The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the book that I have looked forward to since finishing the first three books in the series. Reading them back to back would have been wonderful, but waiting for this release did not allow me to to recall and enjoy the detail in the first story.
In the three book build-up we learn the outcomes of Takeo’s fate. His family life brewing turmoil, his country at the brink of war, and his secrets returning to affect all those he loves – Takeo resolve is truly tested in this story.
This book takes a really long time to get to a good ending. I’m not being critical, the story is paced so that you really understand what issues the characters are feeling. The in between time is spend exploring what the peripheral characters are doing, which allows the reader to try and guess the ending.
For: The author has an outstanding skill of weaving a cohesive story.
Against: Its book 4 of 4, so don’t grab it alone. You need to read the other books to get some of the references.
Score: 8.5/10, but the series is almost perfect.
If you like strong female characters (such as in Daughter of the Empire) then this will be an excellent find.