Across the Nightingale Floor
Series : Tales of the Otori
Publisher : Hachette Australia
Source : Publisher
Release Date : January 27th 2016
In his fortress at Inuyama, the murderous warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard.
Brought up in a remote village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people, Takeo has learned only the ways of peace. Why, then, does he possess the deadly skills that make him so valuable to the sinister Tribe? These supernatural powers will lead him to his violent destiny within the walls of Inuyama – and to an impossible longing for a girl who can never be his. His journey is one of revenge and treachery, beauty and magic, and the passion of first love.
Across the Nightingale Floor would be a book that I would have never discovered if Hearn hadn’t written another series sit in the same world that was released last year. To celebrate the release the publisher, re- released the Tales of the Otori series with new covers to refresh the minds of existing readers and to introduce a new generation of readers to Hearn.
Namely me , who was in primary school when the first book came out and was stuck in the worlds of Enid Blyton, Alex Rider and so much more. Never really interested in the world of fantasy to say the least. Until I discover the beautiful world of Japan and become interested when I read another fantasy set in the same country. Since then I haven’t read any Japanese fantasy until now.
It been a while since I read a fantasy book, purely because of time and obligations and this book has been begging to be read ever since it enter into my life and ended up on my tbr pile. I have picked up with the intentions to read it time after time but I never ended up starting the book . Until recently when I finally started the book and found myself lost in the beautiful epic story that Hearn was weaving
In a nutshell, Across the Nightingale Floor, maybe be fiction but it some engaging fantasy historical fiction. With an ensemble cast and wagging war. Hearn quickly took us to Japan and a period where a man name Iida Samdu is on a mission to control things. Battle lines are drawn and whilst he has control , there is much the dissatisfied can do as Ilda is protected by a nightingale floor that warns him of any assassins. However change is a foot and Hearn is weaving a story that is challenging him and he can’t do anything about it
Mean while there is rebellion among his amongst his alliances and this where the story really begins when a teenager named Takeo life is changed when his remote mountain village is destroyed and he is forced to flee.
Into the path of Lord Otoro Sheirgu who quickly takes him under his wing and we soon learn these two maybe an odd pairing but it a calculated move by the author. As times pass and we discover the truth of Takeo. He isn’t just an ordinary boy, and Hearn quickly makes him and Sheirgu the standouts of this novel as they play a dangerous game with Iida . With the game a foot and floor between them, a seemingly harmless floor. It hold so much power and sets the course for the series.
Across the Nightingale Floor wasn’t exactly what I was expecting in a good way. I didn’t think that the standouts and the leads would be a pair of teenagers aside from Sherigu and that things would end the way that they did. Hearn captured Japan from her view perfect, taking some liberties and creating a unique tale that is only beginning.