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The second and final instalment of 'The Tale of Shikanoko': a bold epic of a fantastical medieval Japan from the creator of the global phenomenon Tales of the Otori, Lian Hearn, whose books have sold over four million copies worldwide.
Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. She is the author of Across the Nightingale Floor, the first in the internationally acclaimed Tales of the Otori series. Grass for His Pillow, Brilliance of the Moon, The Harsh Cry of the Heron and Heaven's Net is Wide follow.
Across the Nightingale Floor was described to me by the young man in Borders bookshop as a "Japanese Harry Potter, only better". In fact, it's a different beast entirely. Much darker, much sharper, much less predictable -- Daily Telegraph on Tales of the Otori An original and exquisitely wrought adventure story -- Observer on Tales of the Otori Across the Nightingale Floor remains quite simply the best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense to have come this way since Philip Pullman -- Independent on Sunday on Tales of Otori An enthralling and original work of fantasy -- The Times on Tales of the Otori The writing is extraordinary . . . Virtually pitch perfect -- Evening Standard on Tales of the Otori The plot is gripping and the writing is beautiful, packed with authentic, atmospheric detail -- Daily Mail on Tales of the Otori A thrilling tale of love, violence, loyalty and betrayal -- Guardian on Tales of the Otori Hearn continues to explore issues of fate, love, moral failure, and moral redemption through characters both archetypal and heartbreakingly believable. * Kirkus Reviews *