Heaven's Net Is Wide (Tales of the Otori)

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9781594489532: Heaven's Net Is Wide (Tales of the Otori)

The new beginning-and the grand finale-to the beloved Tales of the Otori series.

Heaven's Net Is Wide is the new first volume of the now complete Tales of the Otori- prequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, the book that first introduced Hearn's mythical, medieval Japanese world. This is the story of Lord Otori Shigeru-who has presided over the entire series as a sort of spiritual warrior-godfather-the man who saved Takeo and raised him as his own and heir to the Otori clan. This sweeping novel expands on what has been only hinted at before: Shigeru's training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord, his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins, the battles that tested his skills and talents, and his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama.

Heaven's Net Is Wide is an epic tale of warfare, loyalty, love, and heartbreak. This book leaves off where Across the Nightingale Floor begins, finally bringing the Otori series full circle. And while it both completes and introduces the Tales of the Otori, it also stands on its own as a satisfying, dramatic novel of feudal Japan.

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Heaven's Net is Wide is the new beginning to the celebrated Tales of the Otori, the prequel that reveals the full story of Lord Otori Shigeru—the figure who has presided in both life and death over the entire series, the man who represents the true spirit of the Otori Clan.

As the story opens, the young Shigeru, heir to the clan, is eager to assert his authority and to face down treachery from within his own family and hostility from the far corners of the Three Countries. As his youthful determination pushes the Otori inexorably toward war with the rival Tohan Clan—and their ruthless, scheming warlord, lida Sadamu—fate appears to have some difficult lessons in store for Shigeru.

Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last Tale, which both introduces the strange and beautiful world of the Otori and closes the circle. Set in a mythical, medieval Japan, this epic historical fantasy is a story of revenge and betrayal, honor and loyalty, beauty, passion, and the overwhelming power of love.

About the Author:

Lian Hearn is the pseudonym for a writer who was born in England and later settled in Australia, and who has a lifelong interest in Japan, has lived there, and speaks Japanese.

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