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Breathtaking, absolutely fantastic.,
This review is from: Grass for his Pillow: Tales of the Otori Book 2 (Hardcover)
Lian Hearn is back and she has topped her last book with this beautiful yet dark tale of the Otori. It is a time of change, not only for the land but for the lead characters; Takeo and Kaede. Takeo's three paths tug at him in this book in a truly rich and satisfying way, evoking empathy and distress from the reader. Hearn makes us wince as Takeo's brutal training is described and cackle with glee as he retains his "special" qualities. Kaede's character develops enormously, she is now on her own in the world, her beauty still causing the death of many men. The reader becomes caught up in her stuggle to gain authority and to keep it.
I thought it was not possible to better Across the nightingale floor but Lian Hearn has proven me wrong. With the same descriptive imagery as the first book, grass for his pillow continues this ground breaking trilogy and leaves the reader begging for more.