Heaven's Net is Wide Hardcover – Unabridged, 7 Sep 2007
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'How I do love it when people think outside the box, and writing a fantasy series which is not exactly a fantasy...'
'It was pure pleasure.'
-- Sunday Telegraph
'Lian Hearn has written a saga that will continue to give pleasure to many'
The stunning prequel to the Tales of the Otori, the final outing into the magical, mystical world of an ancient, feudal Japan.See all Product Description
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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 these originally made me think a first time reader should start with the trilogy but upon research i found that these types of sentences appear throughout the series.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
All five books in the Tales of the Otori are historical fantasy, and take place in the Three Countries. It's a medieval setting, and borrows from both Japanese history and mythology. The Three Countries have a feudal society, with clans governing fiefdoms and a caste structure including peasants, farmers, merchants and warriors. There is also a secret organisation known as the Tribe: assassins, spies and warriors who possess various superhuman abilities but must be trained in mastering their use.
The events in Heaven's Net is Wide take place about seventeen years before the trilogy, and follows the life of Otori Shigeru, the heir to the Otori Clan, from the age of twelve until his meeting with Tomasu at the beginning of `Across the Nightingale Floor.' I enjoyed this: getting to know Shigeru as he grew from childhood to adulthood and watching his plans unfold. Shigeru grows to adulthood against the backdrop of a threatening war between the Otori and Tohan clans, and the wider story also includes information about the politics of the Tribe and the rising influence of a group known as the Hidden.
It's a great introduction to the world of the Otori, and added immensely to my (re)enjoyment of the other books in the series. Otori Shigeru was my favourite character from `Across the Nightingale Floor' and the expanded version of his story provides welcome detail of his life.
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