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Tales of the Otori #02: Grass for His Pillow


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ISBN13: 9781565117990
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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.


Hearn's newest epic work will have powerful appeal to fans of "The Lord of the Rings," the Harry Potter novels, and the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Unabridged. 8 CDs.

About the Author

LIAN HEARN was born in England, currently lives in Australia, and has had a lifelong interest in Japan.

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nrlymrtl, May 13, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
We learn more about The Tribe and their militant structural need for complete obedience from it’s members. At the end of Book 1, Takeo made an agreement with The Tribe �" to join them willingly for their assistance. We pick up right where we left off at the end of Book 1 and follow along on Takeo’s shoulder as he undergoes basic training, Tribe style. He’s in for a rough time, as he has already made Tribe enemies.

Kaede is understandably deeply saddened at Takeo’s choice. She returns home to find her mother has passed, her sisters are near-strangers, her father lives in disgrace with addled wits, and the family in whole is impoverished. And this is where Kaede starts to shine �" by taking control of the situation. Her character was interesting in Book 1, but definitely was less developed than Takeo’s; it was good to see her develop into a strong woman of her own.

What I Liked: How the book bounces back and forth in point of view between Kaede and Takeo; learning more of The Tribe, Takeo’s powers, Kaede’s strength; the beautiful, simple language of the story.

What I Disliked: Occasionally, I feel like Nakasone paces herself too slowly in reading (of course, this may just be my eagerness to enjoy the story).
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performance Read:
Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone.
Highbridge Company
Read by:
Gray, Kevin
Gray, Kevin
Nakasone, Aiko
Gray, Kevin
Hearn, Liam
Hearn, Lian
Historical fiction
Teenage boys
Fantasy - Series
Fantasy - Historical
Adventure fiction
General Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
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Unabridged; 9.5 hours on 8 CDs
Tales of the Otori
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8 sound discs (9.5 hr.)
6.78x4.34x1.17 in. .49 lbs.
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