Heaven's Net Is Wide
Narrated By: ,
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Date: August 2007
Duration: 17 hours 53 minutes
The prequel to the beloved "Otori" tales both completes and introduces the series while standing firmly on its own, recounting a mythical, medieval world of ninjas and samurais.
As Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" is to "The Lord of the Rings," Lian Hearn's "Heaven's Net Is Wide" is the backstory fans have been yearning for.
Set before the "Tales of the Otori" begins, "Heaven's Net" recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and adoptive father of the "Tales'" Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the "Tales," The first four volumes gave us only glimpses. Now we are treated to rich detail and more of Hearn's fantastical Japanese world.
Gripping and bewitching, "Heaven's Net" is a new beginning and a grand finale; a story of monumental battles, supreme loyalty, triumphant love, and heartbreak. It ends just before "Across the Nightingale Floor" begins, bringing the "Otori" epic full circle.