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Blood Ninja Paperback – August 31, 2010
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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 ›
Actually, that seems a lot more fun than this book, which is why I could not take it seriously. There doesn't seem to be a very accurate historcal reference, which makes it just a lot of made up nonsense to me. If I wanted crazy and funny, I'd just watch the anime I mentioned. I just couldn't take this for the supposed serious piece it is. Maybe if I hadn't watched that anime first!
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Well written. Enjoyed it a lot. It was an easy and enjoyable read for anytime of the day or whilst in bed at night.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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