Across the Nightingale Floor

Across the Nightingale Floor

Tales of the Otori Book One

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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101215623
  • 320 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


An international bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. Don’t miss the related series, The Tale of Shikanoko.

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…

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Across the Nightingale Floor

Across the Nightingale Floor

Written by: Lian Hearn


Carnegie Medal – winner
Dutscher Jugendliteratur-preis – winner
New York Times Notable Book – winner
Peter Pan Award – winner
Prix Litterature in the La Nuit De Lire – winner


“Satisfyingly rich in incident yet admirably spare in the telling…Hearn has created a world I anticipate returning to with pleasure.”&#151The New York Times Book Review

“The most compelling novel to have been published this year.”&#151The Times (London)

“The most extraordinary novel…The passion and rapture of this story is so compelling that it’s almost worth delaying your holiday for.”&#151The Independent on Sunday (UK)

“Complex…fast-paced, arousing adventure reminiscent of Arthurian legend that’s told with all the urgency of a modern-day thriller.”&#151Book Magazine

Across the Nightingale Floor is as exciting a debut as any in recent years&#151part Shogun, part Lord of the Flies and entirely enchanting.”&#151Milwaukee Journal Sentinel