Check out the Pride Celebration Treasure Hunt!
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Across the Nightingale Floor by Gillian…

Across the Nightingale Floor

by Gillian Rubinstein

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Tales of the Otori (1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
4,0341131,863 (3.9)172
Recently added byimagists, U.S._Embassy_Vienna, CDSNeedham, PlumPets, rena75, private library, kavanleif
  1. 20
    Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka (AHS-Wolfy)
    AHS-Wolfy: Historical fiction set in Japan with a light touch of fantasy.
  2. 21
    Shogun by James Clavell (leahsimone)
  3. 10
    Bridge of Birds: A Novel of Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart (wordcauldron)
  4. 00
    Heart of the Ronin (the Ronin Trilogy: Volume One) by Travis Heermann (wordcauldron)
  5. 00
    The Initiate Brother by Sean Russell (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Another fantasy set in a feudal Asian society. Epic and satisfying -- be sure to read both The Initiate Brother and Gatherer of Clouds.
  6. 00
    Tiger by Jeff Stone (benfulton)
    benfulton: Tiger is aimed at younger readers, but the less fantastic story.
  7. 00
    Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (soffitta1)
    soffitta1: A coming of age story, a noble boy with an uncertain future.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 172 mentions

English (108)  French (3)  Swedish (1)  Danish (1)  All languages (113)
Showing 1-5 of 108 (next | show all)
My second time reading this book was equal to the 1st. After reading the prequel I wanted to read this 1st book of the series again 6 years after the first time. I look the intricate web of this feudal society and how the magic Tribe fits into and controls things. Well written to keep you constantly engaged and wanting more. Already starting on the 2nd book of the series. ( )
  ZachMontana | Nov 14, 2018 |
Not actually set in Japan, any more than most fantasy novels are set in England... ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
This is Book One of Tales of the Otori--the start of at least a trilogy. It's set in a fantasized mediaeval Japan, not overly constrained by anything like real history. Takeo is, through his mother and stepfather, a member of an outlawed religious sect called the Hidden, who strongly resemble a somewhat idealized early Christianity. Through his dead father, he's a member of the Tribe, a network of spies and assassins with supernatural gifts--the rarest and most prized of which Takeo has inherited. Takeo's father quit the Tribe and married Takeo's mother against the Tribe's orders. This is not permitted, any more than quitting the Mafia is permitted, but Takeo's father died without revealing the location of his wife and son. Also through his father, Takeo is heir to the Otori clan, which is somewhat wealthy and powerful, but used to be much more so, having lost a major power struggle around the time Takeo's father died.

Takeo's entire village of peaceful, harmless Hidden is massacred by one of the enemies Takeo had no idea he had, while Takeo is out wandering in the hills.

This seem like incredibly unpromising material. It seems even less promising when one learns that "Lian Hearn" is the pseudonym of a British-Australian children's author who has become infatuated with Japan. In fact, though, it's delightful. Takeo is a real kid, reacting normally to trauma, the repeated changes in his circumstances, and the discovery of his varied talents--including the temptation to use them unwisely, for an adolescent's idea of immediate personal advantage. Even his extremely complicated courtship of Kaede, a girl almost as improbably well-connected and unfairly disadvantaged as Takeo himself, works, and adds to the texture of the story rather than detracting. There are cartoon characters here, but they're peripheral ones, not the crucial ones, and this first third of the story is very good. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
After a day in the forest, Tomasu comes back to his village to find it burned and the inhabitants all (he presumes) murdered. He himself barely escapes the wicked Lord Iida and his soldiers, but is rescued by Lord Otori, begins a new life as Takeo and discovers that he is a member of The Tribe, a clan with amazing skills in misdirection and fighting. He struggles with his new identity, his loyalties to the man who saved him and his new-found 'family,' and his growing desire for revenge.
My description isn't doing this one justice - it's a great story with excellent characters. Definitely recommended. ( )
  electrascaife | Feb 14, 2018 |
I got this trilogy as audio books because I was going on a long road trip and wanted something to listen to. The two narrators really made the point of view changes easy to follow. After I listened to the books, I immediately went out and bought them so that I could read them and give them to friends to read.
  sochri | Nov 21, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 108 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (50 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gillian Rubinsteinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gray, KevinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonassen, Fartein DøvleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nakasone, AikoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
A prophecy governs their fate. Blood, honour and love rule their hearts.
que la cierva que se aparea en otoño
con el arbusto de lespedeza
engendra un único cervatillo.
Un muchacho solitario
emprende un largo viaje,
con la hierba de almohada.

Manyoshu, vol. IX
N° 1.790

Hiroaki Sato & Burton Watson
The country of the eight islands
for E
First words
My mother used to threaten to tear me into eight pieces if I knocked over the water bucket, or pretended not to hear her calling me to come home as the dusk thickened and the cicadas' shrilling increased.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0330493345, Paperback)

The debut novel of Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series, Across the Nightingale Floor, is set in a feudal Japan on the edge of the imagination. The tale begins with young Takeo, a member of a subversive and persecuted religious group, who returns home to find his village in flames. He is saved, not by coincidence, by the swords of Lord Otori Shigeru and thrust into a world of warlords, feuding clans, and political scheming. As Lord Otori's ward, he discovers he is a member by birth of the shadowy "Tribe," a mysterious group of assassins with supernatural abilities.

Hearn sets his tale in an imaginary realm that is and isn't feudal Japan. This device serves the author well as he is able to play with familiar archetypes--samurai, Shogun, and ninja--without falling prey to the pitfalls of history. The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel. Hearn unfolds the tale of Takeo and the conflicting forces around him in a deliberate manner that leads to a satisfying conclusion and sets the stage for the rest of the series. --Jeremy Pugh

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:19 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

In a novel set in a land much like feudal Japan, a young boy named Takeo becomes a pawn in the ceaseless battles between rival warlord clans in a culture ruled by codes of honor and formal rituals.

» see all 18 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.9)
0.5 3
1 11
1.5 4
2 48
2.5 21
3 223
3.5 79
4 469
4.5 56
5 299

HighBridge Audio

An edition of this book was published by HighBridge Audio.

» Publisher information page


An edition of this book was published by HighBridge.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,500,417 books! | Top bar: Always visible