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)
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 Hearns ancient and magical Oriental world is compelling and unforgettable. This is stunning, timeless storytelling that will endure for many generations of readers to come.