The Harsh Cry Of The Heron
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The Harsh Cry Of The Heron (Tales of the Otori #4)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  6,459 ratings  ·  269 reviews
Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the tumultuous events laid out in the epic "Tales of the Otori." The land and people are peaceable and calm, the world is balanced and Heaven seems to shine upon them. They have three daughters. Shigeko, 15 years old and heir to the vast territory, is developing into a bold warrior with...more
Published by Picador USA (first published 2006)
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Trying to keep an excellent series going beyond the natural end is always complicated. I was optimistic for this one, however, because Lian Hearn has quite a talent for epic storytelling, and the first three Otori books gripped me from about paragraph 2. In this 4th book Hearn brings some of the more historical threads served as a backdrop to the earlier books to the fore in a story that by its own logic really can't end the way the previous did. The era of feudal kingdoms is over. It is an inte...more
Jun 09, 2011 Reina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: peeps interested in Japan, or traditional cultural myths of Japan, fuedal Japan
What a way to finish the tale of the Otori, 16 years after the 'happy ever after', Lian Hearn truly did capture the essence of Japanese tales in all it's tragic beauty coupled with the usual innter turmoils of emotions in relation to their roles and duties in their daily lives.
To be honest, the ending left me curious to see 'what happened next', thus I have some affinity to the characters throughout the tales.

Best of all, I suppose, the author protrayed the beauty and tragedy that is human...more
This is what I was afraid of. I loved and was extremely satisfied with the trilogy, particularly its bitter-sweet ending. It just felt right. I should have stopped there. Then there was this book, which was much more bitter than sweet in so many ways. Yet with all the bitterness in this book, it was incredibly well done and I don't regret reading it.

Sixteen years has come and gone since the end of the last book. All the characters I came to know in the trilogy are old, still viable in a lot of w...more
So disappointing! I tore into this book after devouring the original trilogy, but finished the story feeling that my enjoyment of these characters was now compromised. While the story was compelling, I felt the behavior and decisions of some of the main characters were inconsistent with their personas in the first books, thus creating pivotal scenarios that left me questioning the strength of their personas so beautifully developed in the previous books.

As much as I wanted to know the conclusio...more
I might have given this volume a five star rating for the second half of the story. I thought of all the books, including Book 5, this was the slowest to get going. Actually, it was almost uninteresting enough to stop reading and it was only the desire to complete the cycle that I persevered.

As the story unfolded and the intrigue began to take shape I think Lian Hearn started firing on all cylinders. I absolutely loved the development of Takeo and Kaede's daughter, Shigeko, and the role she cam...more
Ndahdien Ramadhan
Fuihh.....makin seru aja nih cerita Lord Otori Takeo dan keluarganya. Setelah lumayan jelek di Klan Otori II dan meningkat lagi di Klan Otori III tapi dengan ending yang kurang memuaskan, akhirnya di seri IV ini semuanya terbayar. (yah walopun cape' mata n cape' tangan coz bukunya tuebell). Dibuku ke-IV ini bercerita tentang pengkhianatan, kepercayaan, perkembangan anak-anak takeo, kisah cinta shigeko (cinta yg tidak bisa terucapkan) yang sangat menyentuh dan kematian-kematian yang tragis.

Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Apa jadinya kalau kisah Cinderella berlanjut (diakhir kisah Cinderella, akhirnya ia menikah dengan Pangeran pujaan hatinya kan) ??
Kalau misalnya kisah Cinderella berlanjut, aku kira..baru mengira... akhir kisahnya bukan lagi (mungkin).. and they lived happily ever after.. sama seperti kisah yang terjadi antara Takeo dan Kaede..

Mereka memang akhirnya bisa bersama, mereka menikah, menjadi penguasa, punya anak..tapi.. :”( ada kecemburuan, ada intrik politik yang semuanya bermuara pada langgengny...more
Fiona Van
This is the fourth of a quartet of novels. It was designed originally as a trilogy - Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for his Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon, all of which I read some years ago. The final story takes us to the death of the two main characters and the continuance of the Otori Clan, under the leadership of Takeo’s daughter Shigeko. The stories are part myth and mysticism and part ancient Japanese history. The hero Takeo is the illegitimate son of a warlord, brought up by his...more
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Setelah perjuangan berat yang dilalui oleh Takeo dan Kaedee, mereka akhirnya menjadi sebuah keluarga yang bahagia selam 16 tahun, hidup dalam kedamaian dan rakyat yang makmur.

Memiliki seorang putri yang mewarisi kecantikan Kaedee dan juga 2 putri kembar yang sangat berpengaruh dalam buku kali ini.

Arai Zenko yang mejadi suami Hana (adik Kaedee), anak dari Sizuka, kakak Taku, akhirnya menghianti Takeo ketika dia sedang pergi menghadap kaisar penguasa 8 pulau. Penghiatannya ditandai dengan pembunu...more
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I have loved the rest of this series, but because of the repeated prophecy of the death of the protagonist, I have dreaded the end of this book, and completely put it down for about ten days, in the middle. Lord Otori Takeo is a likeable character, with serious flaws more than compensated by his strength of character: he has a strong sense of justice and has established the rule of law, a vision of peace which he has accomplished and maintained for fifteen years, and cares about the fate of all...more
I always find it incredibly hard to review, or even rate, a book I read as a child, because, first, how much of said book do I really remember? But most importantly, how much of what I remember feeling about this book is actually the book's doing, and how much is just nostalgia?

I read The Harsh Cry of the Heron when I was in high school. It certainly wasn't my favourite book, and it wasn't the first one I read that made me cry. But it's the book that introduced me to bitter endings.

My uncle had...more
pertama kali baca, pasti langsung tahu siapa yang akan mati dalam buku ini. Sejujurnya, saya lebih suka kisah si kembar Maya dan Miki, juga Shigeko. Buku keempat ini, kalau saya lihat, seakan buku Breaking Dawn dari Stephanie Meyer. Cerita yang sudah tamat di buku ketiga malah dilanjutkan lagi. Apalagi buku terakhir dari kisah Klan Otori ini merupakan yang paling tebal. Cukup lama saya membacanya, tidak seperti biasa. Seakan kisah ini kehilangan gaya magnetisme-nya.

Harus diakui sebenarnya saya t...more
I loved the first three books of the Tales of the Otori series, but I don't think I can ever reread this one. It wasn't that it was poorly written, because it still maintained the lovely style of prose that the other three had. But, because of the 'prophecy' that was given at the start of the series, Hearn was forced to break the characters out of their predefined personalities. To have the prophecy come true, certain characters had to act out of character. When they've been defined in a certain...more
I will make an exception and leave this unfinished one (I had reached page 63) unrated. I have not been displeased with its entertainment value at all when I was reading its first chapters, but whenever I had a chance to pick it up and continue I decided to read something else each time. The hauntingly beautiful eyes on the cover have started to look at me with reproach and the battered second hand volume seems to pop up unexpectedly all over the place to remind me of my lack of discipline and s...more
Blake Charlton
slow at first and difficult for me to get into after having read (and loved) the first three books years and years ago. most everything that happened alluded back to an event in the previous work, which at times helped jog my memory, at times made the work feel derivative. but the ending was powerful and touching, reaffirming my belief that Lian Hearn (aka Gillian Rubinstein) is a master of her craft!
Randall Decker
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WHY DID EVERYONE HAVE TO DIE?! TURN THE PAGE AND BANG EVERYONE'S DEAD!! Loved it, couldn't turn the pages faster! (:
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As the last book in the Tales of the Otori, it made for an interesting read. If there was one thing that stood out in all these books was the vivid description of seasons in Japan throughout the book - all of them in fact. Everything revolves around the seasons. The elements are used to predict circumstances and events in the book -as was the case with my culture back then. However, there had been such drama and fast paced action in the previous books that lacked in this one till...more
I knew that this book would break my heart. The more I read, the more I could foresee the destruction of everything dear to me at the end of the book. In a way, the story of this last instalment is an exploration of death, disappointment, tragedy, and suffering like the one we've seen with lord Shigeru and lady Maruyama of the first book. It was such a sharp flash-back to that time I knew the bright future at the start would unravel with the tragic intensity of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean dram...more
As I picked up this book to read, I was certain that I had not only read but enjoyed an earlier book in this series. Now having read it, I'm not so certain.[return][return]Based in a fictionalised far east - either Japan or China - this tells of Takeo and his attempt to keep control of his domain. Any supernatural undercurrent, which I vaguely remember being much more in the forefront in any previous book - is underplayed to virtual non-existence. For a book of over 600 pages, not a lot actually...more
Cuando una historia se basa en una profecía es difícil sorprenderse del final.. sin embargo este libro me dejó un sabor "raro" de boca.. fue un final triste como solo las buenas leyendas lo pueden tener..

Una historia de amor legendaria, con subidas y bajadas y solo la pérdida de la confianza lo puede destruir.. Mi personaje favorito: Shizuka, no importa que pasaba ella supo mantener su sonrisa hasta que el dolor la destruyó y aún así logro convertirse en parte de los personajes legendarios..

El q...more
Veronica Widya
Buku ini adalah cerita terakhir dari klan Otori, tentang berakhirnya hidup takeo juga.
Well,, buku ini bisa gw bilang baguss banged!! tapi gw ga kasih bintang 5, karna ini ga happy ending. sedih banged deh. Seddih banged prasan gw setelah baca buku ini. sangat hasrat dengan perasaan yang kuat di dalamnya.Gila , ceritanya sih tragisss bangedd... >.<
Yuki paling kasihan, mencintai Takeo tapi ga bisa memiliki, dan terus dipaksa bunuh diri. Dia sih baikk, tapi dia dendam sama Kaede, walo sebener...more
Rianna Robertson
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Walter Underwood
I'll try do do this without spoilers, though the major flaws in this book are storytelling and plot.

There were ominous overtones early on, so I decided I was OK if everything just fell apart, after all, that is how the Heiki Monogatari ends. I'm not saying it ends that way, but I was prepared.

I was not prepared for it to be boring and confusing. People head out to various places for various reasons and if you don't already know where Hagi and Hofu are in relation to each other, too bad, because...more
This is the last volume in the epic tale of the Otori clan. I've enjoyed the Otori novels but the pacing of this one seemed off. This had a really slow start and the ending seemed rushed. It appeared as if the author realized the book was running long and, since this is the conclusion, needed to quickly tie up a bunch of lose threads.

One of the most disconcerting qualities was the sudden and dramatic personality shifts that occur across many of the characters in the last few chapters. Those that...more
I fell in love with the world of Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori in the first few chapters of the prequel Heaven’s Net Is Wide. The blending of historical feudal Japan with the magical was so evocative it captured my heart. A world where samurai existed and the magical powers of the ninja too existed in the families of a few. A world where so many were persecuted for so little. Harsh Cry of the Heron takes place many years after the events of the main trilogy. Takeo and Kaede’s reign has seen pe...more
Colleen Stone
This book is both brilliantly written and immensely frustrating. This is one of those books, especially if you have read the preceding trilogy, that will grip you like all properly crafted books will. The book draws you back into the feudal Japan inspired world of the Otori and crafts a thrilling tragedy. Minor spoilers below.

While I personally find tragedies born from miscommunication trying (the desire to smack some of the characters with a rolled up newspaper for being thick was overwhelming)...more
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