Grass for His Pillow by Lian Hearn

Grass for His Pillow

By Lian Hearn

  • Release Date: 2014-05-11
  • Genre: Epic
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Enter the feudal world of the Otori – filled with magic, treachery and intrigue – inspired by medieval Japan and created by acclaimed Australian author, Lian Hearn.

Grass for His Pillow is the second book in the five-part Tales of the Otori series. More than four million copies have been sold in over 36 countries; now the series is available as ebooks for the first time.

‘The best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense to have come this way since Philip Pullman’ Independent On Sunday (UK)

In the ancient lands of the Otori, in a time of war and famine, the fate of the young lovers Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede hangs in the balance.

Takeo, heir to the great Otori clan, has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. To follow their brutal directions and become their most deadly assassin he must deny the spiritual vows of his peaceful upbringing, his birthright of wealth, land and power – and his love for Kaede. If he turns his back on the Tribe they will kill him. Forced to take a path that leads him to extreme danger Takeo grows from boy to man

Kaede, heiress to vast lands, is now the valuable pawn of ruthless warlords. She must use her intelligence, beauty and cunning to assert her place in a world of all-powerful men – who must never suspect the dangerous secret she hides.

‘A classic in the making’ Sydney Morning Herald

Lian Hearn’s Tales of the Otori series of five novels has sold over four million copies. She is also the author of Blossoms and Shadows and The Storyteller and His Three Daughters. Lian Hearn has made many trips to Japan and has studied Japanese.

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‘An engrossing fantasy saga of literary quality.’ The Age

‘an enthralling and original work of fantasy’ The Times