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A beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth. Filled with adventure and surprising twists of plot and fortune, this final volume travels beyond the Three Countries, to the outsidA beautiful, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, this thrilling follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complex loyalties that bind its characters from birth. Filled with adventure and surprising twists of plot and fortune, this final volume travels beyond the Three Countries, to the outside influences that threaten to intrude upon this isolated realm. ...

Title : Brilliance of the Moon
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ISBN : 9781594480867
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Number of Pages : 346 Pages
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Brilliance of the Moon Reviews

  • Alina
    2019-01-03 12:31

    A great series about ancient Japan with its samurais and their conduct codes, ninja-like fighters, Christians' persecutions; it has political scheming, interesting turnabouts, intriguing liaisons between characters, sword fights, love, treachery, friendship.The characters are well-developed, complex, with inner turmoil and weaknesses.“You should never despise people because they haven’t had your opportunities.”

  • Vaso
    2019-01-12 14:18

    Very interesting and nice story!!!!

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-30 09:31

    The stories take place in a fantasy world based on ancient Japan. The stories follow a boy, Takeo, as he is thrust into a warrior-based society after his family is slaughtered. It also follows the tale of Kaede, a beautiful, but cursed girl who becomes the love and passion of Takeo's life.The stories are derivative of many boy-hero books, you'll see hints of Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars if you look carefully enough. While the book relies heavily on this style, it doesn't take away from the fact it remains a good and delicious adventure of a read.The story ends up being not as predictable as it seems on the surface. Just when you think you know what's about to happen, things will pop up to throw you for a loop and keep the books in your hands. Be warned, these are impossible books to put down. The prose is light and breezy, but the story is heavy. There are things that happen in these books that will rattle around in your head for days.I only had a few complaints about the books. Many times the symbolism was extremely easy to pick up on. I also found several of the passages, mostly dealing with the sexual encounters of the characters to be unnecessary or just painful to read. Then again, I've rarely found a prose description of sex to be anything other than forced and awkward sounding. This book, unfortunately, was no exception.But barring those minor complaints, these books were *good* Go out and read them.

  • Karlo
    2018-12-22 14:33

    Having purchased all five books on the strength of the first, I am at a crossroads. This book delivered the lyrical, descriptive language that I found so enchanting in Book 1, and it also provided some plot twists that kept me on my toes. Where I felt it faltered was in the resolution of the story; which seemed to get wrapped up in what seemed like 15-20 pages or so. The denouement was even less palatable, with a fell of "and 20 years later...." ***SPOILER ALERT: The pivotal role that the pirates and their lone musket play in the plot felt quickly inserted and somewhat deus ex machina to me SPOILER ENDS***Lastly, I felt that Hearn's language failed me in two ways; her descriptions of the earthquakes that so strongly impact the characters and plot, and her descriptions of battle / fighting. Both left me struggling to visualize what was happening. Having read the first 3, I'll read the remaining 2 books, but with greater reservation. YMMV

  • Petros
    2018-12-29 10:17

    Up until the middle of the third book, the plot was an almost uneventful build up towards the final showdown. Takeo was traveling around and gathering various factions to his side. He was also winning in skirmishes by using field tactics, which don’t really count as intelligent since his enemies were idiots who fell for the most obvious traps. Characterization took a nosedive as this point, since the enemy warlords turned into one dimensional madmen who love to kill and torture peasants for fun, while the noble samurai faction has no problem to accept pirates and exiles to its army, even if it makes them look dishonorable. For people who are gutting themselves when they lose their honor, this made no sense. In the second half, things get more interesting, since the evil Arai also gets smart. He uses Kaede’s relatives as bait to capture her, and then uses her as bait to capture Takeo. This is the darkest moment for the protagonist, since he needs to compromise, execute his own allies, and hand over his armies as means to stay alive. This right here could have been the point where we get a cool story about having to work for your worst enemy and perhaps slowly destroying him from within his own hierarchy. And then everything goes to hell because the author had no idea what to do with her own story and threw in a Deus Ex Machina to wrap up everything in a hurry. Remember how Takeo is destined to win in the end no matter what because of a prophesy? Well, guess what, an earthquake strikes out of nowhere which magically fixes everything. The enemy army gets devastated, while leaving Takeo’s army unaffected. The traitors get stranded and killed off easily. The evil feudal lord’s house is set on fire with him burning alive, and Kaede conveniently escaping in the chaos. Even the dozens of women and children Takeo had captured by the enemy ranks and was forced to execute as traitors, were conveniently killed by falling debris. He didn’t even need to do a horrible act and face the consequences of his actions; the earthquake resolved everything for him. This is exactly why I keep saying destiny is a terrible plot device that everybody is using for lazy resolutions ( Whatever the characters are doing does not matter because the ending is fixed and needs to happen no matter how stupid the method is going to be.Anyways, we get a forced happy ending with Takeo wiping out the evil warlords and uniting the land, as the prophesy foretold. But wait, that’s not the ending because there is a fourth book were the other part of the prophesy needs to be fulfilled as well. You know, the one where his own son is the one who kills him. Let me spare you the disappointment by telling you it’s not worth it at all.

  • Jodie
    2019-01-11 16:35

    This is a trilogy that has been sat on my shelves for years. I read Across the Nightingale Floor when I was a teenager, I can’t remember when I read it first but I then bought the sequel Grass For His Pillow straight after and I never finished it. Then, much much later, I found the third and final book in a charity shop and bought Brilliance of the Moon. Again I tried to reread the series but never finished. I made it my mission this year to do it. I was not putting it off again. So I decided to marathon it. No excuses.It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the series. In fact, it was the opposite – I loved this series. I think why I never finished it the first time round was how many characters there were. Every time I picked up the next book it was like trying to reremember everything. It is definitely a trilogy to marathon.The story focuses on Takeo, an orphan boy from a remote village in a fictional world with similarities to Feudal Japan. He is adopted by Lord Otori from the Warrior Class. He is taken from his quiet life into a world of intrigue. But Takeo’s past is not as it seems, he has unique gifts, gifts that make him a desired assassin. When Takeo is claimed by the mysterious Tribe, he has to chose between the families who have a hold on him. From the other perspective we have Kaede, a young girl, a hostage of a warrior lord. She is sent to be married, but Kaede too is hiding secrets. Desiring her is deadly. When Takeo and Kaede meet, there already twisted fates collide.It’s hard to describe a trilogy without any spoilers. Each new book brings with it new challenges and each is a fresh new story. It sits well as a series. The tension is pumped up with each new installment.Taeko and Kaede are great protagonists in their own right. They both raise issues in society still relevant today – gender, religion, class. It is done in a way that doesn’t feel preachy and it develops with each book.It is sometimes a tragic story and it’s beautifully lyrical and has that air of a Japanese painting. It is elegant and indulgent in a good way. There is a great sense of place to the story and the world building is rich and detailed.This was worth the wait. I’m glad I finally finished it.

  • Florin Pitea
    2019-01-06 15:33

    Quite impressive both in terms of plot and regarding style. Recommended.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-01-20 14:35

    A strong third book.

  • Michela
    2019-01-17 15:37

    "As pessoas se apegam a suas crenças como se pudessem ser salvas por elas, no entanto, além de todos os ensinamentos, há um lugar de verdade em que é tudo um só."

  • Patrícia Branquinho
    2019-01-07 13:28

    Worse than the second book, still keeps the epic adventure feeling while reading it. However, the quiet and slow pace of the second book that allows for one to feel the oriental scenery, is totally lost on this one. Action follows action, and all the necessary description (that was very well accomplished on the second book), is left aside, leaving the reader with much difficulty to feel all the fights, feelings, changes and even understand properly plot twists. Still, it is very easy to read and very entertaining.

  • Jack
    2019-01-02 14:39

    Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with this book. The series started off so good, but then it all went downhill from there. It's like the Hunger Games trilogy, only this time, there's a fourth book.Unfortunately, if the book continues the pattern, it'll get 1 and 1/2 stars.Anyway, onto the review/rant.So, Takeo is getting his army ready to kill the Otori lords and Arai, and he knows he'll be able to do it because only his son can kill him. Luckily, his child with Kaede is dead. Unluckily, he had sex with Yuki and she had a son.Oops.So he got his army together, and they fought a battle or two, and then he goes to make an alliance with the pirates.While he's gone, Kaede goes to visit her sisters. Unfortunately, Lord Fujiwara (spell-check needed) abducted them.It's a good thing he's gay, right?Anyway, she goes with a couple of men to take them back, but then her men are killed and she's abducted, and then forced to marry the Lord. So, she's back to hating her life, and Takeo comes back and finds her gone. Then he learns that the Lord abducted her, so he goes to Arai and tries to get her back. Arai says no.So, in order to simply get out of there alive, Takeo has to make an alliance with Arai to take the Otori city of Hagi.Let me just make a quick note: Up until now, the book has been okay.Then the story promptly falls to shit.Seriously, after this point, I couldn't care less what happened. It was all so boring. There was something about a big battle, and then a tidal wave, and then an earthquake near Kaede's place, and then some poison (that part in particular reminded me of Katniss's morphine addiction... See any other similarities?) Anyway, it turns out that Takeo ends up on top.The end.Oh, and did I mention that Kaede somehow escapes the Lord with the help of Shizuka and the physician Shizuka is having an affair with?Then Takeo enters THE CAVES THAT ARE SACRED TO WOMEN. Talk about disrespect.Then he gets her back, the bond together over their scars.The (real) end.What's even stupider is that the author left nothing to make a sequel out of, but look what he does. He makes ANOTHER sequel.Unfortunately, I'm going to have to read it. Who knows? Maybe it'll actually be a good book (like the first one). See ya in book 4!Final rating: 2 and 1/2 (only because of the semi-good beginning).

  • Arminzerella
    2019-01-09 10:36

    Takeo and Kaede have married and they are traveling to claim their respective lands. They become separated, when Takeo goes to make an alliance with the Tareda (pirates), and Kaede leaves Mariyama to visit her home, Shirakawa. She intends to bring back her sisters, but is instead ambushed by Lord Fujiwara who has her marriage to Takeo annulled and marries her himself. Takeo returns and discovers that his wife has been taken. Enraged, he sets off to destroy Fujiwara, but is intercepted by Lord Arai, who has a much larger army and is trying to control all of the provinces. Takeo surrenders to Arai and they make a truce and together go after the Otori (who are technically Takeo’s clan, but they refuse to acknowledge him). Arai betrays Takeo in the end and the land rises up and Arai is killed. Takeo becomes the ruler over all. Kaede is rescued and she and her one-time maid and protector, Shizuka, escape and meet Takeo in the end. Once again this ends a bit conveniently and quickly. There’s such agony and such potential for more. The way things play out is just not as clever as it ought to be, although it does impress upon one the weight of fate and destiny. How would you act if you didn’t know what you knew? Differently. Knowledge can’t help but change you.

  • Michael Schmid
    2018-12-24 13:36

    Der letzte Teil der einstigen Trilogie verspricht genau das, was ich mir erhofft und was ich auch erwartet habe. Alles, was im 2. Band aufgebaut wurde, wird nun ausgearbeitet, verarbeitet und zu einem Abschluss gebracht und ich kann nur sagen, das Ende passt perfekt und ist richtig stimmig und hat mich berührt.Was ich an dieser Reihe so liebe ist vor allem Lian Hearns Schreibstil, der mich immer wieder an eine Japanerin erinnert. Natürlich trägt dies auch ihre Welt bei, die sich stark an das Japan zur Zeit der Samurai orientiert. Ich hatte sehr oft das Gefühl, ein geschichtliches Ereignis erzählt zu bekommen und obwohl es nie wirklich diesen WOW-Effekt gab, konnte mich dieses Buch sofort fesseln und lies mich auch nie los. Zwar fand ich wieder einmal Kaedes Parts ein wenig zu langatmig, aber sie sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Geschichte und die Autorin kann ja nichts dafür, dass ich mich nicht so mit ihr anfreunden konnte. ;)Alles in allem ein super Abschluss einer tollen Trilogie, die sich kein Japan-Freak, wie ich einer bin, entgehen lassen sollte. xD

  • Jeraviz
    2019-01-09 11:27

    Después de la nefasta segunda parte. Hearn remonta un poco el vuelo en esta entrega. Los personajes ya están donde quería la autora y ya puede llevar a cabo los acontecimientos que llevamos tanto tiempo sabiendo gracias a la Profecía, que se nos recuerda cada 2 páginas.Pues eso, ocurren y sabemos que van a ocurrir de antemano. El único interés es descubrir cómo. Y el cómo es entretenido, tiene alguna escena bastante visual e impactante...pero nada del otro mundo. Los malos son muy malos, los buenos son muy buenos.Uno de los grandes problemas que le pongo a esta novela es que el personaje femenino, que durante las anteriores entregas hace un alegato de la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres en la sociedad del Japón medieval, termina siendo un mero decorado, recluida entre cuatro paredes tomando té y charlando. Y eso es para mí su principal error.Tiene un final bastante cerrado para dar carpetazo a la trilogía pero deja un par de cabos sueltos para poder continuar con un cuarto libro.

  • Nathan Burgoine
    2019-01-15 17:30

    Listening to this trilogy has been like immersing myself in a wonderfully developed myth of old Japan. It's fantastic, and if you've never listened to 'Across the Nightingale Floor,' then that is where you need to start.In the third volume, things are perched on the precipice. Can Takeo take his destiny into his own hands, and use war to bring peace to the lands? Will Kaede, who has become so much more than a helpless young woman, finally take control and escape the paper and silk prison she has become trapped within?The supporting cast, the land itself, and the sheer detail and lovely prose of these stories just dazzle. Definitely a worthwhile listening experience.

  • Debbi
    2019-01-11 09:34

    The last book in the "Tales of the Otori" but not really the end of the story so maybe they'll be another... I enjoyed reading these. They take place in a medieval Japan. A boy, Takeo, is rescued by Lord Otori who will become his adopted father. The story centers around Takeo, the love of his life, Kaede, the Tribe, and the feudal wars of the time.There is a prequel to these called, "Heaven's Net is Wide". I'm starting it now but I wish I would have read it first.

  • Fannyahlnorling
    2018-12-25 12:20

    Sällan kan jag vara så säker på att en trilogi kommer att lämna mig med sådan saknad bara minuter efter att jag stängt boken.

  • Belle Sabattin
    2018-12-30 13:44

    Recomiendo esta saga en un 100%!! Sus libros son Fantasticos!! No me arrepiento para nada de haber comenzado esta relectura *-*

  • Miglė Keliotytė
    2019-01-04 16:24

    This one was way better thanGrass for His Pillow , but still, I found the ending of it a little bit rushed. But fans of the previous parts of the series shoud definitely read it.

  • Lady Entropy
    2019-01-01 14:25

    Brilliance of the Moon, por Lian Hearn é um livro que se passa num pseudo-japão, com ninjas à mistura, sobre um miúdo que nasce numa comunidade pseudo-cristã, e que é raptado por ninjas, treinado, e depois se torna num senhor da guerra.Ou seja, cultura japonesa a rodos.O que me deveria fazer AMAR estes livros, certo?Infelizmente, errado.Quando sairam originalmente, fiquei entusiasmadíssima, e fui comprar os dois primeiros a correr. Infelizmente, como é meu hábito, pus os livros para ler depois e fui comprando a colecção. Depois de devorar o primeiro e sofrer pelo segundo, quando dei por mim apercebi-me que não gostava particularmente dos livros. Tão cedo não teria voltado a pegar neles, não fosse pelo desafio.Vejamos, eu ADORO settings alternativos. Sou grande fã de Legend of the Five Rings e 7th Sea, dois RPGs que se passam num Pseudo Japão e numa Pseudo Europa do sec 18. Sou grande fã de senhor dos aneis, que igualmente é uma pseudo Europa medieval. Mas... tem que haver world build. Tem que haver uma razão para a escritora ter escolhido aquele mundo, e não simplesmente, o que acho que se passa aqui, que a autora tinha era preguiça de verificar todos os factos, e para ninguém lhe chamar a atenção porque ela afirmava que no japão feudal, curandeiros usavam Aloé (planta nativa de África).É este o maior problema que encontro no livro. O facto que há pouco worldbuild, e a autora simplesmente escolheu criar o seu mundo em vez de usar o japão para não ter trabalho a fazer pesquisa histórica. Logo, desde si, o mundo parece árido, e o leitor tem quase que completar muita coisa do mundo com os seus conhecimentos do japão feudal pessoais.Isso põe-me logo de pulguinha atrás da orelha. Mas as coisas pioram: o herói, Takeo, é um pouco aborrecido, apesar de ter todos os poderes e mais alguns (superpoderes ninja? Check. Secretamente meio-samurai e é adoptado por um? Check. Tem um cavalo e uma espada mágica? Check. Toda a gente o adora e quer fazer dele o senhor da guerra? Check.) mas passável, apesar de que tem uma voz narrativa MUITO feminina.(Piada. A autora Lian Hearn escolheu um suposto nome de homem "Lian" porque não queria ser julgada na sua escrita por ser mulher. Quando um dia num dos forums em que ando alguém solta a bomba "OMG o autor da Saga dos Otori é uma MULHER a escrever sobre pseudónimo! QUE SURPRESA!" eu fiquei a olhar para eles "Ya, tipo... eu pensava que Lian era nome de mulher. Ela escreve como uma mulher. Sempre pensei que fosse uma mulher".)Anyway, depois vem a auto projecção da autora, na forma da esposa do personagem principal, Kaede:- Linda- Todos os homens se apaixonam por ela (incluindo um completamente assumido misantropo homosexual)- Todas as mulheres ou a odeiam ou a adoram- Inteligente- Sabe lutar- É mais alta do que uma mulher devia ser- Tem comportamentos e ideias que são totalmente contra a norma da sociedade e as pessoas aceitam isso na boa.- Considera as suas virtudes como uma falha (ser bonita, ser alta...)Há um termo para isso.MARY SUEAdmitidamente, não é tão Mary Sue como a mulher do Sano Ichiro, mas mesmo assim, irritou-me do início ao fim. E ter que estar dentro da cabeça do narrador e ouvi-lo de poucas em poucas páginas "Ai a minha mulher é tão linda." "Ai, a minha mulher é tão prendada" "Ai a minha mulher é tão corajosa e vou fazer coisas estúpidas (como sacrificar metade do meu exército e render-me ao gajo que ia lutar contra) só porque não quero que ela case com outro." (Hello, buy a fricking clue? Matas o gajo depois de ganhares a batalha, e pronto, ela fica viúva e podes casar com ela outra vez?) deu-me a volta ao estômago.A história em si era aceitável, mas resolvida com um Deus Ex Machina de proporções bíblicas.Porquê? Porque a escritora escreveu-se até um canto, exactamente porque o personagem principal fez o cúmulo das estupidezes para salvar a mary sue da mulher só porque não suportava estar longe dela e que ela casasse com outro. E o foreshadowing era metido de tal forma à pressão que eu já adivinhava o que vinha aí.E depois temos o meu ódio de estimação, e o saltar de POV de personagens entre capítulos. Adoro Narrativa na primeira pessoa, mas detesto saltos entre narradores, porque quebra a minha identificação com o personagem principal. E ODEIO com toda a minha força Saltos entre narrados E Entre 1ª e 3ª pessoa. È que é a única forma que este livro tinha de ficar pior.Se este livro fosse passado no Japão feudal, eu provavelmente tinha gostado mais, porque apesar de personagens fracas e história olvidável, sempre dava para aprender mais sobre a cultura Japonesa -- como é o caso da série do Sano Ichiro.Mas assim?Assim, aprendo algumas coisas sobre um Japão alternativo que não é bem Japão e que é sim monumentalmente pouco original e aborrecido. Nesse caso vou mas é ler novelas ou jogar Legend of the Five Rings, que tem um world build mil vezes superior. Na realidade, o world build da Lian Hearn é mínimo. Tem a "Tribo", que são ninjas com superpoderes. O resto é tudo reaproveitamento do Japão original.Depois temos a parte sumamente irritante da "Profecia". O herói recebe uma profecia que diz que ele vai ganhar quatro batalhas e perder uma e que só o filho pode matá-lo. E rapidamente se torna óbvio que a profecia é verdadeira. Logo, já sabemos que o herói vai ganhar todas as batalhas a partir do momento em que perdeu uma. YAY spoilers!Ah, e para fechar tudo com chave de ouro... o que era uma trilogia originalmente...acaba de forma mole e amorfa apenas para assegurar um quarto livro, onde se revela o destino do herói. Sofreu uma versão do Síndroma de Deathly Hollows: quando li o último livro do Harry Poter, estava muito nervosa porque via o livro a acabar...acabar...acabar... e ainda nada tinha sido resolvido. A meia dúzia de páginas do fim, ZÁS, vem tudo de catadupa e é uma bagunça para a resolução. Felizmente, no Brilliance of the Moon, não aconteceu isso...mas foi pior. Tive Síndroma de Fim Que Precisa de Pastilha Azul.

  • Bigsna
    2018-12-22 15:23

    The third installment of the series was a bit redeeming after a promising Book One and a disappointingly slow Book Two. Book Three makes you work for it though, as the interesting twists came after I was halfway through. I had thought that this was a 3 part series, though I now realise its actually 5 - with a prequel and final book from the point of view of Takeo's son. So in a way, it is a trilogy of Takeo Otori's story. I don't think I will be picking up the other two books unless I am looking for a familiar premise.

  • Mebil Rosales
    2019-01-13 16:34

    Me faltaban 30 páginas para terminarlo y lo dejé porque no podía interesarme menos. Además, nadie me iba a regañar por hacerlo, así que yolo.

  • Rachel Pollock
    2019-01-02 16:36

    Three stars for a deus ex machina of an earthquake. Fujiwara deserved a more creative end, and Kaede deserved much more agency in it.

  • Annie
    2018-12-31 14:19

    The conclusion of the _Tales of the Otori_ Trilogy was ultimately disappointing. After an intriguing but not particularly noteworthy start in _Across the Nightingale Floor_ I started in on the second book, _Grass for his Pillow_ after reading the first chapter and discovering that it developed Kaede in intriguing and unexpected ways. However, in _Brilliance of the Moon_ the changes Kaede makes in her life, attempting to empower herself basically disappear once she marries Takeo. Although they are supposed to be peers, Takeo never defers to her. A complaint I had earlier in the book came back to me; why is there a male voice while the female voice is silent? The chapters with Takeo are told from his perspective, while Kaede's story is told by a third person narrator. In the second book, _Grass for his Pillow_, she finally tells her story to Fujiwara in exchange for his help, but he only agrees if she promises to never tell anyone else, ensuring in this way that her tale would be his own private "treasure". He possesses her history; she does not. Finally, Fujiwara attempts to possess Kaede herself, capturing and holding her as a helpless prisoner. Kaede submits to the traditional female role. She does not attempt to free herself and must rely on a man to save her in the end. I found this to be a giant step backwards for her character and, although the book makes the argument that things are now going to be different in the Three Countries and that equality would now exist, I found the underlying message of this incident suggested just the opposite.

  • Marsha Stokes
    2019-01-08 17:26

    I just finished reading Brilliance of the Moon, by Lian Hearn. It is the third book in the Tales of the Otori series. I enjoyed this book more than the second book because the plot felt like it was really taking you to the conclusion of the story. The action and battles all lead up to the big battle at the end. When it was all over, I was really pleased and satisfied with the ending. I knew all the characters at this point, and it was easy to get absorbed in their life and want to see how things turned out.Again, this book can be a little gritty at times, so I wouldn't recommend it to some of my friends. For example, there was a man who decided it was more honorable for him as a warrior to kill himself rather than be taken prisoner, so he bites off his own tongue and drowns in his own blood. The description of this event is not much more detailed than the description I just gave, which I appreciated, but I know that might bother some of my friends. Another thing that might bother some is that there was the tiniest amount of homosexuality in the book. Again, it was EXTREMELY minimal and didn't really bother me that much, but I feel like I should mention it in case you decide to read these books based on my recomendation.If a small amount of grit doesn't bother you, then I would suggest giving this series a try. The author is great at creating interesting plots, and the stories have a good pace.

  • Martha Sockel
    2019-01-04 11:17

    After finishing the second in this great series, I had to find out about when the next would be due... but I have to say that this book was truly worth waiting for and gave all I wanted as a great fan and a reader of the book.The third in the Tales of The Otori series starts off with Takeo endearing to have his land returned to him, as he was the legal heir to the Otori clan, and being adopted by the well known Lord Shigeru. With his Wife, Lady Shirakawa Kaede by his side, and many loyal men that may have been nothing more than peasents and farmers, they strive to defeat the unloyal and those who stand in his way. Though things weren't going to be that easy. The words of the wise woman from book two still remain and haunt him, that he will fight battles, and lose one. His son will be his killer. But Takeo remains determined to avenge Lord Shigeru and help his wife regain control of her country too.This book offers many thrills, duplicity, excitment, tension and passion. It was also written with greatness and deserves all praise. It is worth buying and reading as many others have enjoyed what may seem as a work of art.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-01-01 12:41

    I wasn't sure when I started reading this whether I really wanted to continue the series. I guess the second one didn't seize hold of me as much as the first, and so I wondered if this would be even 'lesser'. And for quite a while I was having my doubts met: it seemed like it was going to be all about war, an there were so many characters and I couldn't remember who they all were. But then something happened and I was pulled in.This continues the saga of Takeo and Kaede and their challenges to the expectations of their society while being driven to fulfill others' (and their own) desires for power and revenge. There's also a prophecy which Takeo fluctuates between believing and not, and the conflict between different spiritual understandings. There's quite a lot of violence, but also some real beauty - that is, of course, characteristic of upper classes throughout history (the lower classes suffered from and participated in the violence, but rarely had the opportunity to enjoy beauty, either in the physical world or through the arts). The author presents a very believable fantasy world in feudal Japan.I'm looking forward to the 4th (and final) book in the series.

  • Tom
    2018-12-28 12:27

    Somehow, Hearn, has finished the trilogy part of this wonderful story without missing a beat or disappointing the reader. So many "trilogies" fall short in later books. This one maintains the highest quality all the way to the end. The poetic quality of the writing will satisfy the most discerning critic, and the story is top notch. This series is likely one of the most enjoyable I have found in recent years. The world is so well developed that it feels completely real. The plot ends in an impressive display of prose that leaves you breathless. The characters are so richly developed that I feel like I know them personally and consider them friends. Once again the only criticism that I have is the slight references to homosexual behavior. It is handled with respect and without vulgarity, yet it seems completely out of place. Discerning parents may want to have a discussion about such issues with their children prior to letting them read the series. The series, as a whole, has several sexual references all of which are handled in a reasonable and respectful manner.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2018-12-28 13:17

    With a complicated web of back-story set up and a return to familiar characters that we’ve seen develop, it goes without saying that Brilliance of the Moon should be the gripping climax of a trilogy that has thus far moved from strength to strength. The third and final instalment of the TALES OF THE OTORI series, the book has many loose ends to tie up, not to mention a certain prophecy that needs fulfilling. Across the Nightingale Floor and Grass for his Pillow were always going to prove tough acts to follow, and unfortunately Brilliance of the Moon doesn’t quite live up to its predecessors’ standards.We start from where Grass for his Pillow left off: Takeo and Kaede have just been married in secret and it is now up to them to unite the Three... Read More:

  • Geraud
    2019-01-13 17:29

    Le dernier tome de la trilogie m'a moins plu que les autres : Je trouve que son Héros est trop bon et vertueux et pleins de ressources, tout le monde l'adore sauf les méchants qui seront bien punis... hmm hmm !ha et puis il y a la prophétie aussi, on en avait déjà entendu parler dans le deuxième tome mais là, c'est ce qui guide Takéo tout au long du récit. Je ne sais pas pour vous, mais moi les prophéties je commence à en avoir par dessus la tête. ça devient usant tous ces gens qui attendent l'élu, et tous ces élus qui viennent pour apporter la paix et l'équilibre dans la force ! On a l'impression de ne pouvoir pas tourner une page ou regarder un film sans que quelqu'un se voit désigné comme le p****n d'élu par une autre prophétie que quelqu’un vient encore de sortir de son chapeau.Enfin bref !