Monday, 26 March 2012

Young Samurai: The Ring of Wind by Chris Bradford (Children's, 9 years +)

March 2012, Puffin
356 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: pirates, samurai code & customs, ninja fighting, female pirates, a monkey with attitude, foes who defy death, mystical events, real & fake dragons, solid friendships, betrayal, keeping promises, lots of violence, some blood,

Summary from Puffin
Ambushed by the Shogun's samurai, Jack and his friends have only one hope of escape - the Seto Sea. But with ferocious storms, man-eating sharks and ninja pirates at every turn, their chosen route is fraught with danger.

A treacherous crew only adds to their problems as they flee south from a ruthless samurai sea lord. Unless Jack can harness the Ring of Wind, he and his friends are destined for a watery grave . . .
Nayuleska's thoughts

Somehow I'd managed to think this was the last book in the series right up until the end. No wonder it was open ended! I've read books 1 & 2, and didn't feel as though I'd missed out on too much with the well placed summaries. There were times when I was a bit disinterested in Jack because I prefer girl protagonists, some parts of the book felt repetitive - although there were big differences in the fights, the finer points of fighting were similar. I have to stress I think it's just my personal preferences for books. The plot twists were well executed and leave me wondering how it all will end. This is a 7/10 read, with lovely short chapters that help keep the pace fast.

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Suggested read

Start at the beginning of the series, which includes book 2 Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword.

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