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Book II of the internationally bestselling phenomenon Tales of the Otori trilogy, Grass for His Pillow returns us to a mythical, medieval Japan, in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love played out on a dazzling landscape.

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 (2002), Across the Nightingale Floor was an international bestseller and critical success, named "the most compelling novel to have been published this year" by the Times (London). In this second tale, we return to the land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances where we first met 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 and alone in the world, who must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited.

In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love. Yet Takeo and Kaede, drawing on their unusual talents and hidden strengths, must make their way in this tale of longing, ambition, and intrigue. Grass for His Pillow is a tantalizing next installment in a brilliantly imaginative and critically acclaimed series.

Review:

"Hearn shows that middle novels of trilogies don't have to simply fill space between an exciting opening and conclusion." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The stuff of truly original fantasy." Locus

Review:

"Lian Hearn's Grass for his Pillow is a welcome sequel to the deliciously readable Across the Nightingale Floor..." Gerald Jonas, The New York Times

Review:

"In the second Otori book, Hearn maintains the epic scale of the first, and adds depth to the exotic world [her] characters inhabit. A prophecy and a surprising revelation towards the end of the novel set the stage for the third book." Kristine Huntley, Booklist

Review:

"[E]ngaging, but less than essential, reading. A bridge between battles, not likely to thrill Nightingale fans, though it may garner new readers on its own merits." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Rather than the adventure and intrigue of the previous title, Grass focuses more on the internal transformations of Takeo and Kaede....The wealth of detail in the pseudo-Japanese setting helps ground the story." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Book II of the internationally bestselling phenomenon Tales of the Otori trilogy, Grass for His Pillow returns us to a mythical, medieval Japan, in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love played out on a dazzling landscape.

Synopsis:

The spellbinding second installment of the internationally bestselling Tales of the Otori trilogy transports us once again to a mythical, medieval Japan, in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love.

Synopsis:

Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international bestseller and critical success, named by the London Times as "the most compelling novel to have been published this year." With Grass for His Pillow, Book Two, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation—a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances.

In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love. The orphan Takeo has been condemned to work as an assassin—an enforced occupation that his father sacrificed his own life to escape. Meanwhile, Takeos beloved Shirakawa Kaede, heir to the Murayama and alone in the world, must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited, as she fights off the advances of would-be suitors and hopes against fading hope that Takeo will return to her...

About the Author

Lian Hearn, born in England and currently living in Australia, has studied Japanese and has a lifelong interest in Japan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222518
Subtitle:
Tales of Otori, Book Two
Author:
Hearn, Lian
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Children's Baby - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Tales of the Otori
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
August 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.32 x 6.3 x 1.12 in 1.3 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222518 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hearn shows that middle novels of trilogies don't have to simply fill space between an exciting opening and conclusion."
"Review" by , "The stuff of truly original fantasy."
"Review" by , "Lian Hearn's Grass for his Pillow is a welcome sequel to the deliciously readable Across the Nightingale Floor..."
"Review" by , "In the second Otori book, Hearn maintains the epic scale of the first, and adds depth to the exotic world [her] characters inhabit. A prophecy and a surprising revelation towards the end of the novel set the stage for the third book."
"Review" by , "[E]ngaging, but less than essential, reading. A bridge between battles, not likely to thrill Nightingale fans, though it may garner new readers on its own merits."
"Review" by , "Rather than the adventure and intrigue of the previous title, Grass focuses more on the internal transformations of Takeo and Kaede....The wealth of detail in the pseudo-Japanese setting helps ground the story."
"Synopsis" by , Book II of the internationally bestselling phenomenon Tales of the Otori trilogy, Grass for His Pillow returns us to a mythical, medieval Japan, in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love played out on a dazzling landscape.
"Synopsis" by , The spellbinding second installment of the internationally bestselling Tales of the Otori trilogy transports us once again to a mythical, medieval Japan, in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love.
"Synopsis" by ,

Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international bestseller and critical success, named by the London Times as "the most compelling novel to have been published this year." With Grass for His Pillow, Book Two, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation—a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances.

In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love. The orphan Takeo has been condemned to work as an assassin—an enforced occupation that his father sacrificed his own life to escape. Meanwhile, Takeos beloved Shirakawa Kaede, heir to the Murayama and alone in the world, must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited, as she fights off the advances of would-be suitors and hopes against fading hope that Takeo will return to her...

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