Across the nightingale floor is simply one of the most superb books i have read for an extremly long time. The characters are mature, deep and complex, the storyline is original and expertly handled. Hearn paints vivid imagery in the mind of the reader as we are transported to the fantasy, ancient, feudal Japan. Takeo is a truly magnificent lead character, his feelings and emotions are caputured immaculatly and Kaede is an intriguing, mysterious character, who's "curse" adds a whole new element to the story. Ten out of ten to Hearn, well done and give us more!