The Harsh Cry of The Heron – Lian Hearn

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

“…and I fear far more…for my children, and my wife, and for my land and people.”

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Review in English:

Do any of you still remember Otori Trilogy? Do any of you wonder, what happen then? Will Takeo’s reign last forever?

Well, here’s a book who will answer all those questions. The Harsh Cry of The Heron, a story that sets 16 years later, the time when after years and years of peace and happiness, that balance may finally be shaken.

Personally, reading this book has made me feel so conflicted. The story keeps growing on you, makes it impossible to put down. The conflicts getting thicker and thicker on each chapter, and as we all love Takeo so much, the readers will have drawn into emotion deeper and deeper, following his sorrow, his dreams, and his desperation.

Yeah….this is not the story of heroes, this is the story of defending the peace. Something, that apparently, couldn’t last forever. Well, without further a due, I’ll present you the preview:

Takeo and Kaede have successfully spreading and maintaining the peace of Three Countries for 16 years. They have 3 kids, and all girls. Shigeko, the oldest, and her sister, the twins, Maya and Miki. Takeo and Kaede rule the country as equal, creating a merger between masculinity and femininity. However, they can never run from the wheel of fate. Old secrets surfacing, revenge lurking closer and closer, and heart break turns into betrayal. Although Heaven gives all signs that it blesses Takeo, Heaven’s net is wide, and will Takeo sustain it, or will he forced to roll under the wheel?

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Resensi dalam Bahasa (edited):

Kata orang, akhir hanyalah awal yang baru, begitu juga dengan kisah Klan Otori!

Akhir cerita Otori di Brilliance of The Moon memang sudah menutup satu babak panjang perjuangan Takeo dan Kaede, tapi pertanyaan-pertanyaan bermunculan, “Apa yang terjadi setelah itu?”

The Harsh Cry Of The Heron menceritakan petualangan baru Takeo dan Kaede, 16 tahun setelah mereka pertama resmi memerintah Tiga Negara. Setelah berhasil membangun dan menyebarkan kedamaian, kali ini, kedamaian itu terusik dan roda nasib mulai berputar ke bawah.

Bagi yang sangat menyukai kisah-kisah Klan Otori, membaca buku ini akan menjadi suatu dilemma sendiri, karena ceritanya membawa begitu banyak konflik-konflik baru yang membuat buku ini sangat menarik dan sama sekali tidak kehilangan pesonanya. Kamu akan dibawa untuk menyelami emosi Takeo, kesedihannya, mimpinya, dan keresahannya.

The Harsh Cry of The Heron bukanlah cerita tentang heroisme, tapi cerita perjuangan mempertahankan kedamaian, yang sayangnya, tidak bisa abadi. Ini dia cuplikannya:

Takeo dan Kaede telah berhasil menyebarkan kedamaian di Tiga Negara, rakyat mencintainya, tingkat kesejahteraan naik dan terjaga berkat keahlian diplomatis pasangan ini. Takeo dan Kaede menggabungkan dua unsur maskulin dan feminin dengan sempurna, memerintah secara setara dan saling mendukung. Takeo dikaruniai 3 anak perempuan, yaitu Shigeko si sulung, dan dua adik kembarnya, Maya dan Miki. Namun mereka tidak bisa lari dari kejaran nasib, dan roda mulai berputar turun. Rahasia-rahasia lama naik permukaan, dendam yang terkubur mendekat mengintai, dan kisah patah hati menjadi pengkhianatan. Mampukah Takeo mempertahankan kedamaian dengan restu Surga, ataukah ia dipaksa untuk tergulung roda nasib?

 

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