Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last tale that both closes the circle and introduces readers to the strange and beautiful world of the Otori. It is an epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honour and loyalty, beauty and passion and the overwhelming power of love, set in a mystical, medieval Japan, which will enthral readers the world over.
©2007 Lian Hearn; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
'Heaven's Net is Wide' is the prequel to a Trilogy spanning the 'Tales of the Otori'. I would not have picked this story myself but several friends recommended it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It didn't reach 5stars for me, since the pace dragged in a couple of places. I was also kept on my toes, placing all of the non-central characters, and had to rewind some passages. BUT I will certainly seek out the trilogy of the Otori and look forward to listening to them all them all.
Lian Hearn writes beautifully, and the language is descriptive without being flowery. A pleasure
Took a while to get a handle on the Japanese names but once that had happened the story was great . . .the ending was such that I truly hope that there will be a sequel
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