Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn
(Tales of the Otori, Book 3)

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A beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth. Filled with adventure and surprising twists of plot and fortune, this third book in the Tales of the Otori series travels beyond the Three Countries, to the outside influences that threaten to intrude upon this isolated realm.



 

About Lian Hearn

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Lian Hearn was born in England and has had a lifelong interest in Japan, where she has lived there and speaks Japanese.
 
Published June 7, 2005 by Riverhead. 346 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Despite its quasi-Japanese setting, the story has many European feudal touches -- including a special sword along the lines of Arthur's Excalibur, and a damsel in distress, Takeo's wife, Kaede, who is abducted by a sadistic nobleman whom she spurned in love.

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Desperately in love with Kaede Shirakawa, whom he secretly wed at the end of Grass for His Pillow , Takeo must now assist her in reclaiming her lands of Maruyama while balancing his own need to avenge the deaths of his blood father and his adoptive father, Lord Shigeru.

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When Lian Hearn ended the second book in the Tales of the Otori series, the characters and events of...The third book in the Otori series dials up the action without sacrificing the characters.

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BC Books

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Despite the fact that I enjoyed this novel more than its predecessors, there were still two story elements which struck me as incongruities.

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Instead, Hearn patiently weaves a story in which Takeo does fight battles and even gains some measure of vengeance, but does so amidst an ever-changing tapestry of his own personal conflicts.

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At the conclusion of Grass For His Pillow, Lord Otori Takeo and Lady Kaede Shirakawa have married without permission.

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