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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lian Hearn Narrator: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of the Otori Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Dawn Striegel | 12/27/2013

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

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