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Girl Takes The Oath (An Emily Kane Adventure) (Volume 5) Paperback – August 19, 2014
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For some, she may be just one. I believe Em is many things and struggled to comprehend her inner self while fully understanding her whole. Mr. Antoine draws a multidimensional picture reflecting the complexity of Michiko/Emily, beloved daughter, pseudo-mother, friend, enemy, protector, accused traitor, staunch ally.
Enjoy another masterfully crafted story of the give and take of life and ultimately the struggles and triumphs of one of many facets.
I'm also confused at the response of the US Naval Academy to what's going on (using present tense because I'll be hanging here until Book 6 comes out). I'm good with suspending disbelief over her capabilities, but accepting how the US Government reacts is stretching it.
Martial arts with characters, plot and excellent writing. As the heroine progresses through times and problems she grows up from a teanager to a young adult. Suitable for a teenager. No sex and the violence tends to be neither graphic or glamorized. Like many martial arts stories, the plot is not possible in many ways. But if you accept that you are reading fantasy set in today's world, you are in for a fun ride.
When I finished this one my first thought was, I wonder if the author is working on another book. This series or something else, I expect that I will buy it as soon as I notice it is out.
The issue of where Emily's fantastic abilities come from has been raised by other reviewers. Is it just her training? Is it genetic engineering from her mother's accident? Is it a supernatural link due to her heredity? It is still a mystery in the series, but I have my own opinion (Answer: Obvious to me, but withheld as possible spoiler).
The story is great and the editing professional. I noted one plot point where Theo's location was possibly a little unclear, but other than that, I found no problems. Initially presented as a YA series for young girls, Emily Kane Adventures has grown and entertains most ages. I recommend it highly.
A couple things stop me from giving a fifth star, but those may be personal biases and shouldn't reflect on anyone else's enjoyment of the series.
First, the initial book(s) set the hook with genetic manipulation; standard enough in the world of fiction, and thoroughly resolved by the statement of one of the antagonists: "There is no magic, only training." (Or words to that effect). Emily isn't awesome because she's some super-secret gene-enhanced non-human killing machine. She's awesome because she's been training since she could walk and has not only natural aptitude, but the drive and dedication to excel.
Following books contradict that simple but necessary truth, and suddenly Emily *is* more than human. She may even be a goddess. For me, this seriously detracts from her accessability as a character. Suddenly it isn't, "If you want it, sweat for it, and you can do it, too!" but rather, "Only the daughter of a goddess...or a deva...can be this awesome." She's no longer an inspiration or role model, because no mortal can aspire to equal her.
Second...Emily is pretty stupid and selfish. Honestly. She's all the time whining about how she can't have any friends because *whine*whine*whine*...but what friends she does have, she pushes away because she wants to "protect" them. Someone really needs to give the author an idea of what friends really are. Emily seems to think they're some sort of automatic toy she can turn off when it's not convenient for her. She is *always* sending her friends away, trying to get them to keep her distance in order to protect them. Obviously, Emily knows everything about everyone and anything. She's a goddess, yep. Friendship, Mr Antoine, is a two-way street. It has to be. You give something of yourself to friends, and they reply in kind. Emily can't have any friends because she's an arrogant idiot who is better than everyone and no one else can possibly be of use to her...or so she apparently thinks.
And no amount of dwelling on the depth of her eyes or the calmness and stability of her features is going to change that. Emily started out wonderfully human, but the past couple books have turned her into someone far different, for no good reason. She's still an interesting character, but not nearly as endearing as she was when introduced.
Because now she's not a girl who kicks butt. Now she's a goddess...or something...that kicks butt. And that's a lot less interesting.