Author(s): Lian Hearn
The world of the Otori has entranced readers since the first book in the Trilogy, Across the Nightingale Floor, was published in 2002. Now Lian Hearn again takes us back to a land that might be feudal Japan or may be another place altogether in the stunning sequel, The Harsh Cry of the Heron. Find out who lives and dies, who conquers, and who is still loved. The story winds up to an unexpected and moving conclusion that will make you want to start reading the Trilogy all over again. The Harsh Cry of the Heron resumes 14 years after Lian Hearn's highly successful trilogy, the Tales of the Otori, left off. It is centred on the difficulties of holding power. Here we see Takeo and his consort Kaede ruling the Three Countries in peace and prosperity, with the favour of Heaven everywhere evident. Yet the elements that could disrupt this meticulously structured equilibrium are assembling, forming their shifting alliances. Fate and personality will also have their due as the puzzle unfolds. First published 2007.