Across the Nightingale Floor : Tales of the Otori, Paperback

Across the Nightingale Floor : Tales of the Otori Paperback

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the murderous warlord, Iida Sadamu, surveys his famous nightingale floor.

Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot.

No assassin can cross it unheard. Brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people, Takeo has learned only the ways of peace.

Why, then, does he possess the deadly skills that make him so valuable to the sinister Tribe?

These supernatural powers will lead him to his violent destiny within the walls of Inuyama - and to an impossible longing for a girl who can never be his.

His journey is one of revenge and treachery, honour and loyalty, beauty and magic, and the passion of first love.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780330415286



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This is a fantastic story for young adults and adults alike - you can become really immersed in the culture and the world you're transported into. Great, really enjoyable read and different.

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The start of the journey of Takeo, a ninja by any other name, with the confusing heritage of being raised a pacifist Christian too.

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Set in a fictional country, rather like Japan, Across the Nightingale Floor and its sequels are hugely complex reads for young adults. Takeo is 16, and has been raised by his mother and step-father as one of the Hidden, a religious sect unpopular with the ruling feudal lords. When they are killed in a massacre he find himself adopted into one of the most powerful clans. With themes of love and revenge, these novels are certainly more suited to older teenagers, especially as there are scenes of sexual tension, and some highly violent episodes. I would highly recommend the series though, as long as you are prepared to keep track of a complicated array of character and place names.

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I made the unusal choice of reading the prequel Heaven's Net is Wide, before reading this Book 1 of the Tales of the Otory, and I can't say that was the wrong choice. I felt close to the very likeable characters, and had a great deal of compassion for their fate. Lian Hearn writes beautifully; light but descriptive and full of imagination, emotion and suspense. I think this series is aimed at a "young adult" reader, but that was never a problem for Harry Potter! Excellent read, highly recommended

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Across the nightingale floor was a little step away from my usual reading material but the rave reviews intrigued me so I gave it a shot. I rashly bought all 5 books in the series and now I'm doubting the widsom of that.<br/><br/>Just because it's aimed at a lower age group, doesn't mean it has to be childish but if I'm honest, I found it quite slow despite the killing and violence and love interest. The lead character finds he isn't the person he thought he was and discovers special talents he didn't know he had. He falls in love with a girl he shouldn't and loses most of what he holds dear.<br/><br/>I'm not actually sure how I feel about the book. I liked it enough to get through it and I kept turning pages to see where it was going but I never really connected with the charcters and I'm not left hungry to find out what happened next. Considering I've already spent money on the remaining books, I expect I'll get around to finding out eventually though.<br/><br/>It has a feel of feudal Japan to it and reminded me in parts of 'House of Flying daggers' (which is one of my favourite films), and that may be why I persevered with it.<br/>It's aimed at younger readers but has adult themes running though it and perhaps that's where my ambiguity is coming's adult enough to make it enjoyable, but not enough to make it engrossing.<br/><br/>I don't know. I'm torn.<br/><br/>It's not a bad book though. Despite all the violence and killing, it's actually quite a gentle book and I wouldn't hesitate to reccommend it for younger readers.<br/><br/>Think of it as 'House of Flying daggers' meets 'Crouching Tiger' for a younger audience.