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  • Orphan Warriors

  • Children of the Otori, Book 1
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Patrick Harvey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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By: Lian Hearn
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Summary

The Tales of the Otori does for medieval Japan what Game of Thrones does for medieval Europe.

The bitter struggles of the Tribe and the clans have left many children orphaned. Among them are Sunaomi and Chikara, sons of Arai Zenko, who face death after their parents' treachery. Their aunt, Kaede, is able to save their lives on the condition they become novice monks and never leave the temple at Terayama.

Sunaomi has been brought up as a warrior, yet his grandmother is Muto Shizuka. He cannot escape that he is also a child of the Tribe. As he discovers unimagined talents within himself he comes up against Hisao, Takeo's son, the ghostmaster, as well as Saga Hideki, the most powerful warlord in the realm, the Emperor's General.

Taking place in the magical medieval world of Tales of the Otori, Orphan Warriors is a coming-of-age adventure story in a human world of courage and sacrifice behind which always hovers a supernatural world of danger and dread.

©2020 Lian Hearn Associates Pty Ltd (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Critic reviews

"Brutally thrilling historical fantasy.'" (The Herald Sun)

"Huge imaginative vitality. Moves onwards with the narrative force of a flood." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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Lian Hearn books never disappoint

Great book, great story, narrator was slightly disappointing, would have preferred to hear this read by Aiko Nakasone and Kevin Gray the same as the other Otori books, bit weird to hear beloved Japanese characters sounding like Jack the Ripper 😬
Once you get past that, the book is still wonderful

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