Across the nightingale floor was a magical tale that kept me captivated. Lian did a wonderful job at describing elegant, magically enticing scenes. Though in the ending, I had to throw the book across the room, angered at what had happened.
Age group: 16+
POV: first person past tense.
Plot: A boy from among the Hidden, a culture of no war and peace comes back from gathering mushrooms in the woods to find all of his family, and everyone in the village murdered. The murderer, still in the town, Mino, Iida the warlord. After escaping his from him and running into the woods he meets someone else: Otori Shigeru. Shigeru helps the boy escape, and brings him to his home, and renames him Takeo, after Shigeru’s brother, who has recently died. Takeo has greater powers then he realized, he has supper human hearing, and wasn’t just part of the Hidden, is also part of the Tribe. An elite group of assassins that kill for the highest bidding. But Takeo doesn’t care about the Tribe, all he wants is to seek revenge on the Warlord Iida for killing his mother, step father, and step sister.
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