The Harsh Cry of the Heron

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Hachette Australia, 2006 - Australian fiction - 714 pages
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The world of the Otori has entranced readers since the first book in the Trilogy, ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, was published in 2002. Now Lian Hearn again takes us back to a land that might be feudal Japan or may be another place altogether in the stunning sequel, THE HARSH CRY OF THE HERON. Find out who lives and dies, who conquers, and who is still loved. The story winds up to an unexpected and moving conclusion that will make you want to start reading the Trilogy all over again.Lord Otori Takeo and his consort Kaede have ruled for over sixteen years. The Three Countries are rich, peaceful and prosperous. The sacred birds, the Honou, nest at Terayama and a fabled creature, the Kirin, has appeared on their shores. Heaven seems to smile on them.Yet their very success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet all the wealth of the Three Countries, especially Takeo's heir, his eldest daughter, Shigeko, now of marriageable age.

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User Review  - wunder - LibraryThing

I'll try do do this without spoilers, though the major flaws in this book are storytelling and plot. There were ominous overtones early on, so I decided I was OK if everything just fell apart, after ... Read full review

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User Review  - Griffin22 - LibraryThing

This was really depressing. Takeo and Kaede have been ruling in relative peace for sixteen years, but now everything falls apart. I really couldn't like them very much. Kaede dislikes and fears her ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

I was born in England and emigrated to Australia. I think the main influences on my writing were my teenage years and studying modern languages (French and Spanish) at Oxford. I love languages and words: to learn a foreign language is to enter into a love affair with a country and its culture. It is to become a different person and begin to think in a different way. Coming to Australia brought me closer to Japan, a country I had been interested in for many years. Australia has many links with Japan, and is in the same time zone, though a different hemisphere. Being an Australian means being between West and East and living in a society that has formed itself out of many different and contradictory elements. I identify with this.' - Lian Hearn (This quote from Lian Hearn is taken from her website: It is worth visiting.)

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