The Way of the Warrior [NOOK Book]


Jimmu is haunted by his father’s suicide. Vowing vengeance on the man responsible, Jimmu masters the skill of the samurai and secures a position among the lord’s guards. But the closer Jimmu comes to fulfilling his dark destiny, the more tangled he becomes in the truth of his father’s death.
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The Way of the Warrior

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Jimmu is haunted by his father’s suicide. Vowing vengeance on the man responsible, Jimmu masters the skill of the samurai and secures a position among the lord’s guards. But the closer Jimmu comes to fulfilling his dark destiny, the more tangled he becomes in the truth of his father’s death.
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KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
In 16th-century Japan, a war-torn era when warlords fought each other for supremacy, ten-year-old Jimmu is suddenly without parents and without a home. His father, believing that he has brought disgrace on the family, commits seppuku (ritual suicide), and his mother kills herself as well. The father's most trusted samurai, a stern man named Nichiren, is now in charge of Jimmu. Nichiren brings Jimmu up believing his father was framed by the powerful Lord Ankan—and that Jimmu must one day avenge his father's death. After years of training in fighting skills, Jimmu, now 17, goes to Lord Ankan's castle saying he wants to be a samurai, hoping to get close enough to his adversary to kill him. Gradually, however, he comes to admire Lord Ankan rather than despise him, and he starts to care for his lovely, spirited teenaged daughter, too. Can Jimmu still bring himself to kill the man he believes to be his enemy? Lots of samurai action and suspense make this historical novel an involving read, and the cover, with its depiction of a samurai warrior in a fighting stance, will help attract readers. A brief author's note explains that some incidents are based on the 1572 Battle of Mikata ga Hara, and a helpful list of characters is included. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Gr 7-10

In 1565, when Jimmu is 10 years old, he witnesses his father commit seppuku, a ritual suicide, to avoid bringing dishonor to his family. Before he dies, Lord Kensu tells his son that his bodyguard will now be responsible for his upbringing. Jimmu spends the next seven years learning the art of the samurai at Nichiren's side, with the sole intention of avenging his father by killing Lord Ankan, the man Nichiren blames for betraying Lord Kensu and taking from Jimmu all that was rightfully his. Jimmu reports to Mitsukage Castle under the pretense of wanting to work for Lord Ankan, and, impressing the captain of the guard with his swordsmanship, is allowed to stay. But as Jimmu gets to know Lord Ankan, he finds him to be a principled and courageous leader rather than the monster that Nichiren described. Complicating matters further, Jimmu is drawn to Lord Ankan's impetuous daughter. The resulting story is an honest and engaging portrayal of a young man's struggle to do the right thing-even when it is not clear what that is. The cast of characters includes Tokugawa Ieyasu and Oda Nobunaga, two renowned military leaders from the Sengoku period. The vivid depictions of a soldier's life in 16th-century Japan will captivate samurai enthusiasts, and the amount of action that Matthews packs into this relatively short novel will appeal to reluctant readers.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101157381
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/13/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 187 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Matthews was a 1994 Smarties Book Prize nominee. He lives in Reading, England.

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