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Senshi (Katana Series #2)
     

Senshi (Katana Series #2)

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by Cole Gibsen
 

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Is Rileigh’s only hope for salvation to team up with her sworn enemy?

Rileigh Martin just wants to do normal teenage things like go on romantic dates with Kim, her boyfriend and past-life soul mate. Although that seems impossible when she’s the reincarnation of Senshi, a fifteenth-century samurai warrior. After a ninja ambush leaves

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Is Rileigh’s only hope for salvation to team up with her sworn enemy?

Rileigh Martin just wants to do normal teenage things like go on romantic dates with Kim, her boyfriend and past-life soul mate. Although that seems impossible when she’s the reincarnation of Senshi, a fifteenth-century samurai warrior. After a ninja ambush leaves her unable to control her ki powers, Rileigh vows to get them under control before her friends lose more than their eyebrows. But when Kim leaves her for his past-life betrothed and the other samurai stop talking to her, Rileigh realizes she doesn’t have any friends left to worry about.

As the ninja attacks increase, Rileigh learns that the reincarnated kunoichi, a powerful female ninja, wants to kill her in order to reclaim her destructive powers. Alone and with increasingly unstable powers, Rileigh’s only offer of help comes from Whitley, her sworn past-life enemy. Rileigh knows she doesn’t stand a chance against the kunoichi by herself, but Whitley’s sudden allegiance might be hiding a much deadlier agenda.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Senshi and Yoshido were powerful samurai in 15th-century Japan. Murdered by one of their own, their souls spent 500 years searching for one another. Finally, Senshi was reincarnated as Rileigh, Yoshido as Kim, and they were reunited, overcoming evil forces to be together again. Only it hasn't exactly been a fairy-tale ending. Ninja attacks are escalating-and they seem to be especially focused on killing Rileigh. Typically Rileigh would love a good fight, but she's having trouble controlling her ki, the power that flows from her soul. Then her heart shatters along with any control she had left when Kim does the unthinkable and chooses Sumi, who claims to be his reincarnated betrothed, over her. Her new friends and band of samurai warriors are also giving her the cold shoulder, probably to avoid the post-breakup fallout. You'd think that would be enough for any girl samurai to take, but it seems that Whitley, her arch nemesis and ex-boyfriend, didn't die in the fiery inferno as everyone assumed. Whitley's alive and wants to team up. Rileigh may be forced to take Whitley up on his offer in order to save the world. Gibsen's action-filled sequel to Katana (Flux, 2012) puts Rileigh center stage once again, but the secondary characters are fleshed out enough to lend credibility to their actions and to the story line. The plot moves quickly and weaves in romance, teen angst, and samurai vs. ninja fighting sequences. Fans of the first novel won't be disappointed, though readers who pick this one up without reading Katana first may be a bit lost.—Heather E. Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
Rileigh, or Senshi as she was once known, is a sassy high school girl in love with her boyfriend, Kim. It just so happens that her relationship with Kim has spanned 500 years--Rileigh is a powerful, reincarnated samurai warrior. What begins as a date with the love of Rileigh's many lives suddenly turns into a booty-kicking battle against ninjas. Next, Rileigh's samurai nemesis, Whitley, whom she left for dead in the last book, Katana (2012), starts lurking around. Moreover, her friends seem to be in the grip of sinister mind control as Rileigh finds herself having to fight off surprise ninja attacks at every turn. But the real tragedy is that Kim suddenly dumps her for his thought-to-be-dead betrothed from the 1400s. Riding the subplot of teen romance, the story's forward motion occasionally gets bogged down by repetition. Most interesting are the infrequent flashback chapters of Senshi in Japan when she's on the verge of becoming a 15th-century courtesan. Eventually, the mastermind behind the havoc is discovered, and Rileigh must join forces with friends she thought foes and foes she thought friends in order to destroy the villain and save her life and her love. Never terribly fraught or demanding, but with a twisty plot and death-defying action, this romance delivers teen yearning with martial arts kicks. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738732619
Publisher:
North Star Editions
Publication date:
03/08/2013
Series:
Katana Series , #2
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
906,082
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Cole Gibsen has been profiled in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis's KSDK morning news, and was featured in The Telegraph for her debut novel, Katana. She graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with an associate's degree in liberal arts, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Gibsen lives with her husband and daughter outside St. Louis in Collinsville, Illinois.

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Senshi 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life is like a merry-go-round <br> It spins and turns with glee <br> And as it turns around to astound <br> Will it stop for you or me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Quentin still Quentin? That's all I need to know...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it,I just don't really like how she left it. I can't wait for the next one (if there's going to be one). I've really become a fan of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago