Across The Nightingale Floor (Tales Of The Otori)
'The most compelling novel to have been published this year' - Amanda Craig, "Observer". In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old... show more
'The most compelling novel to have been published this year' - Amanda Craig, "Observer". In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida's warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe - preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self - that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips...The stunningly powerful bestseller, "Across the Nightingale Floor", is an epic story for readers young and old. Set in a mythical, feudal, Japanese land, a world both beautiful and cruel, the intense love story of two young people takes place against a background of warring clans, secret alliances, high honour and lightning swordplay.
Publish date: July 6th 2003
Pages no: 240
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...