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The Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori (Tales of the Otori, Book 4) Paperback – June 5, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
While I have absolutly no qualms with her writing style, which is quick and easy to follow, not complicated with an absurd amount of details and subplots as some other fantasy writers are prone to do; the path she leads her characters down is engaging and exciting... until the last three or four chapters.
I am simply amazed at how thouroughly the author "drops the ball." If you liked the characters in the previous books don't read this... she makes you hate them. Everything in the last couple of chapters is hurried and unfulfilling. Main characters make extreme and unrealistic decisions, all just to help rush to the overly dramatic sense of tragedy in the end.
I can tell that the author was trying to create a compeling, tragic tale, but fails misserably, probably due to deadlines and print dates. All the loose ends and sub-storylines are basically summed up in a brief retelling in the end, the author couldn't even take the time to finish them properly. The end of one of the main plots that continues thoughout the entire series, the death of the MAIN hero IS SUMMED UP IN THE END!!! I was so mad. I had looked forward to this book ever since I heard it was to be written, since I liked the other books so well, but was extremely dissapointed. I gave two stars because the author's writing style is still enjoyable, but I personally will probably never read another of her books if this is how she chooses to end a series...
The Tales of the Otori were supposed to be a trilogy, and should NEVER have become a tetralogy. This fourth instalment was probably written under the publisher's pressure due to the success of the first three, but Lian Hearn ran out of ideas. All she does in this book is some filling-up, some mental acrobatics and some not believable plot twists. As "Avid Reader" said, she manages to make you hate people you used to love, starting with Kaede who's such a likeable person, strong, smart, resilient and understanding in the first three books and, in just a few short pages, becomes an irrational shrew, not to mention a betrayer of both her husband and her people - Her second turnabout and her fate at the very end are psychologically and politically incomprehensible. Some of the plot twists make no sense whatsoever, and the way the prophecy about Takeo's death is fulfilled is just plain cheating. Not to mention that the reason he dies for is nonsensical. Takeo (who, like his adopted father Shigeru, has this deplorable habit of sparing his enemies' lives when he has them at his mercy, but is a strong warrior and a good ruler) becomes this wishy-washy guy, totally undone by... well, not to give too much away, by the result of his aforementioned leniency towards his enemies.Read more ›
I greatly enjoyed the first three Otori novels, but I enjoyed "The Harsh Cry of the Heron" even more. It is more mature, the tone is darker, and there are deeper plots and subplots at play. Takeo is older, wiser, and at the same time more careful and careless. It is fascinating to see the changes in his character, but at the same time realize that, in many ways, he is still the same Takeo of the prior books. The same cannot be said of Kaede. While she does display some of the strength and intelligence readers are used to from her, she also uncharacteristically seems to fall prey to superstitions and petty desires and jealousies. This was one of the reasons I did not give the book a full five stars. Of all the characters in "Heron", I have to admit that Kaede was the one that disappointed me the most.
Many of the other characters readers knew are also back: Shizuka, Dr. Ishida, Gemba, Hiroshi, Taku, Zenko, Hana, Akio. The most important new characters are probably Takeo's children: Shigeko (Takeo's eldest daughter and heir), Maya and Miki (twins), and Hisao (who was raised by Akio).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a little disappointed with this novel, though I loved the three originals. The author rushed it... The most interesting parts were glossed over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Voytac
I got so into the book and the wonderful story of its characters that I was lost when it was all over... Great read..Published 4 months ago by AMB1
I think this was a great addition to the trilogy. I love Lian's writing style and it made me want to read more.Published 8 months ago by Heidi Hydra
A bit underwhelmed about a series that I really enjoyed. A lot of the plot was rehashing the previous stories and for me, frankly was just not enticing enough to want me to pick... Read morePublished 10 months ago by loulou
I read it correctly after books One, two and three! it really is a great ending and validates the first three books. Hearn is the mistress of writing! Well donePublished 10 months ago by william boon