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Across the Nightingale Floor

by Gillian Rubinstein

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Series: Tales of the Otori (1)

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based loosely on feudal Japan. A village boy watches his village be destroyed, is rescued by a Lord[of the Otori Clan] and finds out he is one of Tribe[ninja like people with special abilities]. Treachery, love, backstabbing, duty, resolve, all were here. This was a great story. I look forward to the next 2. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
  TheIdleWoman | Jun 9, 2016 |
Awesome ... need to reread soon! ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
כרגע אצל גרא שנהנה מאוד מהספר ( )
  malkas | Jun 2, 2016 |
Across The Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearn
4 stars

A quick read, this coming of age story crosses many genres. It is set in a fantasy of feudal Japan and begins with a brutal tragedy. The young hero, Takeo, begins a new life that changes everything he previously believed about himself. Takeo was raised among The Hidden, a persecuted religious group resembling Christians, but through his father he is a member of The Tribe, a Ninja-like assassin group who possess magical powers. A love story develops between Takeo and a young woman of aristocratic birth. This is the first book of a series and the author does a great job of setting up a complex back story with engaging characters.


This book is intended for a young adult audience. Parents should be warned of its violent and sexual content. I would be completely comfortable giving it to an older teen but would have some reservations about children under 16. I was put off when the young lovers have their first sexual encounter immediately after a murder and in the presence of a headless victim.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Gillian Rubinsteinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gray, KevinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonassen, Fartein DøvleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nakasone, AikoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A prophecy governs their fate. Blood, honour and love rule their harts.
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
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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.
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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

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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.

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