Friday, 31 August 2012

8+: Young Samurai: Ring of Wind - Chris Bradford

Release Date: 01/03/12  
Jack Fletcher is battling the high seas. Ambushed by the Shogun's samurai, Jack and his friends have only one hope of escape - the Seto Sea. But with ferocious storms, man-eating sharks and ninja pirates at every turn, their chosen route is fraught with danger. A treacherous crew only adds to their problems as they flee south from a ruthless samurai sea lord. Unless Jack can harness the Ring of Wind, he and his friends are destined for a watery grave...This is Book 7 in the blockbuster "Young Samurai" series by Chris Bradford.  

Young Samurai is a guilty pleasure for me for a number of reasons. Firstly the author brings the full flavour of Japan to the modern young reader in much the same way that James Clavell did for adults. He promotes positive attributes and of course he gives the reader a solid story to engage them mentally and emotionally. Here in this title, he brings the gang of friends to the sea with a tale involving Dragon’s and Pirates alongside the usual threats from the Shogun’s unrelenting pursuit. Its wonderfully woven and when you add a magical writing style that gives the reader characters that they can associate with, makes this a series that’s hard to beat. All in a cracking story and one that really builds for the next one where the Ring saga is building towards it finale. 


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