The Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2006
20 hours 3 minutes
An epic fantasy set in a mythical, medieval Japan, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series has crossed genres, generations, and genders. Grand and complex in its themes, elegantly written, each book in the original trilogy has become a worldwide bestseller. The surprise fourth installment (and real conclusion), The Harsh Cry of the Heron achieves new heights of drama and action.

Sixteen years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort Kaede have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

In full ninja versus samurai fashion, Hearn delivers a kinetic, heartbreaking, and uplifting resolution to a thoroughly gripping saga.
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Obi O.

Omg, I started growing concerned halfway through this fourth book as to how I would cope on its completion. As I suspected, I am lost. Over the course of the four books, I had come to know and love the characters. I laughed, cried, cheered and chastised. I truly loved the series. The author gave me great pleasure. Thank you Lian Hearn. I am sad that it all came to an end. Nothing wrong with either narrators, I just would have preferred if the ones from the first three had completed the fourth.

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