‘Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword’ by Chris Bradford

The book I chose for the FaB Challenge, The Way of the Sword, is part of the Young Samurai series and is the sequel of The Way of the Warrior. This book is set in Japan, in the year 1612. In this book, Jack Fletcher, who came from England to Japan as a rigging monkey on-board a trading ship, The Alexandria, trains to become a Samurai in Niten Ichi Ryū. To defeat Dragon Eye, a ninja who killed his father, he must master the Two Heavens technique, the trademark technique of Masamoto Takeshi, his foster father and the creator of the Niten Ichi Ryū. For that, he must pass the Circle of Three, where only 5 candidates are selected from the whole school. Unless he masters the Way of the Sword, he cannot protect his father’s rutter, a navigational logbook that describes safe routes across the oceans of the world, from Dragon Eye.

My favourite character is Masamoto Takeshi, because he was nearly undefeatable. I really liked the book except for the cliffhanger at the end. I would suggest this book for younger readers who have interest in Japnaese culture.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5.

Reviewed by Girish V. S.


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