Literary Agent

Heaven’s Net is Wide

by Lian Hearn

Heaven’s Net is Wide is the first and last volume that both closes the circle and introduces readers to the strange and beautiful world of the Otori. It is an epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honour and loyalty, beauty and passion, and the overwhelming power of love set in a mythical, medieval Japan, which will enthral readers the world over.

This is the story of Lord Otori Shigeru-who has presided over the entire series as a sort of spiritual warrior-godfather-the man who saved Takeo and raised him as his own and heir to the Otori clan. This sweeping novel expands on what has been only hinted at before: Shigeru’s training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord, his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins, the battles that tested his skills and talents, and his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama.

The world of the Otori has entranced readers since the first book, Across The Nightingale Floor, was published in 2002. Now Lian Hearn takes us back to the beginning, in the astonishingly beautiful prequel, Heaven’s Net Is Wide.

  • Year of Publication: 2007
  • Genre: Literature
  • Audience: Adult