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Heaven's Net is Wide

(Tales of the Otori 0)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,606 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
The new beginning-and the grand finale-to the beloved Tales of the Otori series.
Heaven's Net Is Wide is the new first volume of the now complete Tales of the Otori- prequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, the book that first introduced Hearn's mythical, medieval Japanese world. This is the story of Lord Otori Shigeru-who has presided over the entire series as a sort of sp
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Samantha Pennington I read all four other books first and this one last and I’d recommend reading it in that order. I really enjoyed learning more about Shigeru after…moreI read all four other books first and this one last and I’d recommend reading it in that order. I really enjoyed learning more about Shigeru after reading the other books. Shigeru has such a strong legacy and becomes a legend throughout the first four books. Learning about his backstory and how he came to be the person so revered by so many after seeing what came from his influence somehow was more special.(less)

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First book I've read by Lian Hearn, and it was a long one. I am not familiar with Japanese history, so I came to this only knowing that the author had done a lot of research for the period in which her story occurs: a period with a stratified society of warriors, farmers, merchants, and others. The warriors are held above all others in this society, and have a variety of codes they live by.

This is a prequel for Hearn's "Tales of the Otori" series, with the main character being Shigeru. We follo
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this to be the first book read in the series (it is written last, but as a prequel to the other four).
The story is beautiful, describing ancient Japan with its beautiful houses and gardens, samurais and their conduct codes, ninjas, Christians' persecutions; it has sword fights, love, treachery, friendship and very well developed characters, that you'll grow to like and take interest in their fate.
“The best way is to be strong enough to make your enemy think twice about attacking yo
Toby Anderson
Absolutely awesome start/end of the best series of books i've ever read. there is no higher praise. Feudal japanese set tales of samurai, geisha, swords, blood, treachery, intrigue, and love. The complex, entertaining and beautiful history of the otori is finally finished with Heaven's Net is Wide - the last in the series and a prequel to the other books. This book is in third person like the recent and equally awesome Harsh Cry of the Heron, and unlike the original trilogy told from Otori Takeo ...more
Xander Jeanneret
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I don't often do reviews of the books I read, but this is going to be an exception. This is the prequel of the series "The Tales of the Otori", and being a Japanophile I absolutely fell in love with this book. I anxiously await reading the rest of the series, but they are surprisingly hard to find (not at the local bookstores or in the Barnes & Noble at the Grove).

The detail to which the author immerses you into the Japanese culture is astounding, and it wove in just enough fantasy
Liz Hopps (Elizabetha)
Escrito para la reseña de mi blog El Mundo según Elizabetha con el mismo nombre AQUI :)

Esta es la historia de Otori Shigeru. La historia de su ascenso y caída como jefe de su Clan, el más poderoso del País Medio.La Historia de de su rivalidad con Iida Sadamu,el poderoso y cruel Señor de la Guerra y de sus relaciones con la enigmática Tribu, una organización compuesta por hombre con poderes casi sobrenaturales. Esta es la historia de su determinación por no dejarse arrastrar por el amor, aun cuan
Alexa Ayana
Sosok Lord Otori Shigeru sangat berperan dalam kehidupan Takeo, hero utama seri ini. Tak di sangka setelah jeda bertahun-tahun lamanya si penulis akhirnya menuliskan kisah hidup Lord yang sangat kharismatik ini.

Kesan pertama dari novel ini adalah tebalnya yang mengintimidasi, 789 halaman. Sayangnya buku setebal ini seharusnya bisa di ringkas menjadi lebih tipis. Perjalanan hidup Shigeru menarik dari awal sampai pertengahan buku. Tapi lewat dari itu semua bab-bab penuh ke
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kesetiaan untuk Sang Bangau

Judul : Heaven’s Net Is Wide
Penulis : Lian Hearn
Penerjemah : Meithya Rose Prasetya
Penyunting : Lulu Fitri Rahman
Tata Letak : MAB
Penerbit : PT Matahati
Tebal : 786 halaman
Cetakan : November 2009
Kategori : Novel terjemahan/historical Epic

Berseting masa feodal Jepang, tentang keluarga ksatria seperti : Klan Otori (Negeri Tengah ; kota kastil : Hagi), Klan Seishuu (Persekutuan dari beberapa keluarga tua di Negeri Barat; kota kastil utama : Kumamoto dan Maruyama), Klan Tohan
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: never_finished
This is so sad, and very disapointing.
I have loved this entire series, even more by the fact that I feel like I happened upon it myself years ago and how it seems to have a small audience. You know how it is when you have a favorite book or movie thatyou don't think anyone else knows about about but you, and that it seems made for you? That was how it was for me and the Tales of the Otori series.
This book, technically the fifth in the series but written as the "first", is presumably the last bo
Matt Barker
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Publisher's Summary

As Tolkien's The Silmarillion is to The Lord of the Rings, Liam Hearn's Heaven's Net Is Wide is to Tales of the Otori. This is the back story fans have been yearning for.

Set before the Tales begin, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins
Durand D'souza
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It had been a long time since I had read Harsh Cry of the Heron and I couldn't really remember the characters or the plot very well, however as this was a prequel, I really had no excuses to not read it. Lian Hearn did a brilliant job with this book and it is definitely my favourite Tales of the Otori book, even though it is not part of the original series. I would absolutely love it if there was a sequel to this from the perspective of Shigeru but that is clearly not possible. After reading thi ...more
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya suka kisah2 Jepang masa lalu.
Saya suka Kisah Klan Otori.
Saya suka Otori Shigeru sejak saya membaca Across the Nightingale Floor. Titik.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The culture of feudal Japan has a certain harsh attractiveness, and one of the things this author does well is display both the harshness, and the beauty. Would I want to have lived in that period, particularly as a woman? Certainly not. But it's a good place to visit, at least in the imagination.

Probably I should have reread the original Otori series before circling back around to this prequel novel; I got confused about who people were, at least at first, and I'm sure some moments that were su
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i can't decide if it would be better to read this as the first book in the series or the last cos i want to read Across the Nightingale Floor all over again! I'm officially putting this series on my list of favorites 😍😍😍
Indri Juwono
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Indri by: lulu fitri rahman
#2010-6# hadiah dari lulu

Kembali ke titik awal.
Kembali ke awal pertempuran.
Kisah Klan Otori jilid 0.

Ketika saga ini akan dibuat prequelnya, aku sempat berpikir. Bagaimana kita bisa menikmati cerita, padahal kita sudah tahu akhirnya. Mungkin jadinya akan seperti baca buku sejarah? Tapi ini kan novel seri..

Buku ini jadi awalan, dan menjawab banyak pertanyaan yang mungkin timbul dari buku 1-4. Kalau di serial Harry Potter ada orangtua atau Pensieve yang bisa menjelaskan masa lalu dan sebab keja
Robin Bourgeous
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved all of the books in The Tale of the Otori. I read Across the Nightingale Floor first by accident. At least I didn't know it was part of a series and was fascinated with the story. Got the downloads from Audible for the entire series and was immersed in the Tale for days. They brought to life the beauty, subtlety, intrigue and brutality of Japanese culture in that era. It's something that needs to be given full reign over the imagination to appreciate and get a glimmer of understanding of ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is a feeling that comes when one finds a new book by a favorite author that is indescribable. When I saw that there was a prequel to the Tales of the Otori, I simply felt truly joyous. There has never been a tremendous amount of writing about the "Far East" -- but Hearn's tales of the Otori are in a class by themselves.

Lian Hearn writes of what is basically a fantastic version of an unspecified period of time in Japanese history that, honestly, not a lot of people are familiar with, other
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: peeps interested in Japan, or traditional cultural myths of Japan, fuedal Japan
Took me almost 6 weeks to finish this.
Once you've read a trilogy and its final part in the 4th book, it's very hard, at least for me to have to read the 5th book as the 'prequel'.
Seeing as I already knew how it's going to play out, the motivation wasn't really there to dip into this story as often as i have done with the previous four books.

It was a lovely insight into Shigeru's upbringing and past, which led him to begin his quest in 'Across the Nightingale Floor' (Book 1)
However if I had a cho
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I bought this in London for Alex to read (teen literature section)- and ended up reading it myself.

The author is a British author who developed a facination with early Japan. Hers is a fictional world of 3 Japanese warrior clans a tribe with valueable skills (hired as spies and assasins) and a hidden group with alternative religious views.

I like the story and the writing. At times it seemed a bit slow, but the characters are strong and well developed with beliefs and actions that tie them clos
This book is a redemption in my eyes. It is the prequel but it was written after The Harsh Cry of the Heron which disturbed me. It's been a while since I read the last book in this series, but I distinctly remember thinking this is over the top. I don't care about Takeru's daughters.... I should probably give it another read, but I'm here to say that whatever the reason for the bad taste left in my mouth after Harsh Cry, all is as it should be now. I'm going to pretend that last book didn't happ ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
This might be the worst book I have ever read...and that is really saying something. If your going to write a book about ancient samurais, magical assassins, and kingdoms at war maybe just maybe make the climatic book altering battle scene longer than 1 page.

The rest of the time is spent reading robotic, sappy, and repetitive dialogue between characters you quickly lose track of since everyone acts exactly the same. And in the end its really a thinly disguised book about Christianity and how mu
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by a dear friend of mine. And I totally fell in love with it. I love that it spans a family dynasty and many years. the writing and description of Japan is breath taking. Makes you feel like you are there with the characters. Can't wait to read the next books in the series!
Jeff Yoak
This was just too hard to stay connected to the characters in audio, and I gave up. That was sad, because I really liked the voice used by the author in telling the story. It is unreasonable to hope that I'd get to this before all the other things that didn't work in audio, but that I suspect might be good, but it qualifies as a candidate for that.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
As other reviewers have mentionned, I'm really glad I read this after Harsh cry of the heron, which was a very disapointing conclusion to a fantastic series. Heaven's net is wide is the prequel to the series and I enjoyed very much. It is the perfect beginning/end for the wonderful Tales of the Otori.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-ghijk-may-june
The new beginning-and the grand finale-to the beloved Tales of the Otori series.
Very good. Set in Eastern feudal island resembling Japan, with brutal warlords, a little magic, romance and lost love. Beautiful and tragic.
Walter Proof
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
Dans la lignée des 4 précédents tomes, un "prequel" façon Star Wars : le dernier épisode est le premier !
Peut-être Lian Hearn a-t-elle un peu de mal à se renouveler, on retrouve les mêmes techniques scénaristiques, la même façon de raconter, mais après tout, si on aime ça, pourquoi pas !
May 14, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Japanese Epic Fiction Lovers
Shelves: pinjem-lah
Segera terbit di Indonesia!!! :D
Jan 01, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get into it :/
Indah Threez Lestari
1024 - 2014
Βασιλική Μπούζα
Αγαπητοί αναγνώστες θα ταξιδέψουμε με αρωγό την φαντασία στην Χώρα του Ανατέλλοντος Ηλίου, καθώς ένα μεσαιωνικό παραμύθι ξετυλίγεται με άριστη περιγραφική ικανότητα από την Βρετανό Αυστραλή πένα της συγγραφέως Λίαν Χέρν (Γκίλιαν Ρουμπιστάιν) .

Σε έναν μυθοπλαστικό κόσμο, αντίγραφο της της λαογραφικής παράδοσης της Ιαπωνίας, θα κρυφτούμε σε αιωνόβια δάση για να ανακαλύψουμε τα μυστικά της “Φυλής”, και από απόκρημνους γκρεμούς θα βουτήξουμε στα κρυστάλλινα νερά του νησιωτικού συμπλέγματος της. Στη
Otori Shigeru was my favorite character when I read Tales of the Otori, and so I was excited to read a book that focused on him. (As a side note, I feel like this must be read only after the 3 main books, seeing as it somehow spoils some things and others are only interesting or satisfying to read about because of what happens next.)
However, I did not much enjoy the first half of this book - probably because at this point Shigeru isn't yet the character I love but a boy who wants to have sex wit
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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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Tales of the Otori (5 books)
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“The best way is to be strong enough to make your enemy think twice about attacking you, yet not so aggressive that he feels threatened. Keep your sword sheathed as long as you can, but once it is unsheathed, use it without hesitation.” 12 likes
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