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Across the Nightingale Floor

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Across the Nightingale Floor

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Author: Lian Hearn
Publisher: William Heinemann, 2005
Picador, 2003
Macmillan UK, 2002
Riverhead Books, 2002
Hodder Headline Australia, 2002
Series: Tales of the Otori: Book 2
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Historical Fantasy
Sword and Sorcery
Mythic Fiction (Fantasy)
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In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the 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.

The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills.

When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor - and to his own unimaginable destiny...


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