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Blood Ninja Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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I like all the things you like, and I hate all the things you hate. I swear.
I live in a picture-postcard village in Oxfordshire, protected by trip-wires, boobytraps and a fat, lazy tomcat. Life in a picture-postcard village is very nice, but it's a bit two-dimensional.
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Since I got this book from Vine, I felt I needed to read it myself, to be able to give a fair review. So I read it after my son. It is a classic YA tale: Humble fisherboy stumbles into a previously unknown world and his own secret past, and becomes a ninja warrior. Even within that (to me) trite context though, I enjoyed the story. It's well paced and well written, and (as a lover of Shogun and similar) I really loved the feudal Japan references and details. It was pretty bloody, and a little predictable, so if it were an adult book I would give it probably 4 stars from my own perspective. But it's not marketed to me, so I give it what the target audience felt it merited - 5 stars.
BOTTOM LINE: Very appealing to teenaged boys, lots of interesting Japanese historical details, and not a bad read even for a middle-aged mom like me.
Taro is a fisherman's son. At least that is what he is raised to believe. He is in for a rude surprise when a group of ninjas descend on his house and murder his father. One of the ninjas, Shusaku, is different though and tries to save Taro. Shusaku fails as Taro is run-through with a sword. Suddenly Taro must make a choice as his life ebbs from the wound in his stomach. Will he let Shusaku turn him into a vampire and "live" or will he die? He chooses to "live" and suddenly Taro, his best friend Hiro, and Shusaku are off on a journey that will make Taro question everything he knows about the world and himself.
There was a lot I liked about this book. The amount of Japanese history dwelling within the pages of this story is amazing. Lake really did his research and gives great detail on various aspects of Japanese history. It was fascinating to read about ninjas in the context of actual Japanese history. I am not sure how accurate all the historical details are (it would have been nice for the author to include an afterward addressing this) but they are well thought-out and seem to be well researched. The other thing I really liked about this book was the moral struggles Taro was forced to face and question. Taro comes from a world where Lord Oda is god and samurai are the noblest men he knows, ninjas are to be despised as sneaks.Read more ›
This is different.
If you like Japanese history - if you like accurate descriptions of feudal Japanese warriors - if you like a story that has twists...then this is the book for you.
The book starts out with Taro, a boy who dreams of one day breaking free of his peasant life and becoming a noble samurai under Lord Oda Nobunaga. Early in life, Taro's courageous nature and his uncanny archery skills are noticed by his fellow villagers. Rumors are whispered that Taro might be part spirit - rumors that Taro and his best friend Hiro laugh off. The idea that Taro is part-spirit seems as ridiculous and unfounded as the rumors of the local kyuuketsuki - a mythical, deadly demon who hunts humans for prey.
In one terrible night, Taro's beliefs are all swept away and he is forced into a new life of shadows and stealth. Becoming a ninja was the last thing Taro had wanted - but it is ultimately the only thing that will save himself and his friends.
This book really brought Japan to life. It was as if I was stepping into the scenes and walking through the ornate gardens, smelling the salty sea air, feeling the rough rocky road beneath my feet. The descriptions alone would make the book a worthy purchase.
Taro, Hiro and Shusaku are really well-developed characters - in fact, all the characters are very deep. Nick Lake is brilliant in this respect: every character feels real and has real passions and fears. The evil Kira is the perfect bad guy: a man who seems unstoppable, but allows his neurotic fears to draw attention to weak points.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fast paced book with interesting characters and loads of action. An interesting take on ninjas and the added twist of the supernatural was quite entertainingPublished on November 30, 2013 by Vikram Jayanand
So, I started this book with very low expectations, but there was such an interesting premise I wound up not putting it down. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by jdmille
I love this book it is perfect!!!!!!!! Very fun scary and so much more I was on the edge of my seat the whole timePublished on May 29, 2013 by jbvvvb
I was hoping to get a historical treatment of old Japan with some interesting Ninja fighting. I just couldn't take this book seriously when they did the whole vampire Ninja... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Courtland J. Carpenter
Great action always keept me going easily one of the greatest books I've ever read there was no dead points eitherPublished on December 31, 2012 by Grant Blackford
I devoured this book! It totally makes sense that all ninjas are vampires (but not all vampires are ninjas). I love the whole destined for greatness thing, too. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by PJgamers