Tales of the Otori

I just finished "The Harsh Cry of the Heron", the fourth in the Otori books by Lian Hearn. After I finished the last page, I put the book down, closed my eyes and slowly went through each of the most powerful scenes in the book, tying the loose ends, seeing the genius as it all came together.

The Otori series have entered the immortal records of my favourite books. They are tragic, heartlifting, spinechilling, heartpounding, deeply philosophical, and as the Sydney Morning Heralds puts it, , a tour de force of pure storytelling. I can’t stop thinking about what could have happened to change the fate of everyone, some slight occurence that altered history, how things could have gone differently… Lian Hearn is truly a magnificent writer, and I think I’ll buy a copy of the books mainly to support her and express my admiration. I suggest anyone who has an interest in fuedal Japan, to get hold of the books and dig right into them.

I’ll spend some time pondering over the genius that was "The Harsh Cry of the Heron" before I seek the prequel, "Heaven’s Net is Wide".

Good night everyone.

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