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Author: Lian Hearn Narrator: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Tales of the Otori Series Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9781598873139
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

In Book I of the Otori trilogy, Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn created a wholly original, fully-realized fantasy world where great powers clashed and young love dawned against a dazzling and mystical landscape. Nightingale was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of Book magazine's best novels of the year, and one of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books for High School Readers.

In this second tale, we return to the story of Takeo—the young orphan taken up by the Otori Lord and now a closely held member of the Tribe—and his beloved Shirakawa Kaede, heir to the Maruyama, who must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured alliances, there is no place for passionate love. Yet Takeo and Kaede, drawing on their unusual talents and hidden strengths, find ways both to nurture their intense personal bond and to honor the best interests of their people.

Like its predecessor, Grass for His Pillow is a transcendent work of storytelling—epic in scope, shimmering with imagination, and graced in equal measure with rapturous writing and exhilarating action. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mystique | 2/9/2014

    " It actually got a 2.5 with me as with many second books in a trilogy, they cannot outdo the first and usually calm down and serve as prepwork for the final 3rd novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiina | 1/29/2014

    " I found this book difficult to label. It's a love story, okay, and a story of honor and responsibilities. The different levels and substories make the book thought provoking, which is always good. I loved the Hidden people and how they were loyal even when no-one was loyal to them. The thing that bothered me in the book, as well as in the first one, was the level of violence, especially since it's largelly marketed to kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liviu | 1/20/2014

    " This and #4 are weaker than #1 and #3 in pacing, though the last half almost makes up for it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 12/27/2013

    " If you haven't read the Tales Of the Otori series I highly recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wittiyaa | 12/21/2013

    " terus terang saya aga lupa lagi ceritanya, tpi ga beda dgn yg pertama, bikin ketagihan aja, pengen tau lanjutannya.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 12/16/2013

    " This series just gets better and better...I am re-reading the whole thing back to back... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/4/2013

    " Good. Ends with them getting married at temple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss | 11/20/2013

    " This series just keeps on getting better. I started it yesterday morning and finished it before bed. I am now thinking of calling to work sick tomorrow to finish the third installment (but you all know I won't...). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/17/2013

    " Makin rame aja baca buku keduanya..Makin menegangkan dan bikin penasaran.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/8/2013

    " This only mostly only gets four stars for Kaede's chapters -- I think her plot in this one is more interesting, while Takeo is mostly just slutting it up on everyone he meets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/9/2013

    " second installment of the Otori "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 12/29/2012

    " Another great book in the Tales of the Otori series. I'm going to the library today to get the next one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/19/2012

    " Definitely not what I had expected for a sequel, but intriguing because the author is full of surprises. The main character really grows up in this second book, and finds more out about his heritage...very engaging novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 3/9/2012

    " Great series set in a fantastical version of Japan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kman | 1/30/2012

    " A great sequel, a great story in its own right. Just how Hearn evokes the peace and calm of a zen master during the most gruesome of swordfights continues to puzzle me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/25/2012

    " See review in Across the Nightingale Floor "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/7/2012

    " So far, just as good as the first in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annick | 11/15/2011

    " Not as good as the first book of the series, but still very entertaining. On to the final chapter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megaa | 10/15/2011

    " hm,,, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shala | 8/23/2011

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Across the Nightingale Floor at first. Kaede's sections of the book just weren't as compelling as Takeo's, and the book spends a great deal of time early on with Kaede. Once Takeo's story started, things really picked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kai | 3/21/2011

    " I highly recommend this series. It has many twists and turns and deals with ethics, love, espionage, and magic. Very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/18/2011

    " A good sequel with a great, open-ended finish that made me grab the 3rd in the series right after I finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 3/7/2011

    " Less strong than the first in the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 2/19/2011

    " Really a good story...just a few parts that I really wish would be taken out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Su | 2/8/2011

    " I like the alternating points of view of the narration: Kaede’s in 3rd person and Takeo’s in first person. It is also interesting to see how the contradictory moral codes of the Hidden, the Tribe and the Otori create dilemma’s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faithangel366 | 2/1/2011

    " Finally Takeo and Kaede are together.But wiil it be for long.This book was interesting as the first one.I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheleigh | 1/30/2011

    " Kept me interested enough to want to finish the third book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2011

    " Couldn't read the third book in the series. It was way too obvious what was going to happen, and it wasn't gonna be good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 1/9/2011

    " Can't say I liked this one quite as much as the first, but I'm very much looking forward to the next one. Good build-up for the finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magdalena | 1/3/2011

    " Not as good as the first one, but still quite OK. I had tremendous feeling that nothing is going on in the story, but still the book was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2010

    " This book is i think the most boring book in the series but it has a lot of important info for later in the series!! "

About the Author

Lian Hearn, a pseudonym for the writer Gillian Rubinstein, was born in England, currently lives in Australia, and has had a lifelong interest in Japan.