Synopses & Reviews
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard.
The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills.
When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe, and with this knowledge he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the nightingale floor and to his destiny within the walls of lnuyama. Overcome by the intensity of first love and conflicted by split loyalties and his own divided nature, Takeo realizes that he must make his own way on this journey of revenge and treachery, honor and loyalty, betrayal and love.
"For fans of Japanese samurai warrior fantasy, this novel is right in the ballpark, filled with swords, clan in-fighting, love affairs, invisibility and magical Ninja powers." Publishers Weekly
"A balance of intrigue, romance, and daily life's cultural idiosyncrasies keep this fantasy moving quickly and compellingly." KLIATT
"This first novel, a series opener, brings a fantasy Japan to vivid life with a minimum of frills." Library Journal
"This book should be popular with many readers, not just those who admire well-written and intriguing fantasy." School Library Journal
The first installment of Hearn's epic trilogy is divided into two episodes in these rack-sized paperback editions. In feudal Japan, an orphaned youth named Takeo discovers the magical destiny that awaits him...across the nightingale floor.
About the Author
Lian Hearn was born in England and later settled in Australia, has a lifelong interest in Japan, has lived there, and speaks Japanese.