October 30

‘Across the Nightingale Floor’ by Lian Hearn

“When illusions are shattered by truth, talent is set free”

Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn.

 This book is extravagantly beautiful, expressing the horrific and wonderful behaviour and emotions of humans in situations of bloodshed, internal wars of higher power, and love. Based loosely in Ancient Japanese times, Takeo used to be just a simple farm boy from the secret religion of the Hidden, but everything changed when a powerful Lord Iida burnt his village to the ground along with his family. Rescued by a Lord from an opposing clan named Shigeru, Takeo embarks on a marvellous journey of friendship, love and the fiery path of revenge as he soon finds that he is not a normal boy like he thought. Lian Hearn leads the reader into a whole different world, expressing the wonders and horrors of the human race and magnificently places a forbidden love right in the middle of it.

I recommend this book to teens and young adults between the ages of 12 and 20 who are interested in ancient times, loosely Ancient Japanese times. With its thrill and suspense, with many shocking twists and turns, this book is truly worth reading. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Bridey, Year 9.


‘Across The Nightingale Floor’ is a great read for teenagers that are interested in action, adventure, romance and thrill. Its backstory is that of a boy named Tomasu who liked to wander off into the mountains of Japan. He lived in an isolated village away from other little villages and him and his family were safe. One day he wandered off into the mountains and when he came back he saw his whole little village burnt down to the ground. When he runs away and Lord Shigeru Otori finds him. Lord Otori takes him back to the Otori palace where Otori’s friend trains him to be an assassin to kill the man who burned down his village. It is a great book with an awesome storyline. Good read. Connor, Year 9


Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn is a fantastic book. It is a great read for people who enjoy action, adventure, thrill and a little romance.

The book in the beginning is set in the hills of ancient Japan. A young boy named Tomasu is the only survivor of an attack on his village. Everyone is killed and the buildings are burnt down. Tomasu runs away from the people that burnt his village and is saved from pursuers by Lord Shigeru Otori. They travel together to the home of Lord Otori. Lord Otori adopted him there into his family. Tomasu is given the name Teako so people do not know him. As the story continues Teako learns the ways of an assassin so he can kill the person that burnt his village.

This is a great story for people to sit down and read for a long time. You get absorbed into the story so you don’t want to put the book down. Stephen, Year 9

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Posted October 30, 2012 by marjk in category Adventure stories, Fantasy, Historical fiction, Love stories, Student Reviews, War stories

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