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Sisters of the Sword 2: Chasing the Secret Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 27, 2009

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The second book of the Sisters of the Sword series, set in ancient Japan, begins where the first one left off: with Kimi and Hana hiding from their murderous uncle Hidehira in a school for budding samurai. But then their beloved teacher dies, and Hidehira's appearance at the school for the funeral forces them to flee once more. Although the elements of the overall plotline can be predictable, the particulars of this series rarely are. For instance, early on, the girls are fearful their uncle will open and read a message for their mother. In many books, he'd be foiled or interrupted, but not here. He realizes the girls' identity, and instead of a rather dreary wait for the reveal, the action begins immediately as the girls flee. In fact, the whole book is full of action—lots of running, climbing, crashing, and fighting—sometimes at the expense of actual plot. Still, the girls are worthy heroines, and if the book's ending is abrupt, it will only make readers want more. Grades 5-8. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Praise for Sisters of the Sword:“Vivid characters, intruiging conflicts…a suspenseful, satisfying read.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“This rousing new series starts off with a bang, or more accurately, the silent thrust of a sword…the dangerous finale smoothly leads into the next book.” (ALA Booklist )
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  • Series: Sisters of the Sword (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061243906
  • ASIN: B003B652LW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,478,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In SISTERS OF THE SWORD, twin sisters Hana and Kimi were wrenched violently out of the world they knew when their uncle, Hidehira, brutally slaughtered their father and older brothers in order to usurp their father's claim as samurai lord.

Hana and Kimi escaped, as did their mother and their young brother, but the four became separated. For Hana and Kimi, the only hope of survival is to disguise themselves as young boys and seek safety in the martial arts training school, or dojo, of the insightful Master Goku.

They befriend fellow student Tatsuya, who, along with Master Goku, is the only one to know their secret. Things are going well, until Hidehira's son attacks and "accidentally" kills Master Goku in a competition, leaving Hana and Kimi without their greatest ally.

This sequel to SISTERS OF THE SWORD picks up shortly after the previous volume leaves off, plunging sisters Hana and Kimi, as well as Tatsuya, straight into action as they fight to protect their identity from their uncle Hidehira while simultaneously trying to follow a series of clues leading to Hana and Kimi's mother. Along the way, they will be forced to prove their strength, both of body and mind, in order to outfight and outwit Hidehira's forces.

Since Hana and Kimi are back on the run, there's a lot more movement, and arguably a lot more action, in this book. But the characters are still the heart of the story, and they are all remarkably well-drawn. I especially enjoyed the subtle differences that emerged between the twin sisters, and the development of their friendship with Tatsuya.

The path of riddles they follow in order to find their mother is intricately crafted and had me second-guessing myself every other page.
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Format: Paperback
Gosh, how I love this series. Chasing the Secret starts up right where Sisters of the Sword left off, and it does not take long for the thrilling action that was so prominent in Sisters of the Sword to show up in here. This book was just as exciting as the first and did not disappoint me at all!

Kimi and Hana do not disappoint in this story. The kick-butt female samurais show up again and show those male samurais a thing or two. I loved how Kimi would get out of bad situation after bad situation, without it being over repetitive. The plot twists in this book are unexpected in a good way, and I have a feeling that one of them is leading up to Tatsuyu finding his father! -squeal-

This isn't just an action book, though. I learned a bit about how life was back in Japan back then. I'll admit that I learned more in Sisters of the Sword, but there are still a couple interesting tidbits in here.

And the ending made me so eager to read book three! Maya Snow absolutely rocks at writing endings so that you can't wait until you can read the next book. The only thing is...my library does not have book three. Poo.

So, if you haven't read this book, I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it. Like I said in Sisters of the Sword, even people who hate reading have a good chance of becoming hooked on this addicting series!
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By Warbird on December 3, 2010
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Second in a great series.

After the death of their teacher, Kimi and Hana learn that their mother and younger brother are alive and waiting for them. Kimi and Hana are forced to flee the school and race against their Uncle's men to find their mother and bro.

Their journey shows them the cruel suffering of their people due to their Uncles selfish rule. As well as the dangers of people to pretend to be kind, the gruff that are ready and willing to rebel, and the generosity of those who hardly have anything to give.

Their rescue of their family lead to a battle showing the extent of their Uncle military strength.
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A great book for young girls and boys a like, heck a great book for readers of young adult. I love books with strong female leads who kick butt. And this is just that, but it is also a tale of sisterly love and a fight to save one's family and friends. I'm glad I discovered these books! Fans of Tamora Pierce will definitely love this series!
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