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16 January 2014

The Harsh Cry of the Heron (Tales of the Otori #4)

The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn is the fourth book in the Tales of the Otori series and takes place years after the previous book.

It has been sixteen years since Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede have ruled the Three Countries in peace. After years of war, the land and people are flourishing. The Tribe, who used to hire themselves out for murder, are under Takeo's control and working for the greater good. And Kaede and Takeo have three daughters, the eldest of which is about to inherit her mother's land.

But there is unrest in the parts of the Tribe who do not follow Takeo. They have been plotting revenge for a long time. And Takeo's brother-in-law Arai Zenko still harbors ill feelings from what he sees as the murder of his father. These factions will join forces and try to bring the Otori reign to an end.

Staying true to the earlier books, this volume of the Tales of the Otori will delight fans who will always want more. If you have any interest in ancient Japan or fantasy or historical fiction - read this series.

Hearn, Lian. (2006). The Harsh Cry of the Heron. New York: Picador.

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