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Across the Nightingale Floor: Lian Herne
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Across the Nightingale Floor: Lian Herne
Across the Nightingale Floor: Lian Herne

Another much-hyped bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor is a tale that, according to the back cover, takes place in ‘a mythical feudal Japanese land’. This is a fast-paced novel with lots of action, violence, intense characters, beautiful atmospheric descriptions and an undercurrent of magic. I found the Japanese names, both of people and places, confusing and difficult to keep track of, but there’s something for almost everyone here, and the last quarter of the book is unputdownable. A great title that is however, somewhat misleading; everything seems to lead up to that central event to create an odd anti-climax – I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil the story – yet there’s a twist that balances this rather cleverly.

The end seemed to be very obviously setting up the possibility of a sequel or series, yet the story as a whole was fairly satisfying, and thinking about the alternatives I decided Lian Herne got it just right. On the whole I’m not a lover of fantasy set in medieval-style worlds, and I think this novel is aimed at young adults (not my usual choice), but if you fall into both categories then this is definitely for you.

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