The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn
The Last Tale of the Otori (Tales of the Otori, Book 4)

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The epic conclusion to the bestselling Tales of the Otori—"one of the most thrilling new series of our time." -The Times (London)



A dazzling epic of warfare and sacrifice, passionate revenge, treacherous betrayal, and unconquerable love, The Harsh Cry of the Heron takes the storytelling achievement of Lian Hearn's fantastic medieval Japanese world to startling new heights of drama and action. Fifteen years of peace and prosperity under the rule of Lord Otori Takeo and his wife Kaede is threatened by a rogue network of assassins, the resurgence of old rivalries, the arrival of foreigners bearing new weapons and religion, and an unfulfilled prophecy that Lord Takeo will die at the hand of a member of his own family.



The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the rich and stirring finale to a series whose imaginative vision has enthralled millions of readers worldwide, and an extraordinary novel that stands as a thrilling achievement in its own right.




 

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 September 7, 2006 by Riverhead. 644 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Particularly fractious are members of The Tribe, a dwindling race possessed of magical powers that finds its usually marketable skills of espionage and assassination less in demand now that Otori has banned torture and refused to handle potential rivals in the usual manner (by killing them).

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Thanks to his enlightened leadership, 15 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Otori Takeo united the Three Countries, but his enemies continue to plot their revenge—including the Tribe, a ninja-like group of assassins, and the duplicitous Lord Zenko, one of Takeo's retainers.

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