The Harsh Cry of the Heron

The Harsh Cry of the Heron 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 be

  • Title: The Harsh Cry of the Heron
  • Author: Lian Hearn
  • ISBN: 9789791141055
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oThe 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.

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    1. Trying to keep an excellent series going beyond the natural end is always complicated. I was optimistic for this one, however, because Lian Hearn has quite a talent for epic storytelling, and the first three Otori books gripped me from about paragraph 2. In this 4th book Hearn brings some of the more historical threads served as a backdrop to the earlier books to the fore in a story that by its own logic really can't end the way the previous did. The era of feudal kingdoms is over. It is an inte [...]

    2. So disappointing! I tore into this book after devouring the original trilogy, but finished the story feeling that my enjoyment of these characters was now compromised. While the story was compelling, I felt the behavior and decisions of some of the main characters were inconsistent with their personas in the first books, thus creating pivotal scenarios that left me questioning the strength of their personas so beautifully developed in the previous books. As much as I wanted to know the conclusio [...]

    3. He should've ended it after the second book. That way I wouldn't have to endure the torture the next two books brought me. Luckily, I'm not compelled to finish the series anymore, because the last one is a prequel. Anyway, onto the rant.If Brilliance of the Moon was terrible compared to Across the Nightingale Floor, then this book was terrible compared to Brilliance of the Moon. It was that bad.For one thing, it's set 16 years into the future, so the magic of the characters is gone. They're comp [...]

    4. I always find it incredibly hard to review, or even rate, a book I read as a child, because, first, how much of said book do I really remember? But most importantly, how much of what I remember feeling about this book is actually the book's doing, and how much is just nostalgia?I read The Harsh Cry of the Heron when I was in high school. It certainly wasn't my favourite book, and it wasn't the first one I read that made me cry. But it's the book that introduced me to bitter endings.My uncle had [...]

    5. WowWhat a way to finish the tale of the Otori, 16 years after the 'happy ever after', Lian Hearn truly did capture the essence of Japanese tales in all it's tragic beauty coupled with the usual innter turmoils of emotions in relation to their roles and duties in their daily lives.To be honest, the ending left me curious to see 'what happened next', thus I have some affinity to the characters throughout the tales.Best of all, I suppose, the author protrayed the beauty and tragedy that is human na [...]

    6. Probably the weakest in the series: not enough attention for the development of the characters (much could have been added about the three girls, about Hisao and some others), new tribe skills introduced but not explained (cat possession, ghost mastership, Miki's unnamed talent), some characters left without an ending (as Shizuka, Kahei's family, Madaren), inconsistent behavior (view spoiler)[ especially in Kaede, whom I thought rather just and intelligent and couldn't imagine her capable of suc [...]

    7. This is what I was afraid of. I loved and was extremely satisfied with the trilogy, particularly its bitter-sweet ending. It just felt right. I should have stopped there. Then there was this book, which was much more bitter than sweet in so many ways. Yet with all the bitterness in this book, it was incredibly well done and I don't regret reading it.Sixteen years has come and gone since the end of the last book. All the characters I came to know in the trilogy are old, still viable in a lot of w [...]

    8. I might have given this volume a five star rating for the second half of the story. I thought of all the books, including Book 5, this was the slowest to get going. Actually, it was almost uninteresting enough to stop reading and it was only the desire to complete the cycle that I persevered. As the story unfolded and the intrigue began to take shape I think Lian Hearn started firing on all cylinders. I absolutely loved the development of Takeo and Kaede's daughter, Shigeko, and the role she cam [...]

    9. First off - I read this when I was only a teenager myself when it was brand new, so my opinion might be different if I read it today.I absolutely love the Otori trilogy and it's prequel, so I of course picked this one up as soon as it was out. But while the others sucked me in right away and had me engaged with the characters on a high level, this one disappointed me a lot. It felt like our main protagonist changed from a strong boy/man to someone always going on about just oh how old he is now. [...]

    10. Cuando una historia se basa en una profecía es difícil sorprenderse del final sin embargo este libro me dejó un sabor "raro" de boca fue un final triste como solo las buenas leyendas lo pueden tenerUna historia de amor legendaria, con subidas y bajadas y solo la pérdida de la confianza lo puede destruir Mi personaje favorito: Shizuka, no importa que pasaba ella supo mantener su sonrisa hasta que el dolor la destruyó y aún así logro convertirse en parte de los personajes legendariosEl que [...]

    11. I loved the first three books of the Tales of the Otori series, but I don't think I can ever reread this one. It wasn't that it was poorly written, because it still maintained the lovely style of prose that the other three had. But, because of the 'prophecy' that was given at the start of the series, Hearn was forced to break the characters out of their predefined personalities. To have the prophecy come true, certain characters had to act out of character. When they've been defined in a certain [...]

    12. Fuihh.kin seru aja nih cerita Lord Otori Takeo dan keluarganya. Setelah lumayan jelek di Klan Otori II dan meningkat lagi di Klan Otori III tapi dengan ending yang kurang memuaskan, akhirnya di seri IV ini semuanya terbayar. (yah walopun cape' mata n cape' tangan coz bukunya tuebell). Dibuku ke-IV ini bercerita tentang pengkhianatan, kepercayaan, perkembangan anak-anak takeo, kisah cinta shigeko (cinta yg tidak bisa terucapkan) yang sangat menyentuh dan kematian-kematian yang tragis.Anak-anak Ta [...]

    13. I have loved the rest of this series, but because of the repeated prophecy of the death of the protagonist, I have dreaded the end of this book, and completely put it down for about ten days, in the middle. Lord Otori Takeo is a likeable character, with serious flaws more than compensated by his strength of character: he has a strong sense of justice and has established the rule of law, a vision of peace which he has accomplished and maintained for fifteen years, and cares about the fate of all [...]

    14. Apa jadinya kalau kisah Cinderella berlanjut (diakhir kisah Cinderella, akhirnya ia menikah dengan Pangeran pujaan hatinya kan) ?? Kalau misalnya kisah Cinderella berlanjut, aku kira mengira akhir kisahnya bukan lagi (mungkin) and they lived happily ever after sama seperti kisah yang terjadi antara Takeo dan KaedeMereka memang akhirnya bisa bersama, mereka menikah, menjadi penguasa, punya anaktapi :”( ada kecemburuan, ada intrik politik yang semuanya bermuara pada langgengnya kekuasaan dan pad [...]

    15. WHY DID EVERYONE HAVE TO DIE?! TURN THE PAGE AND BANG EVERYONE'S DEAD!! Loved it, couldn't turn the pages faster! (:

    16. There is a time skip many years into the future where Takeo loses control of the land and everybody is fighting each other. But who could be opposing him when he has killed all the other warlords? The answer is, his own relatives, who for some stupid reason hate him now. Even Kaede, the love of his life, considers him a jerk. The tone of the final book is very different from the rest by being constantly mean and depressing, with the characters being spiteful to each other without much justificat [...]

    17. What can I say. The range of charcters. The world. The perfect imperfections that come with being human in a world a nature vs nurture. What made this story even better as that we got to enjoy Takeo and Kaede's future after having grown with them in their youth. I loved seeing the internal struggles that Takeo and other characters had to deal with. It was a reminder that nothing is ever black and white. No one is perfect. "Good" people can have wicked thoughts and "evil" people can show kindness [...]

    18. I've been reading this series for a good part of the year - really liked the authenticity of the settings - and was very keen to get into this book once I'd read the first 3, as I was getting into the plotIt was different to see Takeo as the father figure this time, but not bad because it worked quite well. The lack of map and extensive character glossary was slightly annoying, but I actually wrote my own character glossary afterwards.But what really struck me first as strange was the change in [...]

    19. I knew that this book would break my heart. The more I read, the more I could foresee the destruction of everything dear to me at the end of the book. In a way, the story of this last instalment is an exploration of death, disappointment, tragedy, and suffering like the one we've seen with lord Shigeru and lady Maruyama of the first book. It was such a sharp flash-back to that time I knew the bright future at the start would unravel with the tragic intensity of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean dram [...]

    20. One of my favorite series of all-time (Tales of the Otori) quietly released the final book in the series The Harsh Cry of the Heron. by Lain Hearn. We didn't even know it was out until we happened upon it in Barnes & Noble.It is nearly impossible to read this book without comparing it to the most recent fiction book I've read (A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Both take place in a fictional feudal society--Martin's is a fictionalized Europe, Hearn's is a fictionalized Japan. Both dea [...]

    21. Setelah perjuangan berat yang dilalui oleh Takeo dan Kaedee, mereka akhirnya menjadi sebuah keluarga yang bahagia selam 16 tahun, hidup dalam kedamaian dan rakyat yang makmur.Memiliki seorang putri yang mewarisi kecantikan Kaedee dan juga 2 putri kembar yang sangat berpengaruh dalam buku kali ini. Arai Zenko yang mejadi suami Hana (adik Kaedee), anak dari Sizuka, kakak Taku, akhirnya menghianti Takeo ketika dia sedang pergi menghadap kaisar penguasa 8 pulau. Penghiatannya ditandai dengan pembunu [...]

    22. In spite of the suggestion of the subtitle of this book, The Last Tale of the Otori, I discovered an ad for _Heaven's Net is Wide; the First Tale of the Otori_ coming some time after _The Harsh Cry of the Heron_. I *guess* after having come this far, I'd better read that one too. If I *must*.Continuing with my feminist critique; In the last book of the "trilogy" _The Brilliance of the Moon_ I made the point that after her marriage all power was stripped from Kaede. In the book it's even worse. S [...]

    23. I fell in love with the world of Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori in the first few chapters of the prequel Heaven’s Net Is Wide. The blending of historical feudal Japan with the magical was so evocative it captured my heart. A world where samurai existed and the magical powers of the ninja too existed in the families of a few. A world where so many were persecuted for so little. Harsh Cry of the Heron takes place many years after the events of the main trilogy. Takeo and Kaede’s reign has s [...]

    24. Desde el momento en el que terminé el tercer libro supe que este no me gustaría. Temía leer el triste final que esperaba desde que se supo la profecía. Y aun así a sido todavía mucho más triste de lo que me podría haber imaginado. De todos modos, durante toda la lectura mi único pensamiento era saber qué ocurría con los personajes, casi carecía de importancia el resto. Me parece que la mitad de las páginas sobran, el libro podría haber sido igual de intenso que el tercero de ser as [...]

    25. I'll try do do this without spoilers, though the major flaws in this book are storytelling and plot.There were ominous overtones early on, so I decided I was OK if everything just fell apart, after all, that is how the Heiki Monogatari ends. I'm not saying it ends that way, but I was prepared.I was not prepared for it to be boring and confusing. People head out to various places for various reasons and if you don't already know where Hagi and Hofu are in relation to each other, too bad, because [...]

    26. This book is both brilliantly written and immensely frustrating. This is one of those books, especially if you have read the preceding trilogy, that will grip you like all properly crafted books will. The book draws you back into the feudal Japan inspired world of the Otori and crafts a thrilling tragedy. Minor spoilers below.While I personally find tragedies born from miscommunication trying (the desire to smack some of the characters with a rolled up newspaper for being thick was overwhelming) [...]

    27. This is the fourth of a quartet of novels. It was designed originally as a trilogy - Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for his Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon, all of which I read some years ago. The final story takes us to the death of the two main characters and the continuance of the Otori Clan, under the leadership of Takeo’s daughter Shigeko. The stories are part myth and mysticism and part ancient Japanese history. The hero Takeo is the illegitimate son of a warlord, brought up by hi [...]

    28. I will make an exception and leave this unfinished one (I had reached page 63) unrated. I have not been displeased with its entertainment value at all when I was reading its first chapters, but whenever I had a chance to pick it up and continue I decided to read something else each time. The hauntingly beautiful eyes on the cover have started to look at me with reproach and the battered second hand volume seems to pop up unexpectedly all over the place to remind me of my lack of discipline and s [...]

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