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Heaven's Net is Wide (Tales of the Otori) [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Lian Hearn
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6 Jun 2008 Tales of the Otori

The Middle Country, home of the Otori clan is ruled by a benign but weak leader while in the East, the warrior-like Tohan are gathering power. On the plain of Yaegahara the clans clash in a bloody battle that leaves Otori Shigeru desperate for vengeance. Meanwhile, in a remote mountain village, a boy is born gifted with the supernatural skills of his father, once the deadliest assassin of the Tribe.

Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last Tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new readers to the fantastical, beautiful and thrilling world of the Otori. It is an epic story of betrayal, revenge, magic and love.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (6 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330454285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330454285
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,963 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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aNobody should need to ask who the Otori are by now. Scions of an imaginary, quasi-Japanese feudal clan, theyave made a big splash.a
a"Washington Post"

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These were the years when the warlord Iida Sadayoshi and his son, Sadamu, engaged in unifying the East of the Three Countries, compelled all to submit to the triple oak of the Tohan clan and looked westwards to expand. The prosperous Middle Country, coveted by its neighbours, was ruled by the weak Lord Shigemori, head of the Otori clan, who had two sons, Shigeru and Takeshi, and two discontented and ambitious half-brothers, Shoichi and Masahiro, looking for any opportunity to seize power themselves. Where there is weakness powerful men will impose… and retribution will soon follow. Meanwhile, on a remote mountainside Kikuta Isamu discovers that the Tribe – a clan of supernatural assassins who sell their skills to the highest bidder – let none escape that betray the family, even if they are of the family. But they are unaware of Isamu’s son born to his wife and member of the Hidden - who follow the teaching that it is forbidden to take life – and gifted with his father’s magical talents. Every deed provokes, every mistake must sooner or later be paid for, indeed ‘ Heaven’s net is wide but its mesh is fine’. Thus does fate align itself to bring about the momentous clash of the Tohan and Otori at Yaegahara in a stunning tale of betrayal, revenge, warfare and love played out in the mythical world of the Otori, which transcends genres, genders and generations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Absolutely awesome start/end of the best series of books i've ever read. there is no higher praise.
Feudal japanese set tales of samurai, geisha, swords, blood, treachery, intrigue, and love. The complex, entertaining and beautiful history of the otori is finally finished with Heaven's Net is Wide - the last in the series and a prequel to the other books.
This book is in third person like the recent and equally awesome Harsh Cry of the Heron, and unlike the original trilogy told from Otori Takeo's perspective.
This is the story of Shigeru, Takeo's adoptive father/uncle and reveals the much wondered about events prior to the first book - the legendary battles and the real story of Shigeru's brother and tribe knowledge. all the character's that get little time in the trilogy are explored and personalised in this volume.
It is awesomely written, moody and evocative, tranquil, yet gruesome in equal measure. It serves as an awesome way into the series and can be read first (as Hearn must now intend) as the book leads on to within 6 pages of the start of Across the Nightingale Floor. Alternatively it can be read last - like i read it - revealing the legendary events the other books are based on. there are one or two instances where it's prequel nature is apparent - sentences like - (name) who would go on to become suchandsuch in the near future. these originally made me think a first time reader should start with the trilogy but upon research i found that these types of sentences appear throughout the series. i now think it is a great place to start as Hearn now intends and should be on your reading list soon.

incredible, atmospheric and complex.
involving and entertaining - a book to treasure -
there are so few this good. 10/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Independent of the trilogy 26 Aug 2008
I felt this book was better written than the trilogy, the writing was more fluid and flowed. It gave me a deeper understanding of Otori Shigeru and his relationship with Naomi Muruyama. It also tidied the loose ends of the trilogy and gave more background about how the war began. It actually made me read the trilogy again, probably because I've read them years ago and couldn't remember much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch writing 14 July 2014
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Top notch writing, you want to rewrite it in your mind or change the outcome, but it is perfect as is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 21 April 2014
By Sureya
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Part of the amazing set of stories all of them excellent to read and I would highly recommend, fantastic read all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Mar 2014
By C. Last
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This series of books are brilliant. I just had to read the next chapter.....and the next! If you like the Far East traditions with romance as well then you'll love these books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 10 Jan 2014
By bev 19
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Another one in the series that totally engrosses the reader and takes them to all the locations visually and mentally. A very fine story indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as her others! Loved it! 8 Sep 2013
By Lula
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An easy to read story, with such brilliant characters, just as enjoyable as her other books. Would really recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 13 May 2013
By xKamex
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I really enjoyed reading this. It was great to get to know the young Shigeru and see how he became the man he was. I found reading this book to be an especially peaceful time, though there are some great laughs and fights in there too. I think this may have even been my favourite book of the series simply because of how it left me feeling after I'd finished it. I'd recommend this book 100%, even as a stand alone novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavents Net is Wide
I have waited a long time to read this - I started the series a LONG time ago! Arrived on time in perfect condition
Published 15 months ago by Ms. S. N. D. Colwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoying this book- the whole series has been splendid. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of fantasy reading.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs Wendy Hanmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good prequel, but...
"Heaven's Net is Wide" is the prequel of the "Tales of the Otori", written by the English-born Australian author Lian Hearn (pseudonym of Gillian Rubinstein). Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by ManInsideTheHelm
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
I read this book first, after finding it on honeymoon in a free book exchange in my hotel! What a gem. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars `Be careful who you trust.'
Heaven's Net is Wide is a prequel to the Tales of the Otori trilogy. I read the books of the trilogy as they were published, and have now reread them, together with The Harsh Cry... Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Lian Hearn
Another great read from this fabulous storyteller. Start at the beginning of the series if you haven't already read them.
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by Steve in Norwich
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
This final book, being a prequel to the original trilogy, is well worth reading. The book details Shigeru's life up to the point he meets Tomasu. Read more
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