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Heaven's Net Is Wide (Tales of the Otori Series #5)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Amazing Series!

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Lian Hearn is one of the most important author in the century!! Anybody who have read Harry Pottery or Lord of the Rings simply must read the entire series of the tales of the Otori. You will submerged yourself into a world full magic, romance, action, adventure, and tragedy. A beautiful story set in Medieval Japan. This Books is definitely a most have!

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    What started it all

    Heaven's Net is Wide:
    The first book in the Otori series. The book starts with the start up bringing of Shigeru and the original alliances between the clans. It winds through the losses and challenges Shigeru faced and what helped build his character and win the love of his people, which is a strong theme through the other books. There are wars, bargains, hostages, love and new life. Several religions vie for supremacy and are the cause of many of deaths and abuses in the book. A great story about how the characters in the series started and were drawn together through many fateful decisions. A

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Other Prequels Cant Touch This!

    Found it best how it showed the true history from the very beginning! Helps the reader understand why these books have a plot at all! Loved it and I know others will too!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Otori Shigeru is the young heir to the powerful ruthless Otori clan. Yet in spite of growing up in an authoritarian pyramidal hierarchy, he understands that greater Japanese society and especially his clan venerate loyalty. --- However, his lessons were also tempered as an adolescent when he observed how dishonorable some behaved seditious backstabbing by his uncles and an assault from the Iida family to gain power. The culmination occurs when his uncles¿ perfidy and the Iida betrayal lead to the deaths of thousands of Otori warriors at Yaeahara and the eradication of his family. He lives, but is heir to nothing as the Otori clan was exterminated. Although those who murdered his family want him dead so he symbolizes nothing, Shigeru survives with an inner fortitude made stronger with what he saw enhanced by a desire for retribution. He turns to his former mentor warrior-monk Matsuda Shingen for guidance and patience, and meets Lady Maruyama who keeps him human and more as she knows what he is going through as the Tohan destroyed much of what she held sacred. However, the hope for retribution might begin in a mountainous village ¿ --- The fifth Tales of the Otori is a brilliant novel that brings the beginning and the end to this great saga of Medieval Japan. The story line is a superb historical fantasy as the audience learns much of how Otori got to where he ends. Fans of the series will fully appreciate this great finish that is also the beginning as HEAVEN¿S NET IS WIDE completes this non-linear epic saga with a sweeping winner. --- Harriet Klausner

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