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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,853 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lian Hearn Narrator: Julia Fletcher and Henri Lubatti Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An epic fantasy set in a mythical, medieval Japan, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series has crossed genres, generations, and genders. Grand and complex in its themes, elegantly written, each book in the original trilogy has become a worldwide best seller. This surprise fourth installment (and real conclusion), The Harsh Cry of the Heron, achieves new heights of drama and action.

16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

In full ninja versus samurai fashion, Hearn delivers a kinetic, heartbreaking, and uplifting resolution to a thoroughly gripping saga.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " Didn't like the story as much as the original trilogy, but still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meredith Galman | 2/7/2014

    " Like Hearn's last tale of the Otori, beautifully written but ultimately unfulfilling. The world Takeo inhabits is vivid, sensual, and utterly alive. In this tale, the scope widens as Takeo and Kaede struggle with the Empire outside the border of the Three Countries, the incursion of foreigners from still farther off, and internal dissension, as well as the continued problem of the Tribe. However, Kaede's actions are completely out of character, Takeo's last choice is inexplicable, and several plot points (such as the fates of Shizuka and Madaren) are left dangling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lula | 1/22/2014

    " I would have given this 5 stars if the end weren't so damn depressing! I hated the end! I wish I had stopped reading this series after The Brilliance of the Moon! I can't stop thinking about it. Its making me miserable. Still, I have to admit it is beautifully written and I can see why the author wanted to end it this way. Now I really need to read a happy book!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Edwin | 1/20/2014

    " The original three book series is so good that I never wanted it to end. This book however was so bland in comparison that you hoped it were shorter. "

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About the Author
Author Lian Hearn

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.