined the entire triology for me. This story is about two young people that are driven by passion, fate, and justice. They make some mistakes, but they have enough intelligence and luck to progress. The female character, in particular, is struggling in a male-dominated world to exert herself and is doing so brilliantly ...more
Fantasy Literature
With a complicated web of back-story set up and a return to familiar characters that we’ve seen develop, it goes without saying that Brilliance of the Moon should be the gripping climax of a trilogy that has thus far moved from strength to strength. The third and final instalment of the TALES OF THE OTORI series, the book has many loose ends to tie up, not to mention a certain prophecy that needs fulfilling. Across the Nightingale Floor and Grass for his Pillow were always going to prove tough a ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Geraud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le dernier tome de la trilogie m'a moins plu que les autres : Je trouve que son Héros est trop bon et vertueux et pleins de ressources, tout le monde l'adore sauf les méchants qui seront bien punis... hmm hmm !
ha et puis il y a la prophétie aussi, on en avait déjà entendu parler dans le deuxième tome mais là, c'est ce qui guide Takéo tout au long du récit. Je ne sais pas pour vous, mais moi les prophéties je commence à en avoir par dessus la tête. ça devient usant tous ces gens qui attendent l'é
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Atas nama..Kekuasaan..
Arai dan Takeo..kawan seperjuangan kala melawan klan Tohan..harus menjadi lawan yang saling berseteru..tujuannya; yaa apalagi kalau bukan kekuasaan..siapapun pemenangnya akan memiliki 3 wilayah kerajaan ini..


Balas dendam, perjodohan yang dilakukan demi mempererat persekutuan, dan pertempuran mewarnai kisah dalam seri ketiga ini...ada kisah cinta Takeo dan Keade yang lagi-lagi mendapatkan masalah karena Lord Fujiwara adalah salah satu penyebabnya..
Cristiana de Sousa
Dec 17, 2015 Cristiana de Sousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
O melhor dos três livros. Transformou-se num favorito da vida. Nunca pensei gostar tanto de mitologia japonesa. As personagens são do melhor que pode existir. Não tenho uma critica a apontar a esta serie.
Jan 05, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the Disney Prince Hopefuls challenge. Sora: Read a book set in Japan or with a Japanese hero, a hero who uses a unique weapon, or a character who is heroic and/or selfless. You may also read a book with a hero who helps others in some way.

This series is actually really, really good. I am typically biased against anything described as YA, because a lot of times it is just overly simplistic writing, but this series is an exception. It was a great final book for the trilogy, wr
Emily Richards
Mar 30, 2014 Emily Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the trilogy neatly completes the tales of the Otori, without too much predictability. It also has a comparatively satisfying ending to some Japanese stories where the couple might hold hands and jump off the edge into a waterfall to their deaths, finally entering the afterlife, where all pain ceases to exist. No, Brilliance of the Moon shakes up the world quite literally and leaves us in high spirits, allowing the futures of the characters to continue in our literary imaginatio ...more
Maia Moore
Jan 04, 2015 Maia Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted here.

If the first book was Takeo and Kaede being played by others, and the second was them making their own decisions, this book is all about the consequences of those actions.

Their biggest (and most rash) decision at the end of the last book was their marriage to each other, and we quickly see that the anger this has roused in their rivals will be one of the main conflicts of the book. Kaede's dealings with her neighbour, Lord Fujwara come around to bite her. He is the
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Lian Hearn's beloved Tales of the Otori series, set in an imagined feudal Japan, has sold more than four million copies worldwide and has been translated into nearly forty languages. It is comprised of five volumes: ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, BRILLIANCE OF THE MOON, THE HARSH CRY OF THE HERON and HEAVEN'S NET IS WIDE. The series was followed by two standalone novels, BLOSS ...more
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