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Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
This is the first in a series that takes the reader to feudal Japan, during the time of warlords, samurai and rebelling ronins. The story revolves around Takeo, a young man who is endowed with mysterious paranormal powers. Takeo finds himself flung into the web of deceit and the cruel fate, as he witnesses his village razed to the ground, and owing his life to Lord Otori Shigeru. As the wheels of fate turn, Takeo discovers the origin of his strange powers, and the fact that he is none other than a descendent of the ‘tribe’, a group of deadly assassins.

A very descriptive novel that tries it’s best to instill and instruct the reader in ancient Japanese customs. The language makes it easy to read, but I wasn’t sure about the homosexuality that makes a show every now and then. I don’t know how necessary that was – it seemed more like a ploy to pique the interests of YA readers.

All in all a fairly good debut novel. I especially liked the theory of ‘the nightingale floor’. Very stylish.

I give this 4/5 Stars.