Fate dealt a heavy blow to Kai-Ling before she was even born. The death of her father, a man she never knew, haunted her every day as she grew up. Struck down in the prime of his life, Kai-Ling's father was never able to know his daughter. He was never able to watch her grow up or give her the love only a father could. Now that the first part of her journey is behind her, Kai-Ling is ready to face her destiny. Using the skills, training and knowledge she has acquired, she is prepared to enact vengeance upon those who took him from her. How Kai-Ling handles the new challenges and pitfalls on her way to seeking revenge is a testament to everything she has learned.
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Battle Cry 2: Shadow of the Sword based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Great storytelling - Epic tale This book was just as riveting as the first, Battle Cry. The author's unique style of storytelling held my interest throughout the entire book. His details to the many challenges this young girl faced were so intense. The young girl's determination to find her father's killers was very moving and kept me turning the pages. I was completely surprised by the twist at the end of the story. Certainly didn't see that coming. I look forward to reading more of this JL Snyder's books.
Best served cold – A review of the novel ‘Battle Cry 2’ “Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.” – George R. R. Martin Author JL Snyder’s novel ‘Battle Cry 2’ takes forward the narrative of Kai-Ling, an adolescent samurai warrior introduced to the world in the first book Battle Cry. Tragedy struck her life even before she was born when her samurai father was murdered in America. She was then born and brought up in Japan under the watchful eyes of her uncle who imparted warrior’s discipline and Katana fighting skills in her. But the fire that grew unabated to seek vengeance on her father’s killers was all her own. Having mastered her fighting skills, she goes to America to confront the savages who took her future away from her. Although subject wise the book treads on heavy and dark themes, the treatment of its narrative is quite light and seems to keep in mind the targeted younger audience. This can be seen across the book, be it in the description of the action scenes and the gore or the language the characters use when they are angry. While the first book was all about Kai-Ling’s journey; here she has to deal with the people and truths that she was searching for her whole life. And she has to deal with this confrontation from day one until she finds absolution from her past. Just like the first book, here too there are only a few characters giving company to Kai-Ling in the narrative. The characters are not only varied in appearance but also realistic in their presentation. But the book truly does belong to Kai-Ling, the pint sized dynamite. She’s not a finished product by any means and is someone still learning to keep her emotions in check and perfect her fighting skills. It’s her courage, dexterity and an ethical code that she adheres to while fighting that makes her stand apart. The story in Battle Cry 2 lacks the intensity or purposefulness that we saw in the first book, but it’s the strong characterizations that drives the narrative. JL Snyder does well with the action scenes, which are both innovative and imaginative. The description of the place and the environment from a historical perspective too gets a thumbs up. The animations and sketches in the book are simple and evocative. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy reading about samurais and like anime style plotting and storytelling.