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Return to Book Page. The epic conclusion to the bestselling Tales of the Otori—”one of the most thrilling new series of our time. Fifteen years of peace and prosperity under the rule of Lord Otori Takeo and his wife Kaede is threatened by a rogue network of assassins, the resurgence of old rivalries, the arrival of foreigners bearing new weapons and religion, and an unfulfilled prophecy that Lord Takeo will die at the hand of a member of his own family.
The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the rich and stirring finale to a series whose imaginative vision has enthralled millions of readers worldwide, and an extraordinary novel that stands as a otoir achievement in its own right.
Paperbackpages. Published December by Penerbit Matahati first published otoru Tales otorj the Otori 4. Otori TakeoKaede Shirakawa. Prix Imaginales for Jeunesse To see what your friends thought of kln book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Harsh Cry of the Heronplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about The Harsh Cry of the Heron. Lists with This Book. Trying to keep an excellent series going beyond the natural end is always complicated. I was optimistic for this one, however, because Lian Hearn has quite a talent for epic storytelling, and the first three Otori books gripped me from about paragraph 2.
In this 4th book Hearn brings some of the more historical threads served as a backdrop to the earlier books to the fore in a story that by its own logic really can’t end the way the previous did.
The era of feudal kingdoms is over. It is an inte Trying to keep an excellent series going beyond the natural end is always complicated. It is an interesting set up: Otori Takeo, although destined by prophecy to be a great ruler and unifier, also is destined to fall in the way of a Greek trajedy. He believes it, and so can only fight so hard against it. But it isn’t just prophecy that determines his fall, and it isn’t just Takeo’s family that will bear the brunt of this change.
Hearn writes the inevitable aftermath of the epic trilogy as the story of outside forces Portuguese explorers otlri the internal logics of nationmanking coming back to undo the very ruler who brought them in. So I like this book on a meta-level, but I was left mostly unsatisfied by the character development. Seeing Takeo as the older, wiser father was a fun change, as otroi seeing some of the youngest characters grow up.
And yet there were so many of them that the book lost focus. It seems like Hearn couldn’t decide between writing another trilogy with this new generation of characters or tying up loose ends with one book. Because of this, the reader gets many choices of characters and subplots with which to to identify only to watch them all die, or fade out, or do something stupid before they can really develop before our eyes. I wanted to really root for someone and watch them survive valiantly despite all obstacles, and I kept getting the rug yanked out from under me.
Now, there are books where this kind of disappointment is endemic, and those books are often really good.
But I didn’t start reading the Otori books for a lesson in pessimism or realpolitik, and greek tragedy has never really been my thing. So I understand what Hearn was trying to achieve, but I was frustrated by all the interesting people left along the way.
Still, there undoubtably will be a book in the future about Takeo’s daughter, and I will undoubtably read it. Hearn’s focus on strong female characters has always been a selling point in this series for me and I’m willing to bet that the new book will be more focused and hence a whole lot better.
View all 3 comments. Mar 03, Nancy rated it did not like it. I tore into this book after devouring the original trilogy, but finished the story feeling that my enjoyment of these characters was ototi compromised. While the story was compelling, I felt the behavior and decisions of some of the main characters were inconsistent with their personas in the first books, thus creating pivotal scenarios that left me questioning the strength of their personas so beautifully developed in the klxn books.
As much as I wanted to know the conclusio So disappointing! As much as I wanted to know the jlan for the Tales of the Otori series, I would encourage readers to skip this book and savor the strength and depth of the original trilogy.
If any final book to an otherwise excellent series needs a rewrite, this is it. The best end that this series should have Jan 24, Jack rated it it was ok Recommends it for: No one at all unless you’re really masochistic. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He should’ve ended it after the second book.
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That way I wouldn’t have to endure the torture the next two books brought me. Luckily, I’m not compelled to finish the series anymore, because the last one ootori a prequel. Anyway, onto the rant. If Brilliance of the Moon was terrible compared to Across the Nightingale Klam, then this book was terrible compared to Brilliance of the Moon. It was that bad. For one thing, it’s set 16 years into the future, so the magic of the characters is gone.
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They’re comp He should’ve ended it after the second book. They’re completely different, and not in a good way. You read that right. Also, it’s all about firearms now, and it’s left the traditional Eastern way of fighting. And I thought Japan was against Western influence. Anyway, there’s a whole new cast of characters this time, including: Taku, one of Shizuka’s son. Zenko, the other son of Shikuza. He married Kaede’s sister Hana and together they’re planning on betraying Takeo.
Shigeko, Takeo’s oldest daughter. Maya and Miki, Takeo’s twin girls. Which reminds me another reason I hated the book: Apparently, her royalty has gone to her head, and she hates her daughters because she wants a son she doesn’t know about the prophecy yet. She also tries overthrow Takeo herself. And that brings me to the final reason why I absolutely hated this book: Basically, Kaede kicked Takeo’s ass out of the castle, and then Akio shows up with Takeo’s son and tries to kill him.
Then, the son accidentally kills Akio, and somewhere in the fight one of the twins dies. Then Takeo kills himself. The worst part about it was that you didn’t even experience the fight, you just read about it in a letter. And then there’s the even worse part. Kaede does a complete and “regrets what she’s done”.
She also mentions that “she can’t live without him” even though it was her fault Takeo died. And then the book ends. I’m not even kidding you. It’s like putting down a rabid dog: I always find it incredibly hard to review, or even rate, a book I read as a child, because, first, how much of said book do I really remember?
But most importantly, how much of what I remember feeling about this book is actually the book’s doing, and how much is just nostalgia?
It certainly wasn’t my favourite book, and it wasn’t the first one I read that made me cry.
Heaven’s Net is Wide (Tales of the Otori, #0) by Lian Hearn
But it’s the book that introduced me to bitter endings. My uncle had I always find it incredibly hard to review, or even rate, a book I read as a child, because, first, how much of said book do I really remember? My uncle had given me the first book in this series as a birthday gift when I was in middle school, and I had loved it, though it had seemed really weird to me.
So when I found out the local library had the rest of the series, I couldn’t wait to read it. I had to wait some time, though, to read the last one, and when I finally did, it had been, what?
Awful things happen to good men and most of them seem pointless, and people have to make sacrifices that really feel like sacrifices by this I mean they don’t just forget about the sacrifice they made because in the end it was worth it – though most of the time they still believe it was worth it.
But I didn’t expect the last book to be so harsh.
From what I remember, this book takes place some years after the third one. Takeo and Kaede not sure about the name – I did say it’s been some time since I read this book are older view spoiler [and have children.
You’d think they’d be happy, and for some time they are, but mostly I felt like they were miserable.
Or so my memories tell me. It’s well written, the characters are well fleshed out, and the plot is alright.