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Mirjana Krisanovic 9D: I have read a book called "Over nektergalens floor" which is written by Lian Hearn. The translator's Carla Wiberg.
The action takes place in a fictional medieval. The environment reflects Japan's nature and culture.
The protagonist Takeo was 15 years old when his peaceful mountain village was attacked by the samurai. He was rescued by an alien warlord and became the sole survivor from the village. Warlord took home the boy and wanted to adopt him. The claim by the clan was to warlord (Shigeru) would marry a young girl. Takeo was told that he was the son of a professional assassin, and that he belonged to the "genus", which can be likened to ninjas. Takeo got very good hearing and other supernatural properties. He trained to be an assassin. Shigeru schemed to reduce the cruel Iida. Takeo was instructed to kill this evil man and he saw his chance to avenge the clan who killed his family. Iida had a singing flooring that no one would be able to surprise him or kill him in his sleep. But Takeo found a way to sneak over this particular flooring. Everyone seemed to have secrets and own goals in life. Takeo fell in love with his master young woman. She was named Kaede and had been in hostage. She was also in love with him.

The book was easy to read but just this simplicity was a shortage in history. The book addresses the young people and not for children. The author forgot to describe their character's appearance. The story was too shallow and pale for my taste. The story felt black and white. The characters were interesting and complemented each other. The book was good but could have been better. The author did not describe nature as well as to give a clear picture in your head. According to me, could this tale as well have been a historical novel instead of a fantasy book. Some are fake but some think that is true. Half the book was written in the "I" shape and the other half in the "third person". It was a bit strange but it did not bother me. I felt sorry for Takeo when he was speechless with shock (at the beginning of the book), when his entire family was murdered. I recognized myself in certain situations with Kaede. Some chapters were a bit boring and excessively long. I think the author's message of the book is that you should trust yourself. If you like books about the samurai, I recommend this book. But if you are sensitive you should probably not read it, for it is fierce in a rather bloody way. Some scenes were almost brutal. Was it a coincidence that Shigeru was so far into enemy territory when he saved Takeo? When I started reading the book, I got the impression that Takeo was a quiet and mischievous boy in his teens. Later he became sullen and thought a lot about life. It was actually a bit strange that he got a sudden interest in fighting during their workouts. He did it enough to make her dead father proud and live up to all the expectations his master had about him. Kaede was smart when she refused to take the mask as protection, when she would fight against Takeo. Then she tested if he cared that he hurt her. Some views that Kaede had, I kept on with while, I realized others. It was a bit surreal to Takeo learned so quickly, but this was a fantasy book. Moreover, he had supernatural powers that were cool. Some replicas can misinterpret unless you understand the plot from the beginning. I think Kaede asked often by a man who saved her. Then one can get the impression that she was interested in him and not by Takeo. That said the book was unusually concentrated on the main things in action. They understood at least context. I do not think the book was bad but it was a little far-fetched at times. I do not mean that I am hostile to the story, for some pieces was exciting. Some events went too fast and I think if the author has written more about that scene, it would have been better. The reader's curious why the main characters do what they do. The book was about loyalty, love, revenge, war and power.

The author was born in England but lives in Australia. "Over nektergalens floor" is the first part of a trilogy.

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One Response to "" Over nektergalens floor ""

  1. Tobias on October 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    There are actually four books ;)

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