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“Across the Nightingale Floor” by Lian Hearn

"Across the Nightingale Floor" by Lian Hearn

“Across the Nightingale Floor” by Lian Hearn

In light of the Far East Night the teens held two weeks ago (yes, this is a bit belated, alas), I wanted to include a book recommendation for  “Across the Nightingale Floor” by Lian Hearn for readers interested in Japan, ninjas, romance, and a little bit of magic. Even better, it’s the first book in the series!

The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills. When Takeo’s village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor*—and to his own unimaginable destiny…

While the story doesn’t exactly take place in Japan, and there are definitely some fudges with Japanese history, it is an interesting take on medieval Japan – a historical fantasy, if you will. It’s a lot of fun and very good for reluctant readers with its mix of action and suspense.


“Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown

"Tough Customer" by Sandra Brown

“Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown

Title/Author: “Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown

Genre: Suspense

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: Dodge has to be my favorite Sandra Brown character. He is grouchy and crude and deeply flawed, but strangely lovable. You can’t help but root for him as he tries to protect the woman he loves and the daughter he hardly knows.

“Heading Out to Wonderful” by Robert Goolrick

"Heading Out to Wonderful" by Robert Goolrick

“Heading Out to Wonderful” by Robert Goolrick

Title/Author: “Heading Out to Wonderful” by Robert Goolrick

Genre: Lyrical yet suspenseful fiction

Rating: 5+ out of 5

WV Reader Review: Goolrick has a great command of the English language. With few words he describes a wide world. The story contains elements of trust and betrayal, lust and violence. What happens one afternoon becomes a tale told long into the future.