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The new beginning-and the grand finale-to the beloved Tales of the Otori series.Heaven's Net Is Wide is the new first volume of the now complete Tales of the Otori- prequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, the book that first introduced Hearn's mythical, medieval Japanese world. This is the story of Lord Otori Shigeru-who has presided over the entire series as a sort of spThe new beginning-and the grand finale-to the beloved Tales of the Otori series.Heaven's Net Is Wide is the new first volume of the now complete Tales of the Otori- prequel to Across the Nightingale Floor, the book that first introduced Hearn's mythical, medieval Japanese world. This is the story of Lord Otori Shigeru-who has presided over the entire series as a sort of spiritual warrior-godfather-the man who saved Takeo and raised him as his own and heir to the Otori clan. This sweeping novel expands on what has been only hinted at before: Shigeru's training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord, his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins, the battles that tested his skills and talents, and his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama.Heaven's Net Is Wide is an epic tale of warfare, loyalty, love, and heartbreak. This book leaves off where Across the Nightingale Floor begins, finally bringing the Otori series full circle. And while it both completes and introduces the Tales of the Otori, it also stands on its own as a satisfying, dramatic novel of feudal Japan....

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ISBN : 9781594489532
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Number of Pages : 560 Pages
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Heaven's Net is Wide Reviews

  • Lata
    2019-01-04 08:59

    First book I've read by Lian Hearn, and it was a long one. I am not familiar with Japanese history, so I came to this only knowing that the author had done a lot of research for the period in which her story occurs: a period with a stratified society of warriors, farmers, merchants, and others. The warriors are held above all others in this society, and have a variety of codes they live by. This is a prequel for Hearn's "Tales of the Otori" series, with the main character being Shigeru. We follow him from his birth to his meeting of Tomasu, his nephew, many years later. There is a lot of political machinations within the Otori clan and between the Otori and the Tohan, a rival clan. Much happens over an eighteen-year span in the book, and there are many characters to keep track of; I confess, I referred to the genealogy trees on the author's website to keep the relationships straight.The whole story, while punctuated by betrayals and violence, has a calm feel, with quiet descriptions of gardens, and rain. There is also commentary about the warrior class' entitlement, their limitations/inability to imagine value in others, such as women, and the other classes. And about the impact of their plotting and fighting on their families and others.I'll probably be checking out the "Tales of the Otori" some day.

  • Alina
    2018-12-22 11:02

    I recommend this to be the first book read in the series (it is written last, but as a prequel to the other four).The story is beautiful, describing ancient Japan with its beautiful houses and gardens, samurais and their conduct codes, ninjas, Christians' persecutions; it has sword fights, love, treachery, friendship and very well developed characters, that you'll grow to like and take interest in their fate. “The best way is to be strong enough to make your enemy think twice about attacking you, yet not so aggressive that he feels threatened. Keep your sword sheathed as long as you can, but once it is unsheathed, use it without hesitation.”

  • Toby Anderson
    2019-01-20 17:08

    Absolutely awesome start/end of the best series of books i've ever read. there is no higher praise. Feudal japanese set tales of samurai, geisha, swords, blood, treachery, intrigue, and love. The complex, entertaining and beautiful history of the otori is finally finished with Heaven's Net is Wide - the last in the series and a prequel to the other books. This book is in third person like the recent and equally awesome Harsh Cry of the Heron, and unlike the original trilogy told from Otori Takeo's perspective. This is the story of Shigeru, Takeo's adoptive father/uncle and reveals the much wondered about events prior to the first book - the legendary battles and the real story of Shigeru's brother and tribe knowledge. all the character's that get little time in the trilogy are explored and personalised in this volume. It is awesomely written, moody and evocative, tranquil, yet gruesome in equal measure. It serves as an awesome way into the series and can be read first (as Hearn must now intend) as the book leads on to within 6 pages of the start of Across the Nightingale Floor. Alternatively it can be read last - like i read it - revealing the legendary events the other books are based on. there are one or two instances where it's prequel nature is apparent - sentences like - (name) who would go on to become suchandsuch in the near future. these originally made me think a first time reader should start with the trilogy but upon research i found that these types of sentences appear throughout the series. i now think it is a great place to start as Hearn now intends and should be on your reading list soon. incredible, atmospheric and complex. involving and entertaining - a book to treasure - there are so few this good. 10/10

  • Xander Jeanneret
    2019-01-01 10:50

    Okay, so I don't often do reviews of the books I read, but this is going to be an exception. This is the prequel of the series "The Tales of the Otori", and being a Japanophile I absolutely fell in love with this book. I anxiously await reading the rest of the series, but they are surprisingly hard to find (not at the local bookstores or in the Barnes & Noble at the Grove). The detail to which the author immerses you into the Japanese culture is astounding, and it wove in just enough fantasy to keep me hooked. I'm sad that the characters I became attached to are only to serve as backstory for the rest of the series, but am also excited to see where the story goes from here.Hearn really captures the emotional struggle that each class level in feudal Japan had to endure, from high-ranking men to women of the pleasure houses. The buildups to major events were exciting, and the shocking plot twists were hard to see coming (I especially loved the events leading to the death of one character, so. epic.). I know that as soon as I can find the rest of the series I will gobble them up.

  • Elizabetha
    2019-01-07 16:05

    Escrito para la reseña de mi blog El Mundo según Elizabetha con el mismo nombre AQUI :)Esta es la historia de Otori Shigeru. La historia de su ascenso y caída como jefe de su Clan, el más poderoso del País Medio.La Historia de de su rivalidad con Iida Sadamu,el poderoso y cruel Señor de la Guerra y de sus relaciones con la enigmática Tribu, una organización compuesta por hombre con poderes casi sobrenaturales. Esta es la historia de su determinación por no dejarse arrastrar por el amor, aun cuando acabe amando desesperadamente. Es la historia de su humíllate derrota y de cómo en ella encuentra la sabiduría necesaria para ser un héroe justo y el padre de su pueblo.Yo también quiero un pabellón de téAntes de comenzar mi reseña diré que cuando leí este libro y los que le siguen, en ningún momento pensé que se desarrollara en el Japón Feudal, como he visto que señalan otras críticas. Siempre pensé que era un país imaginario, inspirado en Japón, en sus costumbres, paisajes, de manera que cualquier inexactitud que tuviese la trama me dejaba sin cuidado.Para mí la lectura de esta historia ha sido una delicia. Me demoré en cada hoja perezosamente, disfrutando de cada descripción al máximo. Me sumergí en la trama que tan bien articula Lian Hearn y me dediqué a acompañar diligentemente a los personajes, los cuales ataban muy bien estructurados y eran coherentes en sus acciones y determinaciones. Se nota que este libro fue escrito al final de la serie, ya que en comparación con los que le siguen en orden cronológico, es una pequeña joyita. Su trama es envolvente, su vocabulario rico, sus descripciones totalmente evocadoras. Se nota la madurez de la escritora, tanto en la forma de escribir como en el ritmo de la narración, la construcción de sus personajes y la solidez del argumento, que para mi gusto, tiene muy pocas y perdonables fallas.Sobre todo lo que más me gustó y que me impresión gratamente es como describe los lugares, situaciones y estados de ánimos de los personajes. Utiliza una rica cantidad de metáforas, delicadas y a veces desgarradores descripciones de paisajes que te envuelven de tal manera que puedes presenciar con tus propios ojos los personajes con todo su boato, pobreza o sencillez y los entornos en que se desenvuelven. Especialmente amé la descripción del viaje por mar de Shigeru y los cuadros nocturnos con hermosas lunas y sonidos a veces embriagadores, otras cargados de presagios. Hacia mucho tiempo que no me enganchaba con un libro y fue tanto que una mañana que dormitaba con el libro sobre la almohada, soñé con los personajes y con Shigeru en batalla ataviado con una túnica negra y rosa, con el blasón de la garza. Imagínense cuando me habrá deleitado su lectura para logara una cosa así. No recuerdo que me hubiese pasado antes, o no fui consiente de ello. Nunca se sabe ya que imaginación es tan basta como fecunda.Por primera vez en mucho tiempo leí un libro sin identificarme con ningún personajes, lo cual fundamental para que lo apreciara más. Ver el conjunto sin ser parte de él le da a la narración un carácter holístico que yo siempre he apreciado en libros, series o películas.El romance de Naomi con Shigeru me gustó bastante y me rompió el corazón en varias oportunidades sobre todo hacia le final del libros, sobre todo porque yo sé en que termina con anticipación por haber leído el Suelo del Ruiseñor. No es mi culpa que la autora escribiera el comienzo de la serie al último. Si bien su amor me pareció repentino, y por ende un poco forzado, la justificación que se de de ello es lo suficientemente convincente como para que no reparara en ello. Créanme, es hermoso y triste, como a mí me gusta.Una de la cosas que fueron decisivas para que el libro se transformara en uno de mis favoritos del presente año es el uso que la autora hace, con acierto, de uno de los tópicos más comunes de las historias de venganza: el héroes que se esconde tras una apariencia pusilánime y débil. Es un lugar común, pero explotada de una manera inteligente. Amo es prototipo, quizás porque leí muy pequeña Pimpinela escarlata y vi las películas del Zorro con entusiasmo.Creo que un punto destacable es como se representa a las mujeres, no sólo con objetos de deseo y posesión, sino como personas que toman sus propias decisiones, que buscan la forma de decidir su vida y sobrevivir a la dominación masculina. Desde es punto de vista cada una de ellas, representa una cualidad o característica determinada, como el valor, la obstinación ,le orgullo, la pasión, el poder o la ambición. Mi favoritas fueron la señora Naomi y Shizuka, miembro de la tribu. Siempre he preferido los personajes femeninos fuertes y disididos, aunque no sean buenos en el sentido convencional.También me gustó muchísimo como trata y utiliza las leyendas y creencias. Tanto en el caso de Los Ocultos como de las tradiciones referentes al Iluminado. Especialmente amé las historias de fantasmas, como la de la niña que se casó con la muerte, o la del cantero cuyo espíritu protegía el puente que en vida había construidos.En fin ¿qué mas puedo decirles? La red del cielo es amplia es una excelente obra y si quieren leer alguna parte de esta saga, la leyenda de los Otori, busquen este libro. Los siguientes son pobres intentos de contar una excelente historia de forma precaria y básica. Leí el primero y el segundo, pero aun no puedo sobrevivir el tercero y no sé si alguna vez lo logre. Ojalá pueda hacerlo ya que tengo el presentimiento de que le cuarto puede ser más o menos como el que estoy reseñando ahora. Y si van a comenzar la serie, empiecen con este, Creo que los libros posteriores se beneficiaran de este magnífico comienzo.Finalmente, sólo me resta decir que es una historia de conocimiento, superación y humildad que si bien es dura, no es para nada frustrante. Los personajes crecen a través de las dichas y dificultades y después de todo ¿no es eso la vida? y ¿ no son los libros un reflejo de ésta?Curiosidad 1 Integré una nueva palabra a mi vocabulario: veranda , que no es lo mismo que baranda, como yo creía. Según al RAE es (Del ingl. de la India verandah, y este del hindi varandā). f. Galería, porche o mirador de un edificio o jardín.Si vas a leer este libro, te conviene aprenderla ya que sal por lo menos una vez cada dos hojas.Curiosidad 2 Shigeru tiene una esposa llamada Moe Yagani, cada vez que veía su nombre me acodaba del cantinero de los Simpsons xD!Frases interesantes:"La noche se vino encima. El viejo edificio estaba pleno de repleto de sonidos extraños, como si numerosos fantasmas conversaran con voces chirriantes, con la boca llena de polvo" P.421"Lo que se oculta a los ojos del mundo aumenta en fortaleza y valor"- Naomi Muruyama, p.422"Los hombres no pueden saber el resultado de sus acciones, porque no tienen en cuenta el corazón humano"- Shizuka, p.524Lizclasificación

  • Alexa Ayana
    2019-01-04 12:47

    PROLOG YANG SUPER TEBAL. Sosok Lord Otori Shigeru sangat berperan dalam kehidupan Takeo, hero utama seri ini. Tak di sangka setelah jeda bertahun-tahun lamanya si penulis akhirnya menuliskan kisah hidup Lord yang sangat kharismatik ini.Kesan pertama dari novel ini adalah tebalnya yang mengintimidasi, 789 halaman. Sayangnya buku setebal ini seharusnya bisa di ringkas menjadi lebih tipis. Perjalanan hidup Shigeru menarik dari awal sampai pertengahan buku. Tapi lewat dari itu semua bab-bab penuh kesabaran pria ini bisa di ringkas dalam 1-2 alinea saja. Aksi laga dan perang yang di tunggu-tunggu hanya muncul dalam sekejab mata. Intrik antar klan dan pembalasan dendam yang di nantikan, tak pernah muncul sampai akhir. Sisi kehidupan asmara, filsafat pengendalian diri dan minat berkebun Shigeru justru mendapat banyak pembahasan. Buku ini memberi sedikit gambaran tentang hubungan kekerabatan antara Shigeru dan Takeo yang tampak random di buku 1-2-3-4. Benang merah antara Otori dan Tribe juga dijelaskan di sini walau dalam porsi minimalis. Sejujurnya aku berharap lebih dari buku ini dari sekadar bacaan obat kangen pada seri ini.

  • Indah
    2018-12-29 15:43

    Kesetiaan untuk Sang BangauJudul : Heaven’s Net Is WidePenulis : Lian HearnPenerjemah : Meithya Rose PrasetyaPenyunting : Lulu Fitri RahmanTata Letak : MABPenerbit : PT MatahatiTebal : 786 halamanCetakan : November 2009Kategori : Novel terjemahan/historical EpicBerseting masa feodal Jepang, tentang keluarga ksatria seperti : Klan Otori (Negeri Tengah ; kota kastil : Hagi), Klan Seishuu (Persekutuan dari beberapa keluarga tua di Negeri Barat; kota kastil utama : Kumamoto dan Maruyama), Klan Tohan (Negeri Timur; kota kastil : Inuyama), Tribe, dan Hidden.Tokoh utama dalam buku ini : Otori Shigeru (pewaris klan Otori), Matsuda Shingen (guru Otori Shigeru, mantan pendekar, kepala biara di Terayama), Akane (pelacur terkenal, putri seorang tukang batu), Mori Kiyoshige (sahabat Shigeru), Maruyama Naomi (pemimpin klan Maruyama), Arai Daiichi (pewaris klan Arai di Kumamoto), Iida Sadamu (pewaris klan Tohan, sekaligus musuh bebuyutan Otori Shigeru), Muto Shizuka ( Tribe, kekasih simpanan Arai), Muto Kenji (Ketua Keluarga Muto, sahabat Shigeru), dan Tomasu (Hidden).Sinopsis :Otori Shigeru, lahir dan dibesarkan dalam keluarga yang mengagungkan kesetiaan dan kehormatan. Shigeru menyaksikan sendiri bagaimana pengkhianatan bertanggung jawab atas kematian ribuan ksatria Otori dan penurunan posisinya sebagai pewaris klan.Shigeru menemukan kekuatan dalam pelatihan yang diberikan gurunya, Matsuda Shingen, hubungannya dengan nama-nama misterius Tribe, berbagai pertempuran yang menguji kemampuannya, dan pertemuannya dengan Lady Maruyama, yang hidupnya juga telah dihancurkan oleh musuh besar Otori, Klan Tohan.Ulasan :Cinta, kesetiaan, kehormatan, perebutan kekuasaan, pengkhiatan, dan pembunuhan, merupakan hal yang selalu ada dalam kisah-kisah ksatria, seperti novel Heaven’s Net Is Wide ini.Novel karya penulis wanita Lian Hearn, setebal 786 halaman, merupakan prekuel dari kisah Klan Otori lainnya, yang sudah lebih dulu sukses, seperti Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for His Pillow, Brilliance of The Moon, dan The Harsh Cry of the Heron.Dalam novel ini, pembaca dibawa menelusuri kisah kehidupan Otori Shigeru, sebelum menyelamatkan Takeo, pewaris klan Otori selanjutnya.Diceritakan pula bagaimana terjadinya hubungan antara Lady Maruyama dan Otori Shigeru. Wanita-wanita yang berperan dalam kehidupan Shigeru, terutama wanita yang menjadi penyelamatnya dari bencana.Meski alur cerita terasa lamban di bab-bab pertama, karena fokus cerita lebih mengarah pada proses pendewasaan Shigeru dan pembelajaran yang diterima Shigeru dari Matsuda Shingen, namun pada bab pertengahan, kisah Shigeru mulai mendebarkan.Dikisahkan bagaimana Shigeru kehilangan satu persatu orang yang dikasihi dan dicintainya, bagaimana Shigeru kehilangan hak warisnya, dan harus mengikhlaskan diri, Otori dipimpin paman-paman tirinya yang pengkhianat dan pengecut, serta keteguhan dan keyakinannya, akan mampu menghancurkan musuh utamanya, Iida Sadamu.Hal yang disukai dari novel Heaven’s Net Is Wide ini, adalah penjelasan tentang klan-klan tokoh cerita dan anggota-anggota keluarga, sahabat, pendukung klan, serta wilayah-wilayah kekuasaannya, sehingga mempermudah pembaca mengikuti jalan cerita.Juga tentang kelompok Tribe, yang memiliki keahlian khusus, serta kelompok Hidden, yang merupakan kelompok pemeluk agama Nasrani. Selain itu, terlepas dari penulisnya adalah seorang wanita, peran wanita dalam cerita ini cukup mendominasi, bukan hanya sebagai pelengkap cerita.

  • Dan
    2019-01-12 15:48

    This is so sad, and very disapointing.I have loved this entire series, even more by the fact that I feel like I happened upon it myself years ago and how it seems to have a small audience. You know how it is when you have a favorite book or movie thatyou don't think anyone else knows about about but you, and that it seems made for you? That was how it was for me and the Tales of the Otori series. This book, technically the fifth in the series but written as the "first", is presumably the last book and I hope so. I was fine with the original four in the "trilogy". To be fair, I gave this book several chances. Of the 480-odd pages, I made it just past 230 - almost half way through. I add that as a disclaimer, because by this point in every other title in the series I was hooked and wanted to call out of work to keep reading. It's such a wonderful world to be in. So far in this title, we've seen a lot of banal political machinations and TONS of unrequited love. This book could easily be shelved in the romance section for all it's dwellings on Shiegru, his mistress, and his wife. That's not to say that the other titles were lacking on romance (they actually thrived on it at times), but it was broken up with bits about The Tribe and other more interesting fantasy elements. They've barely touched upon that here. It seems, at the point I had reached, they are just now introducing elements and characters that would play out in the other four books, and even knowing that, I still don't care. When it feels like it's a chore to force yourself to pick up a book and continue reading it, it's maybe time to stop. And I have. However, I have not completely abandoned it. I do plan on popping in a reading some chapters here and there, just in case (mostly because so many of the other reviews on here about the title seem to overwhelmingly positive - I have not been reading the same book thus far!) I'll update if it changes my opinion any.

  • Matt Barker
    2018-12-29 16:07

    Publisher's SummaryAs Tolkien's The Silmarillion is to The Lord of the Rings, Liam Hearn's Heaven's Net Is Wide is to Tales of the Otori. This is the back story fans have been yearning for.Set before the Tales begin, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales. The first four volumes gave us only glimpses. Now we are treated to rich detail and more of Hearn's fantastical Japanese world.Gripping and bewitching, Heaven's Net is a new beginning and a grand finale; a story of monumental battles, supreme loyalty, triumphant love, and heartbreak. It ends just before Across the Nightingale Floor begins, bringing the Otori epic full circle.

  • Durand D'souza
    2019-01-06 13:43

    It had been a long time since I had read Harsh Cry of the Heron and I couldn't really remember the characters or the plot very well, however as this was a prequel, I really had no excuses to not read it. Lian Hearn did a brilliant job with this book and it is definitely my favourite Tales of the Otori book, even though it is not part of the original series. I would absolutely love it if there was a sequel to this from the perspective of Shigeru but that is clearly not possible. After reading this book, I had to order the previous four off amazon (for only £12) for a re-read!

  • Weni
    2018-12-26 09:10

    Saya suka kisah2 Jepang masa lalu.Saya suka Kisah Klan Otori.Saya suka Otori Shigeru sejak saya membaca Across the Nightingale Floor. Titik.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-10 09:06

    i can't decide if it would be better to read this as the first book in the series or the last cos i want to read Across the Nightingale Floor all over again! I'm officially putting this series on my list of favorites 😍😍😍

  • Indri Juwono
    2019-01-04 10:50

    #2010-6# hadiah dari luluKembali ke titik awal. Kembali ke awal pertempuran. Kisah Klan Otori jilid 0. Ketika saga ini akan dibuat prequelnya, aku sempat berpikir. Bagaimana kita bisa menikmati cerita, padahal kita sudah tahu akhirnya. Mungkin jadinya akan seperti baca buku sejarah? Tapi ini kan novel seri.. Buku ini jadi awalan, dan menjawab banyak pertanyaan yang mungkin timbul dari buku 1-4. Kalau di serial Harry Potter ada orangtua atau Pensieve yang bisa menjelaskan masa lalu dan sebab kejadian, di serial ini tidak ada. Mungkin ini sebabnya kisah ini ditulis.. Menceritakan dari sisi Otori Shigeru, satu sosok bangsawan yang sangat memberikan jiwa kisah saga ini di buku 1-4. Bagaimana Shigeru melalui masa kecilnya? Pengalaman-pengalamanapa saja yang membentuk pribadinya? Bagaimana keseharian Otori Takeshi? Kenapa Iida Sadamu sangat membenci Shigeru? Apa latar belakang Shizuka, gadis Tribe yang menjadi selir Arai Daichii? Siapa Maruyama Naomi sebenarnya? Bagaimana ayah Takeo yang Tribe mati? Kenapa paman-paman Shigeru sangat berpengaruh? Siapa yang memberikan rahasia sejarah Tribe? Bagaimana persahabatan Shigeru dengan Muto Kenji? Perjalanannya keliling Negeri Tengah digambarkannya dengan apik, plot yang halus, runut, paparan yang menjelaskan kejadian. Tidak terlalu banyak adegan peperangan, namun banyak kejadian2 kecil yang membuktikan kepiawaian Shigeru dalam mengayun pedang, buah ajaran Matsuda Shingen. Shigeru pula yang penuh kasih, selalu menolak apabila ada anggota klannya yang akan melakukan harakiri. Keputusannya selalu diimbangi dengan permintaan setia dari klannya. Hanya sayang, buku ini tidak menjelaskan lebih lanjut tentang Nightidale Floor, lantai bernyanyi di istana Iida, yang diketahui lebih dulu oleh Lady Maruyama. Walau sudah tahu akhir dari tokoh-tokoh utama, tapi tetap rantai cerita kisah ini harus berawal di sini.****entirely amazing!!

  • Robin Bourgeous
    2019-01-13 10:00

    I loved all of the books in The Tale of the Otori. I read Across the Nightingale Floor first by accident. At least I didn't know it was part of a series and was fascinated with the story. Got the downloads from Audible for the entire series and was immersed in the Tale for days. They brought to life the beauty, subtlety, intrigue and brutality of Japanese culture in that era. It's something that needs to be given full reign over the imagination to appreciate and get a glimmer of understanding of how the harshness of life at that time made the smallest and simplest things so precious, elegant and beautiful. The characters were believable:full of courage, knowing that wit and action were the only means of staying alive. Yet, subtlety was the sharpest weapon of all, constantly searching and sifting for duplicity in every word and action for a trap that might spring or blow that might fall. All the while carefully masking all evidence of one's vigilance for traces of another's treachery. Inevitable betrayal results due to the need for alliances to achieve and maintain power. Greed overcomes all, but the philosophical insights posed by the culture of the story and characters is well worth the read, told with subtlety and a liberal dose of fantasy interwoven by the Tribe. Fascinating and insightful reading if you take the time to immerse yourself and engage.

  • Bondama
    2018-12-27 10:05

    There is a feeling that comes when one finds a new book by a favorite author that is indescribable. When I saw that there was a prequel to the Tales of the Otori, I simply felt truly joyous. There has never been a tremendous amount of writing about the "Far East" -- but Hearn's tales of the Otori are in a class by themselves.Lian Hearn writes of what is basically a fantastic version of an unspecified period of time in Japanese history that, honestly, not a lot of people are familiar with, other than scholars. There is one book that will remain one of my all-time favorites, by David Mitchell, called The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet that is the opposite of Hearn's, basically because the heart of the book is based on actual history of the Chrysanthemum Kingdom. But Hearn, in his Japan of the Tribe, and the Hidden (who appear to be Christians of a sort) - has virtually no hint of real historical fact, but his medieval Japan is a mighty engrossing, fascinating world. I most wholeheartedly recommend ANY if the Otori tales -- walking through a new world is an experience that does not come frequently.

  • Reina
    2018-12-21 15:42

    Took me almost 6 weeks to finish this.Once you've read a trilogy and its final part in the 4th book, it's very hard, at least for me to have to read the 5th book as the 'prequel'.Seeing as I already knew how it's going to play out, the motivation wasn't really there to dip into this story as often as i have done with the previous four books.It was a lovely insight into Shigeru's upbringing and past, which led him to begin his quest in 'Across the Nightingale Floor' (Book 1)However if I had a choice, or had known properly, I’d have read it in this order:1,2,3,5(prequel) and then 4 (16 years later after trilogy), just to give me something to look forward to and see the end result of the entire story :)

  • Pamela
    2018-12-28 11:09

    I bought this in London for Alex to read (teen literature section)- and ended up reading it myself. The author is a British author who developed a facination with early Japan. Hers is a fictional world of 3 Japanese warrior clans a tribe with valueable skills (hired as spies and assasins) and a hidden group with alternative religious views. I like the story and the writing. At times it seemed a bit slow, but the characters are strong and well developed with beliefs and actions that tie them closely to their time and fictional world. She had a four part series about the world of the "Otori" and this particular book is a prequal to that series. In the end, I did want to read more, and I think I'll start on the first book. "Across the Nightingale Floor"

  • Sara
    2019-01-03 14:51

    This book is a redemption in my eyes. It is the prequel but it was written after The Harsh Cry of the Heron which disturbed me. It's been a while since I read the last book in this series, but I distinctly remember thinking this is over the top. I don't care about Takeru's daughters.... I should probably give it another read, but I'm here to say that whatever the reason for the bad taste left in my mouth after Harsh Cry, all is as it should be now. I'm going to pretend that last book didn't happen. poop on it... until I read it again and then maybe I'll reconsider. I do love this author, though.

  • James
    2019-01-02 10:44

    This might be the worst book I have ever read...and that is really saying something. If your going to write a book about ancient samurais, magical assassins, and kingdoms at war maybe just maybe make the climatic book altering battle scene longer than 1 page. The rest of the time is spent reading robotic, sappy, and repetitive dialogue between characters you quickly lose track of since everyone acts exactly the same. And in the end its really a thinly disguised book about Christianity and how much better that way of life is than having sword fights and moving the plot forward.00000001 stars

  • Donna
    2019-01-18 15:06

    This book was recommended by a dear friend of mine. And I totally fell in love with it. I love that it spans a family dynasty and many years. the writing and description of Japan is breath taking. Makes you feel like you are there with the characters. Can't wait to read the next books in the series!

  • Jeff Yoak
    2019-01-03 13:46

    This was just too hard to stay connected to the characters in audio, and I gave up. That was sad, because I really liked the voice used by the author in telling the story. It is unreasonable to hope that I'd get to this before all the other things that didn't work in audio, but that I suspect might be good, but it qualifies as a candidate for that.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-01-08 14:02

    As other reviewers have mentionned, I'm really glad I read this after Harsh cry of the heron, which was a very disapointing conclusion to a fantastic series. Heaven's net is wide is the prequel to the series and I enjoyed very much. It is the perfect beginning/end for the wonderful Tales of the Otori.

  • Dorothy
    2019-01-06 10:55

    The new beginning-and the grand finale-to the beloved Tales of the Otori series.Very good. Set in Eastern feudal island resembling Japan, with brutal warlords, a little magic, romance and lost love. Beautiful and tragic.

  • Walter Proof
    2018-12-25 10:10

    Dans la lignée des 4 précédents tomes, un "prequel" façon Star Wars : le dernier épisode est le premier !Peut-être Lian Hearn a-t-elle un peu de mal à se renouveler, on retrouve les mêmes techniques scénaristiques, la même façon de raconter, mais après tout, si on aime ça, pourquoi pas !

  • Nadya
    2019-01-15 11:04

    Segera terbit di Indonesia!!! :D

  • Jana
    2019-01-21 09:46

    Couldn't get into it :/

  • Indah Threez Lestari
    2019-01-16 13:41

    1024 - 2014

  • Βασιλική Μπούζα
    2018-12-29 12:03

    Αγαπητοί αναγνώστες θα ταξιδέψουμε με αρωγό την φαντασία στην Χώρα του Ανατέλλοντος Ηλίου, καθώς ένα μεσαιωνικό παραμύθι ξετυλίγεται με άριστη περιγραφική ικανότητα από την Βρετανό Αυστραλή πένα της συγγραφέως Λίαν Χέρν (Γκίλιαν Ρουμπιστάιν) . Σε έναν μυθοπλαστικό κόσμο, αντίγραφο της της λαογραφικής παράδοσης της Ιαπωνίας, θα κρυφτούμε σε αιωνόβια δάση για να ανακαλύψουμε τα μυστικά της “Φυλής”, και από απόκρημνους γκρεμούς θα βουτήξουμε στα κρυστάλλινα νερά του νησιωτικού συμπλέγματος της. Στην αυλή του αυτοκράτορα θα περιηγηθούμε κάτω από τους τα δροσερά φυλλώματα των ανθισμένων κερασιών και θα ανακαλύψουμε τον κώδικα τιμής των "Σαμουράι" μπρος τις μηχανορραφίες των κακόβουλων ηγετών των τριών Χωρών.Λίγο πριν πούμε καληνύχτα βιώνοντας το αρχέγονο μυστήριο του έρωτα στα σπίτια της χαράς , θα βαδίσουμε στο πάτωμα των αηδονιών και θα γευτούμε την μαγεία του σεληνόφωτος να βυθίζεται στις λιμνούλες των πάρκων, πάνω από την νυχτοφιλημένη καστροπολιτεία. Το Δίχτυ του Ουρανού είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο της παγκοσμίου best seller επιτυχημένης λογοτεχνικής σειράς ”Μύθοι των Οτόρι" και αποτελεί την προϊστορία (prequel) του Tακέο και της Καεντέ. Σαν εκδοτικό φαινόμενο έκανε πάνω από 4 εκατομμύρια πωλήσεις και μεταφράστηκε σε 36 χώρες! Αγαπήθηκε από το αναγνωστικό κοινό σε σημείο φρενίτιδας μιας και μαγνητίζει το ενδιαφέρον του εφηβικού κοινού αλλά και κερδίζει το σεβασμό των ενηλίκων. Μέσα από τις σελίδες του, η συγγραφέας συνθέτει με με ζωηρά αφηγηματικά και περιγραφικά χρώματα την πιο κομψοτέχνη πλοκή σε ηρωικό υπόβαθρο καμβά που εξυμνεί τα ήθη, έθιμα και της παραδόσεις της μεσαιωνικής Ιαπωνίας.Eμβαθύνοντας στο κείμενο: Οι πρώτες σελίδες του βιβλίου εισάγουν τον αναγνώστη στον απόκρυφο κόσμο της Φυλής, μέσω της μονομαχίας Ισάμου - Κοτάρο Κικούτα .Άτομα με ιδιαίτερες ικανότητες κατά κόσμο υπερφυσικές, αποτελούν τον πυρήνα των μυστικών εκτελεστικών οργάνων των τριών χωρών. Η γραμμή αίματος και υπακοή στους κανόνες είναι ανδιαφισβήτητη,ενώ η τιμωρία είναι "Θάνατος". Στην συνέχεια γίνεται σκιαγράφηση των ορίων των φέουδων(Οτόρι,Τοχάν,Σεϊσού) καθώς και εμβάθυνση στην ζωή ζωή του Άρχοντα Σιγκέρου , (Πολέμαρχο Άρχοντα Οτόρι έως ) από την παιδική ηλικία έως την συνάντηση με τον Τομάσου (Τακέο) πολλά χρόνια αργότερα . H αδελφική αγάπη είναι ένα από τα κύρια χαρακτηριστικό του πρώτου συγγραφικού έργου και επιβεβαιώνεται με τον επίλογο του. Ένα μοιραίο παιδικό παιχνίδι καταλήγει σε θάνατο.Απο τις κινήσεις των δευτερευόντων χαρακτήρων (Μόρι Γιουσούκε -Κιγιοσίγκε) η συγγραφέας μας ενστερνίζει τον κώδικα τιμής των σαμουράι (Boushido). Tην πίστη ,αφοσίωση και ανιδιοτελή αυτοθυσία . Το να είσαι διάδοχος της φατριάς συνιστά αρετές όπως :ευγενή μόρφωση, γενναιότητα και δικαιοσύνη. Αυτοπειθαρχία και αυτοκυριαρχία. Πέρα από την άριστη στρατιωτική εκπαίδευση ο Σιγκέρου καλείται να ταξιδέψει μεταμφιεσμένος στην Τεραγιάμα για να οξύνει την πνευματική κρίση μέσω μοναστηριακής εκπαίδευσης αλλά την τέχνη του μυθικού σπαθιού Τζάτο από τον καλόγηρο Ματσούνα. Ζώντας στα περίχωρα, βιώνοντας την καθημερινότητα των κατοίκων και ερχόμενος σε επαφή με τους διαχειριστές των πόλεων (Κοτάρο-Νογκούτσι) ο Σιγκέρου αντιμετωπίζει διαφορετικές αντιλήψεις και απόψεις με αποτέλεσμα να έχει αμφιβολίες για την αφοσίωση τους στην φατρία των Οτόρι. Οι προκλήσεις των Τοχάν καταλήγουν με επιθέσεις στις ανατολικές περιοχές της κυριαρχίας των οτόρι.Θρίνος, κι οδυρμός.Κατεστραμένα χωριά και κατακερματισμένες ψυχές είναι τα αποτελέσματα των αποτρόπαιων σφαγών. Χάρη στην νεανική ορμή και εφαρμογή των αρχών του δικαίου ο Σιγκέρου σε μια εξόρμηση στις σκοτεινές καταβόθρες κερδίζει το μίσος του κληρονόμου της φατριάς Ιίντα Σαντάμου και οι τρεις χώρες παγιδεύονται σε πόλεμο. Σύντομα οι αρχηγοί των φατριών αναζητούν συμμάχους ακόμη ανάμεσα στα μέλη - δολοφόνους της Φυλής. Γίνετε εμφάνιση των Αφανών , μια υποτυπώδους κοινότητας με χριστιανικό χαρακτήρα της οποίας τα μέλη της παλεύουν να ξεφύγουν τον μεσαιωνικό σκότος(ατέρμονης μετενσάρκωσης) και τις δοξασίες του Πεφωτισμένου. Παλιές φιλίες αναθερμαίνονται αν και δυστυχώς κάποιοι σύντροφοι αποδεικνύονται αναξιόπιστοι. Η μια συνάντηση επακολουθεί την άλλη ,στρατηγικά σχέδια ξετυλίγονται, κανείς δεν μπορεί να αναγνωρίσει το πραγματικό εχθρό. Η προδοσία στην Γεγκαχαρα έχει τραγικές απώλειες..Κτηνωδία και πόνος..! Οι Οτόρι βυθίζονται στην θλίψη και το αδυσώπητο πένθος ... Απογοητευμένος ο Σιγκέρου παραμένει στο υπόβαθρο και ξεκινά ένα πλάνο διαπραγματεύσεων. Καθώς τα χρόνια περνούν ,η υπομονή είναι η βασική αρετή για την επούλωση των πληγών και την άνθιση της ελπίδας για επανάσταση εναντίον των Τοχάν. Ένα άλλο μεγάλο θέμα που θίγεται , είναι η θέση της γυναίκας ως προς την κοινωνική ιεραρχία ,αλλά και ως σύζηγο,ερωμένη και μητέρα : Από την τραγική ιστορία του πρωτομάστορα , πατέρα της Ακανέ (κουρτεζάνα) που επέλεξε να συμμετάσχει στο δυναμικό του σπιτιού με τις καμέλιες εκμεταλλεύοντας την εύθραυστη νεανική ομορφιά και την λατρεία γαι τις τέχνες τον θυελλώδη έρωτα με τον άρχοντα των Οτόρι, που ανάμεσα στην λογική και το πάθος οδήγησε στην αθέμιτη προδοσία την δραματική κατάληξη.. Την αποξενωμένη γυναίκα του Σιγκέρου...Γιάναγκι Μόε, μπλεγμένη στο λαβύρινθο της υποχρέωσης απέναντι στη φατριά, το άγχος για ερωτική κορύφωση αλλά και την γέννα υγιέστατων απογόνων . Την δυναμική Αρχόντισσα των ΣεΪσού, Ναόμι Μαρουγιάμμα που αποτελεί έρμαιο στα μεγαλεπήβολα σχέδια των αφεντάδων, αλλά βάλσαμο στις πληγές του Συγκέρου ύστερα από τον κατακερματισμό στην Γεγκαχάρα και το προσωπικό οικογενειακό δράμα. Στυλοβάτης στην αναμονή και την πορεία μέχρι το άνθος της επανάστασης του ερωδιού στα παλάτι του Ιίντα θυσιάζοντας ακόμη και τον καρπό του ερωτά της.Η δίψα για δικαιοσύνη και απελευθέρωση από τον ζυγό των Τοχάν δεν αργεί να έρθει,καθώς η Λίαν Χέρν μας παρουσιάζει αριστοτεχνικά μέσα από τα επόμενα βιβλία ένα ανατρεπτικό σαγκά με συναρπαστική πλοκή και καταιγιστική δράση. Μια υπέροχη ιστορία έρωτα και γενναιότητας, γεμάτη ανατροπές και εκπλήξεις. Οι λεπτομερείς περιγραφές, οι ζωηρές παρομοιώσεις, οι λεπτεπίλεπτες μεταφορές, τα δυνατά λογοτεχνικά σχήματα και κρυστάλλινος λόγος μαγνητίζουν τον αναγνώστη από την πρώτη στιγμή, κάνοντας τον να χαθεί ψυχή και σώμα στους δαιδαλώδεις διάδρομους του ατμοσφαιρικού έπους . Ένα βιβλίο για αργούς αναγνώστες, οι οποίοι θέλουν να απολαύσουν τα ασιατικά αλλά απαράμιλλης ομορφιάς τοπία και να βιώσουν θριαμβευτικά την κάθε στιγμή σαν αναπόσπαστο κομμάτι της ιστορίας..Bασιλική Μπούζα

  • Marie-Laurence
    2018-12-22 11:57

    Otori Shigeru was my favorite character when I read Tales of the Otori, and so I was excited to read a book that focused on him. (As a side note, I feel like this must be read only after the 3 main books, seeing as it somehow spoils some things and others are only interesting or satisfying to read about because of what happens next.)However, I did not much enjoy the first half of this book - probably because at this point Shigeru isn't yet the character I love but a boy who wants to have sex with women can't imagine people not having sex with women has much desire for women and did I mention he wants to have sex with women ? ughThe second half was better, but this is a book that feels a bit strange, maybe not rushed exactly but, well, like a prequel that tries to have all the things that become significant in the main trilogy and I felt that because of this scenes and chapters didn't always flow naturally. I'm also a little uncomfortable with the weird Christian propaganda but maybe that's just me.Overall it was a rather enjoyable read but I'm mainly eager to read the main trilogy again.

  • Douglas Debner
    2018-12-28 12:47

    This book is a 560 page (14 CD) prequel to a 305 page(8 CD) book that fails to tell a complete story. So, in short, it is an introduction to a story that is twice as long as the story itself. It is very well written but should only be read if you are so enamored of the actual story so much that you want 560 pages of set up. Personally I despise books that lack any kind of resolution, which this one does. It doesn’t even pretend to be anything other than a 560 page introduction by providing some kind of scene at the end to give the forgiving reader something to latch onto. Lord Ortori learns of a person, decides this is the person he has been waiting for, goes and gets this person and then “Heaven’s Net is Wide” ends with the opening scene of “Across the Nightingale Floor”.I truly hate books that fail to tell a complete story but this book really is well written. So, three stars. If this book actually had an ending it would rate five stars.