The Harsh Cry of the Heron (Tales of the Otori, Bk 4)
The Harsh Cry of the Heron - Tales of the Otori, Bk 4 Author:Lian Hearn The Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori is a truly epic novel. It is the rich and satisfying conclusion to the Tales of the Otori series that both completes the characters' lives-prophesied and otherwise-and brilliantly illuminates unexpected aspects of the entire Otori saga. The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the only fitting end to s... more »uch a stirring series: a book that takes the storytelling achievement of Lian Hearn's fantastic medieval Japanese world to startling new heights of drama and action.
Hearn's Otori series is the best (and only) literary expression of a cultural phenomenon that has swept through cinema (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), comics (manga), and popular culture at large. And, with this book, Hearn delivers in full ninja vs. samurai fashion the kinetic, simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting resolution that the Otori's hundreds of thousands of fans richly deserve-whose epic satisfaction will surely draw even more readers into the fold.« less
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Doesn't have the whirlwind pace of the previous 3 books but is certainly more emotionally charged. The first half of the book drags a bit as it sets up a whole new cast of characters. Business picks up the second act. I wouldn't recommend reading this book before reading it's predecessors. There is a lot of carry-over in the storyline.