Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
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Across the Nightingale Floor

by Lian Hearn
Release date: 2002
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

Every now and then a novel appears, completely unlike anything that has appeared before. Across the Nightingale Floor is such a work – a magical creation of a world beyond time.

Set in an imaginary, ancient Japanese society dominated by warring clans, Across the Nightingale Floor is a story of a boy who is suddenly plucked from his life in a remote and peaceful village to find himself a pawn in a political scheme, filled with treacherous warlords, rivalry – and the intensity of first love. In a culture ruled by codes of honor and formal rituals, Takeo must look inside himself to discover the powers that will enable him to fulfill his destiny.

A work of transcendent storytelling with an appeal that crosses genres, genders, and generations, Across the Nightingale Floor is a rich and brilliantly constructed tale, mythic in its themes and epic in its vision. It is poised to become the most captivating novel of the year.

(updated 2017-01-16)

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