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Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori #3)

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A beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to "Grass for His Pillow" and "Across the Nightingale Floor "delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth. Filled with adventure and surprising twists of plot and fortune, this third book in the Tales of the Otori series travels beyond ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Riverhead Books (first published 2003)
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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
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
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
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Michael Schmid
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
Lady Entropy

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
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
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
Nathan Burgoine
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
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..
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
Emily Richards
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
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.
I liked how the author alternated the narratives of Kaede and Takio. It was smoothly done. This book was a welcome addition to the series. There was a lot of action and the plot moved along at a good pace. The story continues to engross me.
Anderson Tiago
O Brilho da Lua, publicado pela editora WMF Martins Fontes, é o terceiro livro da Saga Otori e narra a história de Takeo e Kaede, dois jovens que sofrem nas mãos do destino desde o primeiro volume da série. Em um mundo fortemente influenciado pelo Japão feudal, com todos os seus costumes e tradições, os jovens estão no centro de uma disputa pelo poder e enfrentam tudo apenas para permanecerem juntos.

Ao final de A Relva Por Travesseiro, Otori Takeo e Shirakawa Kaede finalmente se reencontram e pa
Kaede, Takeo, and the Three Countries, round 3: the lovebirds have been successfully reunited and have even gone so far as to marry despite the advice from nearly every single person who knows them that this is kind of a stupid move, politically speaking, and will probably get them both slaughtered, and would it really hurt to try to arrange this diplomatically? (Apparently they both consider that it would be a tragedy to wait even long enough to try to talk Arai--their mutual overlord--into bei ...more
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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
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this review contains curcol

terlepas dari ketidakpuasan membaca buku pertama dan kedua karena susunan kalimat na yang ga mengalir, langsung melihat penerjemah buku ketiga yang telah berganti orang namun tetap terdapat kasus yang sama, maka diputuskan ripiu saat ini ga akan membahas bahasa dan teman-teman na lagi.

dari pria yang mengejar kekuasaan, dari wanita yang dituntut kelembutan, dari anak buah yang dituntut kesetian, dari rakyat yang diwajibkan membayar pajak (lho... yang terakhir ga ada sam
Adakah manusia seperti Shigeru saat ini. Lelaki perkasa sekaligus lembut dari klan otori, lelaki ksatria sekaligus petani dari keluarga kerajaan, santun sekaligus penuh strategi, kejam sekalian tabah, patuh namun tak bertuan, berapi-api tetapi penuh perhitungan. Dan, di ujung kematiannya, ia masih mendambakan kematian lain bagi sang penindas Iida.

Seperti ksatria lain yang hak-haknya terampas, maka tak ada keinginan yang lebih besar selain mengembalikan segala yang terampas. Adiknya mati dengan t
Jan 10, 2010 Teresa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Tales of the Otori, fantasy
I read the first Tales of the Otori about a year ago and I loved it for its originality and concept. Three books later, I have to admit that the initial spark I felt from Across the Nightingale Floor (book one) wasn't present when I read Brilliance of the Moon.

Maybe it was because Hearn's style was too simplistic for my liking. I felt that I wasn't being challenged enough like I was reading a children's book. The characters were unrelatable to a point that I got annoyed with Takeo and Kaede (th
Dave Johnson
more like a 4.5

it's hard to really give this series a definable rating, because there are many highs and lows throughout, but this book "ended" the trilogy very well. i say "ended" because there are still unanswered questions that spill over into another sequel that Hearn wrote. and a prequel. but overall, this book capped off the tale nicely. i almost gave this book a 5 because she had such a great ending that it really leaves you both satisfied and longing to read further. i had made up my min
This book concludes the Tales of the Otori trilogy, as originally planned by author Lian Hearn, although later she published a fourth "surprise" installment as well as a prequel to further flesh out the series. I can't comment on the bonus books, but the original trilogy is a short, poetic, and enjoyable read.

Like the other two books in the core series, "Brilliance of the Moon" centers around the lives and experiences of Takeo and Kaede, an unconventional man and woman in feudal Japan. Takeo is
Dec 17, 2013 Raiona rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Raiona by: My husband
I was even less satisfied with this book than I was with the other two in the series. I am upset with a lot of things, such as the resolution and the character "development," but what upset me the most was probably Kaede's treatment as a character. It was evident in the other books, but it really came to a head here.

Despite the previous two books alternating frequently between Kaede and Takeo, this one gives Kaede only two chapters. We don't get anything from her perspective until 150 pages in.
Melanie - iHeartFantasy
Jan 08, 2013 Melanie - iHeartFantasy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Japan and paranormal activities in a small amount
Just like the previous books in the Otori-trilogy, Brilliance of the Moon was good. Better than Grass for his pillow, but much worse than Across the nightingale floor which I loved.

I've always thought, from the beginning of the series, that it is A LOT of characters, and for every book the number of them increases. The names of the characters are beautiful but a lot like each other, which made me confused because I always mixed them up with each other.

Just like the other Otori-books, Brilliance
Sarah Gessel
Takeo has married Kaede and they seek to consolidate their power and win supporters to their cause. The tribe has issued a death sentence on Takeo but some members of the tribe want to ally themselves with him.

Arai, warlord is displeased with news of the Shirikawa Kaede and Otori Takeo alliance. What will he do to them for not asking for his blessing/support for their marriage.

Takeo angers some of the warrior class because he treats all men equally. The warrior class has long been the ruling cla
Dass etwas schwer ist, muß ein Grund mehr sein, es zu tun

Otori Takeo hat sich festgelegt - gegen alle Zwänge einer rigiden Kastengesellschaft heiratet er heimlich seine Liebe Shirakawa Kaede, trifft sich mit den Ausgestoßenen seines alten Glaubens, und muss dabei auch noch den geheimnisvollen Ninja-Verein im Auge behalten, die ihn für seine Flucht aus ihren Reihen noch mehr hassen als zuvor. 5 Kämpfe gilt es zu bestehen, bevor er sein Schicksal erfüllen kann...

Lian Hearn ergreift mich genauso,
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