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Posted March 20, 2012
Emily Kane is a martial arts star and the book opens with a d
Emily Kane is a martial arts star and the book opens with a demonstration of her prowess at the dojo where she trains. I have no knowledge at all of martial arts but the descriptions felt authentic and accurate and set the scene nicely for the story. Emily is a 17 year old girl, a loner who has a close relationship with her father. She lives on a large estate where her father works as a chauffeur/body guard and also likes to spend time hiking the surrounding woods and surviving on the land.
When the estate and the people who live there are attacked Emily witnesses the violence and goes to her father's aid and here the real story starts as, in the aftermath, she learns of family secrets and ongoing danger.
Suddenly Emily is alone and looking out for herself whilst trying to understand her past and avoid those who would hurt her.
The book moves at a good pace and is an easy read. I found Emily's extremely loyal schoolfriends, after the attack, a little surprising as they did not seem to fit into the picture of her I had built up to that point. Perhaps a slower reliance and interaction with her contemporaries would have felt more 'right.' Also the fight scenes seemed almost magical and Emily 'superhuman' (Scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon came to mind) and I still haven't made up my mind whether this was the author's intention. That may be my lack of of knowledge but I assume it would be difficult for a young girl (at any level of expertise) to fight off four men at once!
All in all an enjoyable and different story.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review
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