Heaven's Net is Wide

Heaven's Net is Wide

by Lian Hearn
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Overview

Heaven's Net is Wide by Lian Hearn


The new beginning and the grand finale of Lian Hearn's celebrated Tales of the Otori is "rivetingly elegant" (Washington Post). Don't miss the related series, The Tale of Shikanoko.


Heaven's Net Is Wide is 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. The first and the last tale, it introduces readers to the strange and beautiful world of the Otori and closes the circle where it opened in Across the Nightingale Floor. Set in a mythical, medieval Japan, this epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honor and loyalty, beauty, passion, and the overwhelming power of love, has enthralled millions of readers the world over—and now, with the cycle complete, its audience will only continue to grow.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440632211
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/16/2007
Series: Tales of the Otori Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 180,483
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lian Hearn is the pseudonym for the writer Gillian Rubinstein, currently living in Australia, who has a lifelong interest in Japan, has lived there, and speaks Japanese. All five books in the Tales of the Otori series—Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for His Pillow, Brilliance of the Moon, The Harsh Cry of the Heron, and Heaven's Net is Wide—are available now from Riverhead Books. Don't miss the related series, The Tale of Shikanoko.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Heaven's Net Is Wide (Tales of the Otori Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Hill_Ravens More than 1 year ago
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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Wow...Lian Hearn really lost it in this book. The author clearly lost sight of the true purpose of the Otori series. While the Trilogy and subsequent Sequel were amazing, this prequel fell way too short. It was good to see the background of Otori Shigeru and the trouble that he faced throughout his childhood, but I feel that this novel lacks the action and and fast pace that the other novels employed. So basically, if you're into gushy love novels about seperated lovers then this book is for you. But if you're not, then I'd recommend just skipping over this book and not letting yourself be dissapointed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Zues More than 1 year ago
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!