Brilliance of the Moon
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 final volume travels beyond the Three Countries, to the outsid
Mostly Kaede, I think. She and all women have it the hardest in these books.
But that's kinda the point. Feudal Shogunate-ish as this is, with a sprinkling of fantasy clan magic makes it feel more like ninja action than anything else. But unlike Naruto, this doesn't have that many happy moments to balance out the dark and s ...more
This third installment picks up right after Takeo's and Kaede's wedding. The Otori uncles are sending threats and it's clear that to have any position amongst the warring clans, indeed any chance to stay alive, Takeo and Kaede must first gain men and power themselves so after defeating the Otori army, they travel to Kaede's domain to reclaim it (after the death of Lady Maruyama, some men took over despite the law being different in that region).
Meanwhile, Takeo is still hunted by the Tribe as we ...more
The characters are well-developed, complex, with inner turmoil and weaknesses.
“You should never despise people because they haven’t had your opportunities.”
***SPOILER ALERT: The pivotal role that the pirate ...more
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 ...more
If 'Tales of the Otori' is a compelling epic story, it's also (first and foremost) a poignant love story. The 3 books are well written; the description of the feudal Japanese society, its rules and organization are clear and impressive;... and the love story is intoxicating. The result is a gripping page turner.
If the status of women is deeply frustrating and hurts, if the ghastly cruelty that characterized social relations is terrifying and repulsive, the purity of the main ...more
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.
Still, it is very easy to read and ...more
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 ...more
I had thought that this was a 3 part series, though I now realise its actually 5 - with a prequel and final book from the point of view of Takeo's son. So in a way, it is a trilogy of Takeo Otori's story.
I don't think I will be picking up the other two books unless I am looking ...more
This continues the saga of Takeo and Kaede and their challenges to t ...more
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 ...more