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The Harsh Cry of the Heron Summary
Gillian Rubinstein

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The Harsh Cry of the Heron Summary

Plot Summary

The Harsh Cry of The Heron by Lian Hearn is a fantasy novel set in a fictional version of the Far East, and in particular the island of Japan (known here as the Three Countries). This book occupies the last 'spot' in Hearn's cycle, The Tales of the Otori, that began with Across The Nightingale Floor and the arrival of our protagonist, Otori Takeo.

Otori Takeo is now the leader of the Three Countries (something similar to a shogun), who has been ruling the land peacefully for a number of years whilst he attempts to raise his daughters Shigeko (the eldest) and the young twins Maya and Miki with his wife Kaede. During his reign he has managed to maintain control over the Tribe (the clans and the bloodlines of the ninja-like assassins from which he himself is descended), while attempting to bring justice in the form of...

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