Across the Nightingale Floor
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden,... show more
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills. When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor—and to his own unimaginable destiny...
Publish date: January 1st 2002
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Pages no: 287
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
Series: Tales of the Otori (#1)
Interesting setting in a (fantastical) Japan with enjoyable story and characters. I especially liked that Kaede, the female protagonist, was not simply a damsel in distress. But I could have done without the instalove. Still I will continue to read this series - especially since I already own the ne...
You can find this, and other reviews, on my blog.While this isn’t the best fantasy novel I’ve ever read, it is a nice, light read.Set in a world remarkably similar to feudal Japan, it primarily follows Takeo as he has his world turned on its ear, discovers himself, and indulges in a bit of rebellion...
So if your like me you haven't read many Japanese based books (something I'm looking forward to changing) This book is for you, much better than Stormdancer in my opinion. One of the best things about Japanese Based books is it can have magic in it and can still come off as realistic, there just som...
I don't usually read others' reviews before writing my own; I don't want to be influenced. With this book, though, I was having trouble putting my thoughts in order. A look through Goodreads shows a wide variety of reactions, with very strongly held and expressed opinions on both ends of the spectru...
Across the nightingale floor was a little step away from my usual reading material but the rave reviews intrigued me so I gave it a shot. I rashly bought all 5 books in the series and now I'm doubting the widsom of that.Just because it's aimed at a lower age group, doesn't mean it has to be childish...