The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Tales of the Otori: Across the Nightingale Floor
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
An epic fantasy story set in a feudal Japanese society, this is an exciting tale of treason, violence and death. Tomasu is a young boy from the Hidden clan, all but wiped out by Iida Sadamu, the cruel Lord of the Tohan clan. Saved, then adopted, educated and renamed Takeo by the good-hearted Otori Shigeru, the boy grows up to love and respect his guardian. However, when Shigeru plans to marry, in order to promote peace between the two clans, Takeo has an opportunity to avenge himself on Iida.
This is a taut, compelling love story in the Samurai warrior tradition.