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Issue Details: First known date: 2002... 2002 Tales of the Otori
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Notes

  • French title: Le clan des Otori; German title: Der Clan der Otori; Polish title: Opowiesci rodu Otori; Croatian title: Otorijima; Lithuanian title: Otoriu sakmes; Hebrew title: Sipure ha-Otori; Latvian title: Otori stas; Chinese (Taiwanese) title: Feng chang shi chuan qi: Estonian title: Az Otoriak Tortenet; Swedish title: Sagan om klanen otori; Spanish title: Leyendas de los Otori; Danish title: Otoriklanens fortaellinger; Greek title: Mythoi ton Otori; Finnish title: Otorin klaanin tarina; Bulgarian title: Klanat Otori .

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y separately published work icon Across the Nightingale Floor Lian Hearn , Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 2002 Z962493 2002 single work novel fantasy young adult (taught in 3 units) 'In his black-walled 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 mountain 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, honour and loyalty, beauty and magic, and the passion of first love.' (Source: Publisher's website)
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y separately published work icon Grass for His Pillow Lian Hearn , Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 2003 Z1068839 2003 single work novel fantasy young adult

'The pseudonymous Hearn's second thrilling installment of her Tales of the Otori trilogy (after 2002's Across the Nightingale Floor) is once again set in a magic-haunted version of medieval Japan where no one wields unchallenged authority and no one is safe. The swirl of treacherous, shifting clan alliances threatens to overwhelm young lovers and aristocrats Takeo and Kaede. Separated throughout most of the action, the two must develop their talents while trying to maintain their integrity. Takeo possesses superhuman gifts such as the ability to become invisible, project a double image of himself and hear distant conversations; however, he must discipline his skills and control his impetuous temper. He also must work out his relationship with the Tribe, a treacherous secret organization of spies and assassins that saved his life but that may have murdered his father. Kaede, meanwhile, has to escape the powerless role of a woman if she is to protect herself and her family domain from predatory neighbors'.

Source: bookseller's website.

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y separately published work icon Brilliance of the Moon Lian Hearn , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 2004 Z1119880 2004 single work novel fantasy young adult

Peace comes at the price of bloodshed-five battles will buy you peace, four to win and one to lose. At the temple of Terayama, the words of the blind sage's prophecy continue to haunt Takeo as he readies his armies for battle. Determined to avenge Shigeru's death and claim his rightful inheritance, Takeo and Kaede, together with Takeo's forces; fight their way to the domain of Maruyama. But then they must separate. Takeo makes plans for a battle by the sea, and Kaede returns to her family's home at Shirakawa. Will they see each other again?

Source: Publisher website panmacmillan.com (Sighted: 12/01/10)

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y separately published work icon The Harsh Cry of the Heron Lian Hearn , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2006 Z1296146 2006 single work novel fantasy

'Thanks to his enlightened leadership, 15 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Otori Takeo united the Three Countries, but his enemies continue to plot their revenge—including the Tribe, a ninja-like group of assassins, and the duplicitous Lord Zenko, one of Takeo's retainers. Perhaps the greatest threat, however, is the prophecy of a holy woman that Takeo will die only at his son's hand; his only son, an unacknowledged bastard, is being raised by his sworn enemy Kikuta Akio, the head of a Tribe family. With his beautiful (and legitimate) daughter and heir Shigeko by his side, Takeo must navigate these treacherous shoals to save his lands and his legacy from destruction'. (Publisher's blurb)

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y separately published work icon Heaven's Net Is Wide Lian Hearn , Sydney : Hachette Livre Australia , 2007 Z1430145 2007 single work novel fantasy 'Heaven's Net Is Wide is the new beginning to the celebrated Tales of the Otori, the prequel that reveals the full story of Lord Otori Shigeru, the figure who has presided in both life and death over the entire series, the man who represents the true spirit of the Otori Clan. As the story opens, the young Shigeru, heir to the clan, is eager to assert his authority and to face down treachery from within his own family and hostility from the far corners of the Three Countries. His noble education and training as a warrior have prepared him for leadership and combat, but can anything prepare him for the terrible consequences of loss and defeat? As his youthful determination pushes the Otori inexorably toward war with the rival Tohan Clan and their ruthless, scheming warlord, Iida Sadamu, fate appears to have some difficult lessons in store for Shigeru. Shigeru's life is under constant threat, but just as he is surrounded by implacable enemies, he is also supported by loyal allies, such as Lady Murayama, the only woman rule in the Three Countries. And he has friends among the Tribe, the clandestine network of assassins who not only will protect him but also will reveal the existence of a boy in a remote mountain village - a boy who belongs to the secret sect known as the Hidden, a boy who might prove to be vital to the future of the Otori.' (Source: Book jacket)
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y separately published work icon Orphan Warriors Lian Hearn , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2019 15937371 2019 single work novel fantasy

''It was as if they were pieces on a board which had been kicked over, each scattered in the dirt and alone.'

'Orphaned or left fatherless: such is the fate of many children of the Otori and the Tribe. Sunaomi and Chikara, sons of Arai Zenko, also carry the burden of their father's treachery, but their aunt, Kaede, is able to save their lives on condition they become novice monks and never leave the temple at Terayama.

'Sunaomi has been brought up as a warrior, yet his grandmother is Muto Shizuka. He cannot escape that he is also a child of the Tribe. As he discovers unimagined talents within himself he comes up against Hisao, Takeo's son, the ghostmaster, as well as Saga Hideki, the most powerful warlord in the realm, the Emperor's General.

'Taking place in the magical medieval world of Tales of the Otori and following on from The Harsh Cry of the Heron, Orphan Warriors is a coming-of-age adventure story in a human world of courage and sacrifice behind which always hovers a supernatural world of danger and dread.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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First known date: 2002

Works about this Work

Lian Hearn (Gillian Rubinstein) – Author Interview 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: The Australian Literature Review , October 2010;
Helping Children Engage with Asia through Books Lynette Thomas , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Asian Currents , February no. 63 2010;

— Review of Seams of Gold Chris Cheng , 2007 single work children's fiction ; Krakatoa Lighthouse Allan Baillie , 2009 single work children's fiction ; The Most Beautiful Lantern Sally Heinrich , 2007 single work picture book ; Tomodachi : The Edge of the World Simon Higgins , 2007 single work novel ; Tales of the Otori Lian Hearn , 2002 series - author novel
y separately published work icon "Surviving" Adolescence : Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Transformations In Young Adult Fiction Anna Whateley , Kelvin Grove : 2010 Z1761971 2010 single work thesis
Fighting Legends Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 1 2008; (p. 74-75)
Hearn Casts Her Net Wider Ronni Phillips , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 September 2007; (p. 13)
[Review] Tales of the Otori Kate Forsyth , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction , no. 33/34/35 2004; (p. 261)

— Review of Tales of the Otori Lian Hearn , 2002 series - author novel
Magical Escape Lucy Clark , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 16 September 2007; (p. 18)

— Review of Heaven's Net Is Wide Lian Hearn , 2007 single work novel ; Tales of the Otori Lian Hearn , 2002 series - author novel
Helping Children Engage with Asia through Books Lynette Thomas , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Asian Currents , February no. 63 2010;

— Review of Seams of Gold Chris Cheng , 2007 single work children's fiction ; Krakatoa Lighthouse Allan Baillie , 2009 single work children's fiction ; The Most Beautiful Lantern Sally Heinrich , 2007 single work picture book ; Tomodachi : The Edge of the World Simon Higgins , 2007 single work novel ; Tales of the Otori Lian Hearn , 2002 series - author novel
Gillian Rubinstein : The Otori Trilogy 2005 single work column
— Appears in: ArtState , no. 7 2005; (p. 10)
Turning Japanese Stefen Brazulaitis , 2006 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August vol. 86 no. 2 2006; (p. 41)
Hearn Casts Her Net Wider Ronni Phillips , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 September 2007; (p. 13)
Fighting Legends Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 1 2008; (p. 74-75)
y separately published work icon "Surviving" Adolescence : Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Transformations In Young Adult Fiction Anna Whateley , Kelvin Grove : 2010 Z1761971 2010 single work thesis
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