Review: The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn

The Harsh Cry of the Heron

Book 4 of the Tales of the Otori

by Lian Hearn

Lord Otori Takeo and his consort Kaede have ruled for over sixteen years. The Three Countries are rich, peaceful and prosperous. The sacred birds, the Houou nest at Terayma and a fabled creature, the Kirin, has appeared on their shores. Heaven seems to smile on them.

Yet their very success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covert the wealth of the Three Countries, especially Takeo’s heir, his eldest daughter Shigeko, now of marriageable age. At the same time, the renegade Tribe family, the Kikuta, seek revenge on Takeo for the murder of their leader.

Everything Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

This is the fourth and final book in the Tales of the Otori series. It is a book that finishes of the series really nicely. It is such a beautifully written book that makes you feel like you are walking (or riding) through the country with Takeo and his family.

It has been a while since I have read the first three books in this series but never felt lost within this story. It is a book that really focused on relationships, families, jealously and betrayal, and how fragile our life as humans really are, no matter how strong we think we are.

As much as it is a beautiful book, it is also incredibly sad, the author has really been able to express how delicate and fleeting life and love is. A stunning, sweeping saga that will not feel like the 718 pages that it is.

Favourite Quote: ‘Minoru, you have become too cynical! Lord Saga is a great warlord from an ancient clan. He has made this agreement publicly. He cannot go back on it without bringing dishonour on himself, and nor can I!’ ‘That is precisely how warlords become great,’ Minoru muttered.

Published by Hachette Australia

Recommended Retail Price $24.99

Recommended Age: 18+

My Rating: 4.0/5

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