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Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori Book 3 Hardcover – 17 Sep 2004


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (17 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405041358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405041355
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language, many trips to Japan, and culminated in the Tales of the Otori series. The books in the series have been sold into 36 countries and have been world wide best sellers.

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A worthy conclusion to a genuinely thrilling epic saga. ("Booklist") Elegant...a fragrant blend of romance and martial-arts action. ("Publishers Weekly") "Brilliance of the Moon" is hard to put down. ("Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

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Otori Takeo and the beautiful Kaede are now married. But the inescapable forces of destiny that have bound their lives from birth make their happiness an impossible dream. Takeo, still only seventeen, must raise an army to reclaim his Otori lands, and fulfil the prophecy of the blind sage: 'Peace comes at the price of bloodshed. Four battles to win and one to lose'. And he can never be free from the invisible assassins of the secret Tribe who have vowed to kill him. Brilliance of the Moon is the most gripping book in the series that has captured the imaginations of readers young and old around the world. A rich and complex cast of characters are swept up in a breathtaking story of warfare and sacrifice, violent death, treacherous plots, the unstoppable natural forces of typhoon and earthquake, and the unconquerable desire of two young lovers to be together, against all odds. Lian Hearn’s ancient and magical Oriental world is compelling and unforgettable. This is stunning, timeless storytelling that will endure for many generations of readers to come.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Brown on 15 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
After finishing the second in this amazing Trilogy I was desperate to find out about when the next would be due, and I can also remember trying to find it in March for my mothers birthday, only to find out it was going to be out at around November. And even ended up ordering it from the American Amazon. But I have to say that this book was truely worth waiting for and gave all I wanted as a great fan and a reader of the book.
The thrid in the trilogy starts off with Otori Takeo endeavouring to have his land returned to him, as he was the legal heir to the Otori clan, and being adopted by the well known Lord Shigeru. With his Wife, Lady Shirakawa Kaede by his side, and many loyal men that may have been nothing more than peasents and farmers, they strive to defeat the unloyal and those who stand in his way. Though things weren't going to be that easy. The words of the wise woman from book two still remain and haunt him, that he will fight battles, and lose one. His son will be his killer. But Takeo remains determined to avenge Lord Shigeru and help his Wife regain control of her country too.
This book offers many thrills, duplicity, excitment, tension and passion. It was also written with greatness and deserves all praise. It is worth buying and reading as many others have enjoyed what may seem as a work of art.
Steph Brown.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Hello
The lian Hearn triology is amazing. I throughly enjoyed it even though i am not a young adult. The story was so descriptive and intense that i couldnt put the book down! It is a story unlike no other and def one to try.
I like all kinds of book so if you enjoy a book with a little history, good story, little romance and fighting with a twist of magic and fantasy this is the book for you! GIVE IT A TRY!!!
Also please if you have read it can you recommend any similar books. I feel a bit down as got nothing else to read :)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Yeoh on 15 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoyed the other two books, then you'll like this third book too. Brilliance of the Moon completes the trilogy that follows Takeo and Kaede as they seek to reclaim their land and rights.
It has a gripping plot and a great use of different point of view. Shifting from Takeo to Kaede and back but in some ways it feels more of a continuation of book 2 than a complete book in its own right. This is perhaps both Takeo and Kaede have already goen through so much change, in both their emotional and physical make up that over coming the hurdles in front of them are a culmination of that change and don't require a further emotional journey.
There are great scenes, involving battles and adventures. Engaging characters from baddies (a giant with bones like stone), to allies (sea pirates) and the ever present Tribe, who have their own conflict to deal with. Takeo has to riase an army and fight five battles (Four battles to win and one to lose), Kaede has to deal with a powerful old lord and everyone has to decide on which side their loyalty lies.
There's a fair amount of blood, guts and love (so perhaps not suitable for the younger readers) but for a cracking story, it's hard to beat. I recommend it but read the first 2 books to begin with.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 18 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book (and the others in the trilogy) have to be some of my favourites. They are so well written and make you want to keep on reading forever!
I would recommend anyone to read these, adults or teenagers as they deserve to be read by millions of people everywhere
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If the first book was Takeo and Kaede being played by others, and the second was them making their own decisions, this book is all about the consequences of those actions.

Their biggest (and most rash) decision at the end of the last book was their marriage to each other, and we quickly see that the anger this has roused in their rivals will be one of the main conflicts of the book. Kaede's dealings with her neighbour, Lord Fujwara come around to bite her. He is the true villain of the trilogy: unsettling, cruel and yet all too human and familiar - everything, perhaps, Iida should have been in the first book.

Takeo is now led by the prophecy, interpreting events in his life through her words. He recognises as well that is just interpretation: the prophecy isn't really set as a concrete thing that is going to happen, more one that he can manipulate events to fit around. He decides a short skirmish with bandits is a battle, and that's one checked off his 'battles to win' list. His vendetta against the Tribe also shows the ruthlessness he has developed throughout the series, executing many members in case they try to assassinate him (this book contained some of the more grizzly deaths, including someone biting off their own tongue and choking to death on their blood...)

There is a lot more action than the last book, as can be expected when there are five battles to go ahead (four to win and one to lose). The majority of these are satisfying (especially the one he loses, increasing the distance between himself and Kaede) but I felt the final battle - the one you'd expect to be the biggest and baddest - was surprisingly brief. The betrayal of Arai was all too expected and the battle was over before it really began, which seemed a little anticlimactic.
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