Across the Nightingale Floor: Book 1 Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn

Across the Nightingale Floor: Book 1 Tales of the Otori

By Lian Hearn

  • Release Date: 2014-05-11
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 70 Ratings
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FOUR MILLION COPIES SOLD. In 40 languages. One of the most thrilling series of our time. Enter the feudal world of the Otori - filled with magic, treachery and intrigue - inspired by medieval Japan and created by acclaimed Australian author, Lian Hearn.

'The best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense to have come this way since Philip Pullman.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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.

INCLUDES an extract from GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW PLUS three chapters of EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS, the first novel in Lian Hearn's spellbinding new Tale of Shikanoko series.

'One of the most thrilling series of our time.' THE TIMES

' ... a world that is rich with character and detail, yet effortless to read' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

'An engrossing fantasy saga of literary quality.' THE AGE

'Lian Hearn's marvellous storytelling talent ... makes reading these books a moment of pure bliss.' LE MONDE


  • Lacking Depth

    By Amyleet
    While the book is interesting, and the touches on the Japanese culture are there, there is no depth to the story or culture of the characters. The intriguing talents of the main character are never fully explained, and it seems to skip through events as if rushing to finish. If you enjoy detailed books, with spellbinding descriptions that fully draw you into the setting, I would not recommend this book.
  • A book (and series) well done!!

    By nuetronblast38
    Such an amazing series! I am looking forward to re-reading it again!! An ABSOLUTE MUST read!!
  • My favourite book series ever

    By TimtheGoodfellow
    This is an absolute must-read book. My year 10 English teacher recommended I read this book and I was hooked after just a few pages, and you will be, too!
  • An amazing world

    By Juju634611
    I absolutely loved this! What an extraordinary Japanese-style world Lian Hearn has created, so detaile and real. I'm so glad there are five books in the series to keep reading.
  • Beautifully written

    By 6416toni
    I have never read a book so beautifully descriptive, I felt like I was there. Easy to follow, but is going to be a long ride, as this tale is an epic, however very much worth it.
  • Why you should read it?

    By Brittany -
    I actually have the pleasure to own these books and I'm reading them currently for the 8th time. The story is just so well written and despite the fact that you forget different chapters of different characters are usually happening at the same time (Takeo and Kaeda's chapters happen at the same time, confusing but worth the trouble) the book itself draws you into the world it tells of. The descriptions and writing techniques are so well done that even a friend of mine (who usually cannot get into a book let alone imagine everything going on) imagined the entire story and is now hunting around book shops for these works of art now. I'd just like the say this book is perfect and is highly recommended if you're into the genre.