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Posted January 7, 2011
This book was very good in my opinion. It always kept me on my toes about who the murderer really was. Even though the reading level was a little low I would still recommend it to all ages. It was written by both Dorthy and Thomas Hoobler so it odviously is a good book its one out of a series of 3 and from what ive heard the other two are just as good. Its full of adventure and curiousity, The visuality of this book is amazing its so easy to keep up and not get lost trying to figure out whats going on. So you have to read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2010
Great start, great plot, and a great history lesson in it!
It's a fairly well written book, and although you do get the solution as to who the culprit was, the main question was: why they did what they did. It was certainly interesting and it focused a lot more on Seikei and how he managed to help Judge Ooka capture the thief and find out the real reasons why the crime was done the way it was done. I think it was well written due to the fact that it paid close attention to detail and it was filled with good amounts of description to give the reader the feel for the time period and how it was like back then. It provided the reader with several tidbits of background information, so the reader won't be lost in all the historical aspects of the book. However it's well done so that you do end up getting a mini history lesson without being overwhelmed with information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Although a mystery, it also did focus on the development and growing maturity in Seikei. Dreaming of becoming a samurai, he gets taught by several characters on how to behave and even fight like one. His behavior develops from a dreamy boy to someone slightly more mature and takes this samurai business more seriously. Although geared towards younger children, there are certain parts of the book where it seems more appropriate for young adults instead. That's just my opinion about it though.
The plot was well done. It mixes the element of paranormal and with mystery and has it's similarities with Sherlock Holmes where there's always a logical explanation to everything. Judge Ooka steps up on this aspect and is shown to be a character with a quiet form of intelligence and stays in the background while Seikei does the actual work himself. In many ways they compliment each other perfectly and make a great mystery solving team.
Overall, I'm definitely picking up the next book after this one. This series has a great potential and has done a good job with this book. Pick this up for a good quick mystery read, with a small history lesson of Japan under Shogun rule.
Posted June 13, 2007
full of action
There was a lot of action in this book especially when Seiki is trying to get a job with the traveling Kabuki Theater and he sees Totomi and the others perform for food in the street and it is like they are really battling. Mr. and Mrs. Hoobler are very descriptive. I want to read all of their books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2005
A very good book, and very different. The story line is pretty well written. It starts with a tea merchants son wanting to be a samuri, which is a very different in ancient Japan. But it comes true you know in a story it has to, but for the character it's quite a shock. The only problem I had with it was in all books the hero is almost always a sort of rebel. So it gets predictable. However it is really a page turner, a very good historical thriller. I could hardly put it down which was hard as it was a school book .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.