Tales of the Otori

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Across the Nightingale Floor Summary

An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn.

In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard.

The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills.

When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor - and to his own unimaginable destiny....

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  • Book 1

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 49

    An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Ruined by intrusive, loud music

    • By Georgia on 30-07-16

    Regular price: £17.49

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida's warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe - preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self - that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-11-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • Grass for His Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 22

    Grass for His Pillow is the second novel in Lian Hearn's astonishingly beautiful series inspired by feudal Japan, Tales of the Otori. In the ancient Oriental lands of the Otori, amidst a time of violent war, famine and treacherous alliances, the fate of the young lovers Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede hangs in the balance.... Takeo, heir to the great Otori clan, has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. His supernatural skills of virtual invisibility and acute hearing make him their most deadly assassin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • dope

    • By Jay on 19-12-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Grass for his Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international best seller and critical success. With Grass for His Pillow, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation - a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising!

    • By Ross H on 27-04-18

    Regular price: £17.49

  • Book 3

    • Brilliance of the Moon

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 3
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    The third title in the compelling Tales of the Otori - the story that began with Across the Nightingale Floor and Grass for his Pillow, Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn is an epic tale of love, power and destiny, set in a mythical world inspired by feudal Japan. Takeo and the exquisite Kaede, still only teenagers, are now married, but the implacable forces of destiny that rule their lives tear them apart.

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 4

    • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the dazzling continuation of the Tales of the Otori, an unforgettable epic with a vast emotional landscape, a classic work that crosses genres, genders and generations.‘Their realm is held in balance by their union ... Break that union and the Three Countries will fall apart.’Otori Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the events laid out in the epic Tales of the Otori.

    Regular price: £38.49

    • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Henri Lubatti, Julia Fletcher
    • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Otori Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the events laid out in the epic Tales of the Otori. They have three daughters: Shigeko, 15 years old and heir to the Otori, and Maya and Miki, 13-year-old twins who have inherited the supernatural skills of their father. Kaede knows nothing of the prophecy that Takeo will die at the hands of his son and longs to give him a male child. Nor does she know of the boy he fathered 16 years ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Voicing my opinion

    • By Michael on 25-09-17

    Regular price: £28.99

    • Heaven's Net Is Wide

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 15

    In a remote mountain village, a boy is born gifted with the supernatural skills of his father, once the deadliest assassin of the Tribe. Set in the years before the beginning of Across the Nightingale Floor, Heaven's Net Is Wide by Lian Hearn is the first and last tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new listeners to the fantastical, beautiful and thrilling world of the Otori. It is an epic story of betrayal, revenge, magic and love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a feast!

    • By jenny sanders on 27-07-18

    Regular price: £25.99