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Publisher's Summary

In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own." The stage is set: Takeo and his new bride Kaede are on the brink of starting a war to reclaim the lands that are her rightful claim by birth, with a thousand loyal warriors by their side. But much more is at stake, with Takeo sworn to avenge the death of his adoptive father. Kaede, a not-at-all helpless damsel, has also cast a first stone by renouncing the powerful Lord Fujiwara, who considers her his first wife.
An imaginary feudal Japan is vividly reconstructed in this magical tale filled with clan rivalries, supernatural powers, shadowy tribes, and true love. Lian Hearn's epic fantasy of a conflict-ridden, mystical world has enraptured fans around the world, thanks to many complex mysteries, fascinating characters, and a riveting buildup to the dazzling finale.
Don't miss the rest of the Tales of the Otori series.
©2004 Lian Hearn (P)2004 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"A fragrant blend of romance and martial-arts action." (Publishers Weekly)
"A worthy conclusion to a genuinely thrilling epic saga." (Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By William T. Katz on 08-05-04

Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest.

I enjoyed the Tales of the Otori trilogy. The story has good pacing, interesting characters, and just a bit of magic that doesn't put it too far into the fantasy genre.

Of the three books, I thought the last, Brilliance of the Moon, was the weakest. Good action to be sure, but the book tried to cover too much ground. There was some plot resolution by Deus Ex Machina. Perhaps my preference for the first book is that I first learn about a strange new world and characters that live larger than life. By the third book, it's less about showing us this strange world and more about tying up loose ends.

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3 out of 5 stars
By James on 08-06-04

A year of anticipation is over

This was a very entertaining trilogy which was surprisingly engaging. After listening to the first two audio books, I had been anticipating the release of the third book so much that I just had to buy the hardcover book a couple of months ago on the day it was released. The current book uses the same male and female narrators as before, who do an excellent job. While I believe that this is an essential book to tie up the story, I agree with the previous reviewer that it did not quite have the charm and quality of the first two. Some of the action in the last half of the book seemed very abridged, as though the author simply got tired of writing. As part of the trilogy it might deserve 4 stars, but not standing on its own. Even with its shortcomings, I highly recommend it.

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