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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Sold by:||Penguin Group|
|File size:||191 KB|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Andrew Matthews lives in Reading, England, with his wife, Sheena, and their cats. After a career as a high school English teacher, he became a full-time writer in 1994. Since then he has written more than 50 books.
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Way of the Warrior based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
personal response:I really enjoy samurai stories and martial arts movies, so I expected that I would like this book. I was right. Unfortunately, the characters are not thoroughly developed at times, but this is easily explained by the length of the story.It is very interesting to watch Jimmu learn that things that seem so apparent are not always right.There is enough action to keep the story interesting, but not too much as to make the case that the time period was all fighting. Certain scenes are violently graphic, but as this is a historical fiction piece, this is perfectly acceptable. If the violence had been toned down I would have questioned the cultural authenticity and usefulness.curricular connections:This would be a perfect book to go along with any study of feudal japan.
Jimmu is orphaned at 10 years of age when his mother drinks poison and his father commits seppuku. His raised by his father's swordsman, raised to hate the man who is supposed to have caused the deaths of his parents. His only mission in life is to kill Lord Ankan.Jimmu makes his way to Mitsukage Castle and manages to get into the castle and an assignment as a guard. Thus begins Jimmu's opportunity to avenge the deaths of his parents.Ordinarily I am not much on samurai storylines, I like the martial arts movies better. However, it seemed like an interesting story and hey it is one that could be read very quickly. Even if the characters were not that well developed, I enjoyed meeting the various people who made an impact on Jimmu psychological and emotional growth. There was not as much action as perhaps the reader might expect, the story was more of a character study and the changes that take place in Jimmu and how he views his situation. I would definitely recommend this to a youngster who is looking for a good, quick read.