Jennifer's Reviews > Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori Book Three

Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn
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Nov 19, 07

bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, japanese, own
Read in October, 2003

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 the fact it remains a good and delicious adventure of a read.

The story ends up being not as predictable as it seems on the surface. Just when you think you know what's about to happen, things will pop up to throw you for a loop and keep the books in your hands. Be warned, these are impossible books to put down. The prose is light and breezy, but the story is heavy. There are things that happen in these books that will rattle around in your head for days.

I only had a few complaints about the books. Many times the symbolism was extremely easy to pick up on. I also found several of the passages, mostly dealing with the sexual encounters of the characters to be unnecessary or just painful to read. Then again, I've rarely found a prose description of sex to be anything other than forced and awkward sounding. This book, unfortunately, was no exception.

But barring those minor complaints, these books were *good* Go out and read them.
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