Review: THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR by Chris Bradford

The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, #1) 
Chris Bradford
368 pages
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: March 3rd, 2009
Source: ARC from Library
Rating:  LOVED

Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates.

Rescued by a legendary master swordsman and brought under his wing, Jack begins the grueling physical and psychological training needed to become a samurai. Life at Samurai school is fraught with difficulty for Jack who is bullied and treated as an outcast.

With his friend the remarkable, beautiful Akiko at his side and all the courage he can muster, Jack has to prove himself. Will he be able to face deadly rivals and challenges that will test him to his very limits?

For the past two years, Jack Fletcher has been a rigging monkey on a British ship. Jack’s father, the ship’s navigator, has been teaching him all he know-hows, through his Rutter – a very valuable book of maps, charts, and notes on all uncharted lands and oceans. While searching for a mysterious land known as the Japans, a fierce storm forces the ship onto a dangerous bay open to both ninja and samurai attacks. After fixing the ship and heading back out to sea, the ship is then attacked by “shadows” and in the following battle, Jack’s father along with the rest of the crew, is murdered by a ruthless ninja sent to steal the Rutter.

With nothing but his dad’s Rutter, half-dead Jack washes upon the shores of Japan. He is soon rescued by Masamoto-San, one of Japan’s greatest samurai. At first, Jack is terrified. He can not communicate and has no knowledge of Japenese customs. However, he quickly becomes friends with Akiko, Masamoto-San’s neice who teaches him the language and how to fit in.

Soon, Jack is deemed ready to join the Masamoto household and is sent to samurai school where he will learn the Way of the Warrior. While at the school, Jack is bullied and called names and has to do a lot of hard work to fit in.

This was a great book that black belt Chris Bradford put much effort in and I recommend it to both boys and girls. The Japanese and martial arts in this book is very detailed. I can’t wait to read the second book, The Way of the Sword.

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This review was written by my 12 year old brother :) Be sure to leave him a comment!


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January 14, 2011



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    Lis Carey

    January 15, 2011

    A great review, and it sounds like a fun book. Thank you!

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    January 15, 2011

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    January 15, 2011

    Great review. I love books that get younger boys to read. I think a lot of literature is geared more towards females so I'm always on the look out for books geared towards both or boys in specific.

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    Myra C

    January 15, 2011

    Great review, I will have to add it to my books to read list!

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    January 16, 2011

    Nice review! It sounds action-y.

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    February 9, 2013

    This sounds like it's full of action!! I need those every now and then.