Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

Across the Nightingale Floor

A murderous warlord lives in an impregnable fortress. Fearing assassination, he builds a floor that 'sings' like a nightingale at the slightest pressure. No human can cross it without being heard.

Enter a young man with special talents, brought up by a reclusive group in the mountains known as The Hidden; and Kaeda, a beautiful girl whom he falls in love with, but can never possess.

Across the Nightingale Floor is an evocative fantasy that recreates the atmosphere of medieval Japan quite beautifully. It is written for the Young Adult market, but contains adult themes of forbidden desire, revenge and death.

This unusual book is part of the 'Otori' series by Lian Hearn.