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Heaven's Net is Wide by Lian Hearn
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Oct 12, 2011

it was amazing

Heaven's Net is Wide is a MOST welcome expansion upon the character and story of Shigeru, into whose character we merely glimpsed in the first for books of the Tales of the Otori.

This prequel definitely showcases Hearn's ability to write convincing and entrancing characters and stories. HNiW made me feel for the characters so acutely it translated into real physical anguish. I knew, from reading the other four Tales of the Otori books, what would ultimately occur, and in Heaven's Net is Wide, I could see the characters make the decisions that would put them on the path to that end, and it nearly killed me. I actually found myself yelling at the book a couple times, as ridiculous as that sounds.

In all, a very well executed return to the beginning of the events in the Tales of the Otori series. Most definitely recommended.

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