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Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori, Book 3)

Hearn, Lian

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ISBN 10: 1405041358 / ISBN 13: 9781405041355
Published by Macmillan
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1405041358 2004, first edition. 352 pages. Signed by the author. Navy cloth with gilt spine titling. Cloth lightly bumped to corners. Spine square. Binding sound. Dust jacket lightly bumped to edges, scuffed. Interior bright and unmarked. > First edition > SIGNED by Author. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-2002290

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Title: Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori, ...

Publisher: Macmillan

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Otori Takeo and the beautiful Kaede are now married. But the inescapable forces of destiny that have bound their lives from birth make their happiness an impossible dream. Takeo, still only seventeen, must raise an army to reclaim his Otori lands, and fulfil the prophecy of the blind sage: 'Peace comes at the price of bloodshed. Four battles to win and one to lose'. And he can never be free from the invisible assassins of the secret Tribe who have vowed to kill him. Brilliance of the Moon is the most gripping book in the series that has captured the imaginations of readers young and old around the world. A rich and complex cast of characters are swept up in a breathtaking story of warfare and sacrifice, violent death, treacherous plots, the unstoppable natural forces of typhoon and earthquake, and the unconquerable desire of two young lovers to be together, against all odds. Lian Hearn's ancient and magical Oriental world is compelling and unforgettable. This is stunning, timeless storytelling that will endure for many generations of readers to come.


Lian Hearn's third installment in the Tales of the Otori series Brilliance of the Moon brings a mystical and violent conclusion to the saga of Takeo Otori as he fulfills his destiny to reclaim the Otori lands. At the climax of Grass for his Pillow, Takeo's passion for his beloved Kaede was finally realized with their secret and forbidden wedding. As spring approaches, Takeo and Kaede prepare for war and embark on a campaign to reclaim their respective realms. But just when victory seems certain, Hearn characteristically uproots her characters with unseen treachery and the two lovers are again separated. Takeo must summon courage from his conflicted heritage as he marches towards his destiny. The fates of other Otori characters are also determined in a succinct and magical finale.

This third chapter in the Otori saga lives up its predecessors. Hearn's mythical ancient Japan is again brought to storybook life. Although the novel's climax comes suddenly and almost unexpectedly, the afterword hints at another tale to be told by the heirs of Kaede and Takeo's legendary rise. --Jeremy Pugh

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