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The Harsh Cry of the Heron

By Lian Hearn

The Harsh Cry of the Heron
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2006,
    192 pages.

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The Last Tale of the Otori is a truly epic novel. It is the rich and satisfying conclusion to the Tales of the Otori series that both completes the characters' lives - prophesied and otherwise - and brilliantly illuminates unexpected aspects of the entire Otori saga ..... Hearn delivers in full ninja vs. samurai fashion the kinetic, simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting resolution that the Otori's hundreds of thousands of fans richly deserve - whose epic satisfaction will surely draw even more readers into the fold.

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"The Otori saga gets better with each book, and this is the most absorbing entry in the series, complete with intrigue, magic, romance, and action." - Booklist.
"Hearn seamlessly fuses fact and fantasy to create a sprawling, bewitching realm of magic." - PW.
"Only near the end of this overlong narrative do the gears begin to catch. Nonetheless, a good finish to the series." - Kirkus.

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Lian Hearn Author Biography

Lian Hearn is a pseudonym for Gillian Rubinstein, a well-known Australian writer of children's books and plays. She chose not to publish The Otori Trilogy under her own name so as to have her first adult book judged in its own right and not compared to her previous writing for children. She chose her name by combining her childhood nickname (the last letters of Gillian) and the surname of Lafcadio Hearn, an Irish writer who lived in Japan at the end of the 19th century.

In June 2002, sometime after the book had been sold on its own merits to publishers in multiple countries, and optioned for film writes, Rubinstein admitted that she was the author, saying "I think there is a strong tendency among the spectators or the readers of culture to pigeonhole people, and that'...

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