• Élevé en guerrier et promis à un brillant avenir, le jeune Sunoami, fils de traître, est condamné à devenir moine. Résigné à vivre au temple de Terayama jusqu'à la fin de ses jours, Sunaomi voit naître en lui des pouvoirs insoupçonnés. Des objets inanimés prennent vie sous ses yeux, des morts lui parlent... Et les forces qui s'affrontent pour régner sur les Huit Îles s'intéressent de près à ce puissant descendant de la Tribu.

  • Shikanoko, le guerrier au masque de cerf, s'est retiré dans le Bois Obscur, pour pleurer la disparition de la Princesse de l'Automne. Livrés à eux-mêmes, les cinq garçons dont on lui avait confié l'éducation en profitent pour explorer l'étendue de leurs pouvoirs magiques... Hina est sous la protection de dame Fuji, la maîtresse des bateaux de plaisir. Elle seule sait où se trouve le véritable empereur.
    Lian Hearn déploie un univers plein de magie, de dangers et de beauté pour clore l'épopée qui annonce le « Clan des Otori ».

  • Kazumaru est en âge de revendiquer l'héritage familial. Mais lorsque son oncle l'invite à une partie de chasse, le jeune homme ne doute pas qu'il en sera le gibier. Laissé pour mort dans la montagne, il trouve refuge chez un sorcier qui lui fabrique un masque aux immenses pouvoirs magiques. Kazumaru devient Shikanoko, « l'enfant du cerf ».

  • Au XIVe siècle, dans un Japon médiéval mythique, le jeune Takeo grandit au sein d'une communauté paisible qui condamne la violence. Mais celle-ci est massacrée par les hommes d'Iida, chef du clan des Tohan. Takeo, sauvé par sire Shigeru, du Clan des Otori, se trouve plongé au coeur de luttes sanglantes entre les seigneurs de la guerre.
    Il doit suivre son destin. Mais qui est-il?

  • Takeo, désormais héritier du puissant Clan des Otori, s'est engagé à rejoindre les rangs criminels de la Tribu, reniant ainsi son éducation pacifique, abandonnant ce qui lui revient de droit, territoire, fortune et pouvoir, renonçant aussi à son amour pour Kaede. Mais la Tribu peut-elle éloigner Takeo de son destin ? Le chemin qu'il choisit le conduira au coeur des montagnes glacées du Pays du Milieu...

  • "Tu conquerras la paix en cinq batailles : quatre victoires et une défaite." Takeo parviendra-t-il à apporter la paix sur les Trois Pays comme l'annonce la prophétie ?
    Après leur union secrète au temple de Terayama, Takeo et Kaede sont plus résolus que

  • Voici l'enfance des Otori. L'histoire commence lorsque le jeune Shigeru s'apprête à devenir l'héritier du clan. Formé à l'art de la guerre et de la dissimulation, le jeune sire doit faire face aux appétits de conquêtes de l'ambitieux Iida, et aux traîtrises de ses propres oncles. À la bataille de Yaegahara, son destin semble scellé : son père meurt et ses oncles prennent le pouvoir. Mais, préparant dans le secret sa revanche, Shigeru attend son heure...

    Le cycle du Clan des Otori révèle un Japon féodal redoutable que Lian Hearn fair revivre avec une force évocatrice incomparable. Il trouve son accomplissement avec Le Fil du destin.

  • Seize ans ont passé... Takeo et Kaede font régner sur les Trois Pays la paix et la prospérité. Leur fille aînée, la belle Shigeko, promet d'être une héritière digne d'eux. Mais cette harmonie est en danger. Certains membres de la Tribu n'ont pas renoncé à leur vengeance, des guerriers forts de l'appui de l'empereur convoitent le pouvoir, les étrangers arrivent avec leur religion et leurs armes à feu, et le fils caché de Takeo, que la prophétie désigne comme artisan de sa mort, a grandi. Les ressorts de la tragédie sont en place...

    Lian Hearn poursuit la magistrale saga du Clan des Otori, qui devait être une trilogie au départ, avec Le Vol du héron où elle dévoile le destin de Takeo et Kaede.

    Prix Imaginales 2007.

  • Japon, 1857.
    Depuis des siècles, le Japon vit replié sur lui-même. Mais, bientôt, il sera contraint de s'ouvrir aux influences étrangères. Les Occidentaux forcent les portes de l'ancien monde. L'époque des samouraïs est désormais révolue.
    La maison de l'Arbre joueur, dans le domaine du Chôshû, où habitent Tsuru et sa famille, n'est pas épargnée par le vent du changement. La jeune femme rêve de s'affranchir des traditions ancestrales et de suivre les traces de son père en devenant médecin. Elle se trouve alors entraînée dans un monde de subversions, d'intrigues politiques et d'amours interdites. Autour d'elle agissent des hommes puissants et violents. Leur slogan est Sonnôjôi : "Vénérez l'Empereur, expulsez les étrangers".

    À travers l'inoubliable destin de Tsuru, symbole de l'émancipation de son pays, l'auteur de la saga Le Clan des Otori nous offre une grande histoire d'amour et de guerre.

  • Anglais Lord of the Darkwood

    Lian Hearn

    Against a background of wild forest, elegant castles, hidden temples and savage battlefields, the adventure that began with Emperor of the Eight Islands draws to its thrilling conclusion.The rightful emperor is lost. Shikanoko is condemned to live, half-man and half-deer, an outlaw in the Darkwood. Yet the mighty lords who now rule the Eight Islands are prey to suspicion and illness, and drought and famine choke the realm. Only Shikanoko can bring healing, by restoring the preordained ruler to the Lotus Throne. And only one person can bring him back from the Darkwood . . .

  • An ambitious warlord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands.A stubborn father forces his younger son to surrender his wife to his older brother.A mysterious woman seeks five fathers for her children.A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne.These are the threads of an intricate tapestry in which the laws of destiny play out against a backdrop of wild forest, elegant court, and savage battlefield. Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits, Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn is a brilliantly imagined novel, full of drama and intrigue - and it is just the beginning of an enthralling, epic adventure: The Tale of Shikanoko.

  • Lord Shigeru, heir to the Otori clan, faces hostility from the shrewdly ambitious Iida family in the East and base treachery at home from his uncles. His noble education and training as a warrior have prepared him for leadership and combat, but fate and Shigeru's youthful determination bring the Three Countries to war, and he must endure terrible and tragic defeat at thebattle of Yaegahara... and its brutal consequences. Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last Tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new readers to the strange and beautiful world of the Otori. It is an epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honour and loyalty, beauty and passion and the overwhelming power of love.

  • The second book in the Tales of the Otori trilogy continues the epic story of Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede, the young lovers whose fate is played out in an ancient Oriental world, where ritualised codes of high honour counter the cruelty of savage bloodfeuds. Takeo has pledged his life to the Tribe, a secret clan of spies and assassins who claim his legendary supernatural skills for their own ruthless purposes, in doing so he must deny his birthright as an Otori lord and his love for Kaede. If he does not serve them, the Tribe will kill him. Kaede, separated from Takeo, must use her intelligence, beauty and cunning to assert her place in a world of allpowerful men who must never know that she is carrying Takeo's child. In growing from boy to man, Takeo must make a choice and the dangerous path he undertakes is a journey of high adventure, treachery and passion that establishes this extraordinary trilogy as one of the most brilliant and enduring works of modern fiction. GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, the sequel to ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, is one of the most eagerlyawaited novels of 2003. Lian Hearn has created a brilliantly imagined culture. Here is epic storytelling whose appeal crosses genres, genders and generations.

  • In his blackwalled 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.

  • In the third volume of the phenomenal series that began with the bestselling ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR and then GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, the teenage lovers, Takeo and Kaede, are now married. But their destinies are determined by forces beyond their control. Takeo leads an army into battle, and Kaede, far from his protection, is treacherously betrayed. Their love will survive until death – which, in the savage, beautiful world of the Otori, is only ever a lightning swordstroke away. ‘Lian Hearn is creating an imaginary world every bit as absorbing as Middle Earth and Hogwarts . . . This is the same mysterious oriental landscape that beguiled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon audiences’ Guardian ‘Quite simply the best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense since Philip Pullman.’ Independent on Sunday

  • The epic conclusion to the bestselling Tales of the Otori-'"one of the most thrilling new series of our time." -The Times (London) A dazzling epic of warfare and sacrifice, passionate revenge, treacherous betrayal, and unconquerable love, The Harsh Cry of the Heron takes the storytelling achievement of Lian Hearn's fantastic medieval Japanese world to startling new heights of drama and action. Fifteen years of peace and prosperity under the rule of Lord Otori Takeo and his wife Kaede is threatened by a rogue network of assassins, the resurgence of old rivalries, the arrival of foreigners bearing new weapons and religion, and an unfulfilled prophecy that Lord Takeo will die at the hand of a member of his own family.
    The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the rich and stirring finale to a series whose imaginative vision has enthralled millions of readers worldwide, and an extraordinary novel that stands as a thrilling achievement in its own right.

  • From the author of the multi-million-copy selling Otori series, Blossoms and Shadows is a compelling tale of women and men, love and war, and the rise of a nation.It is Japan, 1857. The age of the Samurai is ending and a new Japan is about to be born. For those caught in the middle the times are unsure and turbulent, as new beliefs clash with long-held traditions.Tsuru is a young woman with a secret ambition to become a doctor. Caught up in the politics of these unstable times, she will be forced to make some difficult choices. And when war comes, Tsuru's struggle to be treated as an equal will take her onto the battlefieldsÂ...

  • 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...
    An international bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn.

  • The second book in the Tales of the Otori trilogy continues the epic story of Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede, the young lovers whose fate is played out in an ancient Oriental world, where ritualised codes of high honour counter the cruelty of savage bloodfeuds. Takeo has pledged his life to the Tribe, a secret clan of spies and assassins who claim his legendary supernatural skills for their own ruthless purposes, in doing so he must deny his birthright as an Otori lord and his love for Kaede. If he does not serve them, the Tribe will kill him. Kaede, separated from Takeo, must use her intelligence, beauty and cunning to assert her place in a world of allpowerful men who must never know that she is carrying Takeo's child. In growing from boy to man, Takeo must make a choice and the dangerous path he undertakes is a journey of high adventure, treachery and passion that establishes this extraordinary trilogy as one of the most brilliant and enduring works of modern fiction. GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, the sequel to ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, is one of the most eagerlyawaited novels of 2003. Lian Hearn has created a brilliantly imagined culture. Here is epic storytelling whose appeal crosses genres, genders and generations.

  • Lord Shigeru, heir to the Otori clan, faces hostility from the shrewdly ambitious Iida family in the East and base treachery at home from his uncles. His noble education and training as a warrior have prepared him for leadership and combat, but fate and Shigeru's youthful determination bring the Three Countries to war, and he must endure terrible and tragic defeat at thebattle of Yaegahara... and its brutal consequences. Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last Tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new readers to the strange and beautiful world of the Otori. It is an epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honour and loyalty, beauty and passion and the overwhelming power of love.

  • In the third volume of the phenomenal series that began with the bestselling ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR and then GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW, the teenage lovers, Takeo and Kaede, are now married. But their destinies are determined by forces beyond their control. Takeo leads an army into battle, and Kaede, far from his protection, is treacherously betrayed. Their love will survive until death which, in the savage, beautiful world of the Otori, is only ever a lightning swordstroke away. Lian Hearn is creating an imaginary world every bit as absorbing as Middle Earth and Hogwarts . . . This is the same mysterious oriental landscape that beguiled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon audiences Guardian Quite simply the best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense since Philip Pullman. Independent on Sunday

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