Released on 06 June 2008.

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Heaven's Net is Wide

For ages 12+
4.16 based on 5351 ratings & 206 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

The Middle Country, home of the Otori clan is ruled by a benign but weak leader while in the East, the warrior-like Tohan are gathering power. On the plain of Yaegahara the clans clash in a bloody battle that leaves Otori Shigeru desperate for vengeance. Meanwhile, in a remote mountain village, a boy is born gifted with the supernatural skills of his father, once the deadliest assassin of the Tribe.

Heaven's Net is Wide is the first and last Tale, which both closes the circle and introduces new readers to the fantastical, beautiful and thrilling world of the Otori. It is an epic story of betrayal, revenge, magic and love.

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Scenes of exquisite beauty and tension, aided by the mesh of Hearn's meticulous and convincing imagined world.
Literary Review
A thrilling story of violent combat, legend and passion.
Herald
An indispensable introduction to a remarkable saga. I was spurred into re-reading the whole thing. It was pure pleasure. The setting is beautiful and beautifully described, the story clicks into place perfectly.
Sunday Telegraph