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Grass for His Pillow by Gillian Rubinstein

Grass for His Pillow (2003)

by Gillian Rubinstein

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Second book in the Otori series (third including Prequel) tells of Takeo and Kaede after the death of Shigeru and the death of Iida. The tale is intriguing and well written so the reader is constantly wanting to continue and learn more. ( )
  ZachMontana | Nov 24, 2018 |
Book Two of Tales of the Otori. Takeo and Kaede, their friends and allies, and their more interesting and important enemies and rivals have lots more trouble and suffer through far more interesting times than they can feel that they deserve. Told in alternating sections from Takeo's viewpoint and from Kaede's, they are seemingly irrevocably separated from each other. Kaede returns home to her father's house, to find that her mother is dead and her father has been a terrible manager and that she must wrest the management of the estate from him or she and her younger sisters will starve. Takeo is snatched away from the uncle he has come to love and respect, carried off by the Tribe which he has come to regard as being as morally reprehensible as his father ever did. Survival is a serious challenge for each of them; being reunited is barely even a hope.

Still very good; I'm waiting for the third volume.
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  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
After an unconscionable delay of more than a year, I’ve finally got round to reading the second book in this appealing Japanese historical fantasy series. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first one, this was due to the typical problems facing the middle book of a trilogy. The characters have been separated: the grand opening salvo has already been made; and I presume that Hearn has saved all the set-piece battles for the final novel. Instead, we follow the young lovers Takeo and Kaede on their diverging paths, as Kaede learns to make her way in a male-dominated world, and Takeo seeks to hone his supernatural powers under the guidance of the Tribe...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/07/23/grass-for-his-pillow-lian-hearn/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Oct 3, 2017 |
This was like a semicolon between 2 sentances, and I have yet to read the second sentence[ie, the 3rd book]. It focused on the staying alive of Takeo and Kaede. Not nearly as engaging as the first book. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I am usually reluctant to read the second book in a series because it often doesn't read as well as the first. Thankfully, this is not the case with this series of books. "Grass for his pillow" is just as beautifully written as "Across the nightingale floor" as it continues to follow the lives of Takeo and his beloved Kaede. Can't wait to see how it's all going to end, I am expecting a stunning finish so I hope I'm not disappointed. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jul 3, 2016 |
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Lian Hearn's second novel in the Tales of the Otori, Grass For His Pillow continues to enrich and expand his mystical imaginings of feudal Japan. Picking up where Across the Nightingale Floor left off, Takeo fulfills his debt of honor and accepts his heritage as a member of the superhuman cabal of assassins known as "The Tribe," and is thus ingested into their plots. But his heart yearns for Kaede, his one true love, and secretly wishes to fulfill the final wishes of his adopted father, Otori Shigaru. Meanwhile, Kaede returns to her homeland to find her father's estate in ruin and her inheritance in jeopardy. The two each encounter vast political machinations and deadly consequences as they unconsciously move toward their overwhelming urges to reunite and defy (or perhaps embrace) fate.

Hearn's second book into the Tales of the Otori series is a more poignant tale than the first, painfully examining the lines between honor, duty, and love. With its calming and satisfying conclusion, the landscape of Hearn's mythical vision of Japan braces for a dazzling storm in the book to come. --Jeremy Pugh

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The spellbinding second installment of the internationally bestselling Tales of the Otori trilogy transports readers back to a mythical, medieval Japan in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love.

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