From the Review Pile is a meme created by Stephanie over at Stepping Out of the Page. Designed to highlight the books that we have have sitting on our review piles and tbr shelves for far too long, it gives books the little bit of extra publicity they deserve. You can find out more about the meme here and you can follow the link above to Stephanie’s blog.
Hmm, what to highlight this week? I have a lot on my tbr pile… in all honesty I can’t even bring myself to count how many books are just sat there begging to be read. I have over a hundred easily and thats only hard copies. I have countless books on my kindle too which I am struggling to get round to. I think this week I will highlight a book which I really should have started already as my sister loaned me a copy of the whole series, of which this book is book one. The book is Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn and sounds amazing. I believe its kinda oriental fantasy, which is what I would describe the wonderful Zoe Marriott’s work to be and as I adore that, I will more than likely adore this too. But alas, I wouldn’t know as it’s been sat on my shelf for nearly two years… seriously, I think she loaned it to me when me and my sister met up for Christmas two years ago. I know its about time I read this one… lets hope I get chance to soon!
Takeo is just 16 when he loses his family to the evil Lord Iida and it seems like incredible luck when he is saved from death by the noble Shigeru, rightful heir to the Clan of the Otori. As Takeo travels into new territory and towards a new, unknown life, the tribal rivalries, romances and histories at large in this new world are revealed to him. These are treacherous times. Everyone is at risk, and few can be trusted. Takeo also has a special gift–inherited skills that mark him out as different from other men. He is at once desirable and highly dangerous to those in power. His life is soon in danger.
It’s a fascinating landscape and a riveting story; it’s genuinely very difficult to put down once you’ve started it. Unusually for a children’s book with so many characters, several with strange-sounding names, the story is easy to follow. The writing is exceptional, with very few words out of place. The author, a pseudonym for Australian writer Gillian Rubinstein, is generous enough to paint the characters and scenery in great detail, yet keeps the writing clipped enough for the plot to move along at a steady pace. Importantly, there are no slow bits.