Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior is the first book in this blockbuster series by Chris Bradford
August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates.
Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins.
But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast.
With courage in his heart and his sword held high, can Jack prove himself and face his deadliest rival yet?
'A fantastic adventure that floors the reader on page one and keeps them there until the end' - Eoin Colfer
***You can learn more about Chris Bradford and his books at www.youngsamurai.com.***
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This fast-paced adventure follows 12-year-old Jack Fletcher, a crew member on an English ship bound for the mysterious islands of Japan in 1611. After ninja pirates attack and kill almost everyone aboard—including Jack’s father—the boy is taken in by a renowned swordsman and trained in his benefactor’s samurai school to help in the battle against the evil ninja lord Dragon Eye. Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior—the first instalment in a popular series for young readers—is an exciting and informative introduction to medieval Japanese culture and martial arts, featuring a brave and likable hero.
Debut author Bradford comes out swinging in this fast-paced adventure set in medieval Japan, the first in the projected Young Samurai trilogy. Twelve-year-old Jack Fletcher has gained a reputation aboard a British merchant vessel as an agile rigging monkey. But after Japanese ninja murder the entire crew, including his father, Jack is left alone and injured to cope with strange customs and indecipherable language. When he shows his fortitude and cleverness, however, a powerful samurai adopts him and sends him to learn the ways of Japan's warrior class. Jack's story alone makes for a page-turner, but coupling it with intriguing bits of Japanese history and culture, Bradford produces an adventure novel to rank among the genre's best. The intricate and authentic descriptions of martial arts contests will hold readers spellbound. Just as potent for many readers, though, are the outright hatred and prejudice Jack faces as a gaijin, or foreigner, while he attempts to master an elaborate code of honor. This book earns the literary equivalent of a black belt. Ages 10 up.
I love this book!
This book is absolutely brilliant! I've only just started reading it, but
I already love it. My friend told me about this book, and about how it inspired her to start training to be a samurai, and I bought this in hoping it would do the same for me! It turns out it has. If you are considering on buying this book, you should!
This book is a good read.. Interesting characters and you will learn a thing or two about Japanese history and customs..
A must read, amazing series !