I wish I were the first to notice, but alas, it s obvious and has been noted by others author Chris Bradford was channeling Harold Potter when he wrote this book Replace orphan Harry with orphan Jack Fletcher, moving from Muggle Land to Wizardry with moving from England to feudal Japan thanks to a shipwreck In place of Dumbledore, insert Masamoto, Master Samurai, and swap Hogwarts for Niten Ichi Ryu, a venerable school populated not with good and evil professors but with good and evil sensei More How about a funny friend Saburo, not Ron and a pretty friend who s a girl Akiko, not Hermione a bully here Kazuki, there Draco and a killer enemy out for our young hero not He That Shall Not Be Named, but Dragon Eye, a.k.a Dokugan Ryu.Not original, I admit, but still satisfying Why Two reasons Chiefly for the young though adult readers will enjoy the ride is the plot Yes, it s predictable and sometimes pushes the suspension bridge of disbelief, but it s what the people want And then, for adults though young readers will be willing to eat their mental vegetables, given the cheese sauce plot , a wonderful embedding of Japanese culture, history, and vocabulary Bradford knows his stuff, in other words, and he makes a point of making HIS appreciation of the Japanese OUR appreciation thanks to this book.Finally, good or bad, this is the first of gasp can you be LIEVE a series Yes, we can blame HARRY POTTER for a lot of this, but it s what the kids like and what the publishers like even how do you say money in Japanese.Overall, satisfying and educational And I, of course, liked the meditation teacher best, Sensei Yamada Keep your eye on that one He s bound to play a role in sequels. English boy shipwrecks in Japan get taken in by a Samurai family and learns Kubodo, this should have been right up my street The only problem is that it s been done before and so much better For anyone who has not read James Clavell s Sh gun you will enjoy this as an easy interesting read, but for those of you who have, this will be a poor lackluster copy that boarders on plagiarism view spoiler The first part of this book covers the journey of a Dutch ship piloted by an English man who uses a stolen Portuguese rutter to navigate to the fabled Japans, the ship gets wrecked and the only survivor gets taken in by a samurai family and cared for, he gets taught Japanese by Portuguese priest who hates him for being a English Protestant and he also get taught by a samurai girl, who can also speak English, who comes from an old but disgraced samurai family hide spoiler When I first heard about this book, I was like, WOW talk about a fantasy I ve had I so have to read this book It sure wasn t a disappointment either It s not very often I find a book that I just can t put down Right from the start I was invested in the main character, Jack Fletcher The whole story and how Jack behaved I could so relate to So many times in YA novels you read something and go yeah right No 12 year old would react like that I never felt like that while reading this book. Highly recommended to anyone that s into martial arts To see my review of other the books in this series, please use the links below Book Two The Way of the SwordBook Three The Way of the DragonBook Four The Ring of EarthBook Five The Ring of WaterBook Six The Ring of FireBook Seven The Ring of WindBook Eight The Ring of Sky Revenge is self defeating It will eat away you until there is nothing left The Way of the Warrior is the first in the young adult series Young Samurai, which formed my favourite series during my childhood I still enjoy it now upon rereads and love the culture that Bradford so vividly presents about the culture in feudal Japan.The main characters are students at a Samurai Warrior school, and the book includes the education they received, what classes were valued, and the status each accomplishment meant It is accompanied by an interesting plot consisting of student rivalries and school politics, and is an enjoyable introduction to the characters in the eight book series Tomorrow s victory is today s practice Although it can be seen as a children s book, I still thoroughly enjoy it and so does my older brother, Edward, who is 22, so adults can evidently enjoy it as well I recommend to any who take an interest in the Samurai culture, or specifically the education they received, or if you want your children to read a vivid historical fiction novel that is suitable. 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 Seorang bocah Inggris, Jack Fletcher, berusia 12 tahun, anak dari nahkoda kapal Alexandria John Fletcher Yang karena keadaan harus bertahan hidup di negeri asing bernama Jepang.Jack, beruntung diselamatkan oleh Keluarga Samurai di daerah Toba, Masamoto Dalam lingkungan Masamoto lha, Jack belajar banyak Belajar menjadi seorang samurai dan belajar memahami kehidupan Cerita dalam buku ini gampang sekali ditebak bagaimana akhirnya Tapi itu tak menyurutkan saya untuk melanjutkan membacanya Penulisnya sangat cermat meramu cerita, khususnya untuk bagian seni bela diri Penulisnya menggambarkan sangat detail, setiap gerakan kaki, badan, tangan, kepala betul betul autentik Layaknya saya sedang menonton film silat jepang dalam slow motion Selain itu banyak sekali petuah kuno samurai yang diterangkan penulis Yang mendasar adalah Bushido Jalan Kesatria yang dikenal dengan Tujuh Prinsipnya Tujuh Prinsip dalam bela diri samurai dan menjalani kehidupan, sehari hari yaitu Prinsip 1 Gi, Integritas adalah kemampuan untuk membuat keputusan yang benar dan keyakinan moral dan untuk bersikap adil dan sama kepada semua orang tanpa memedulikan ras, warna kulit, gender dan usia Prinsip 2 Yu, Keberanian adalah kemampuan untuk mengatasi setiap keadaab dengan keberanian dan keyakinan.Prinsip 3 Jin, Welas Asih adalah gabungan antara kasih sayang dan kemurahan hati.Prinsip 4 Rei, Hormat Prinsip ini berarti menghormati orang lain.Prinsip 5 Makoto, Kejujuran artinya bertingkah laku yang benar secara moral dan selalu melakukan hal hal dengan kemampuan terbaik.Prinsip 6 Meiyo, Martabat Dicapai dengan sikap positif dalam berpikir serta mengikuti perilaku yang tepat.Prinsip 7 Chungi, Kesetiaan adalah dasar dari semua prinsip tanpa dedikasi dan kesetiaan pada tugas yang sedang dikerjakan dan kepada sesama, seseorang tak dapat berharap mencapai hasil yang diinginkan.Tujuh prinsip itu hanya sebagian filosofi yang saya temukan dalam buku ini Masih ada banyak petuah petuah yang mungkin terasa simpel tapi memberikan efek luar biasa bagi yang membacanya cat diri saya sendiri Ini contohnyaTeman tidak dipisahkan oleh perbedaan Mereka justru bersatu karena perbedaan P 296Saya masih ingin belajar banyak dari kehidupan Para Samurai dari mata Chris Badford, jadi langsung lanjut baca buku ke duanya Kendo. The beginning did not grab me immediately and I was prioritising other books over this one but I do admit that I was hooked after few chapters Since I m a fan of Japan , this book was really entertaining since it revolves around Japan s traditions and cultures Im really grateful for my friend who lend me this book I might buy the rest of the trilogy 3 4.5 stars Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is important than fear So amazing, it had all the tropes in a book that I love So I loved it a lot Based on the feudal era Japan, this story takes off when a ship from England, searching for this mysterious land, catch up with a really nasty storm and ends up being dragged to a smaller piece of land While trying to repair the ship, they are attacked by Japanese pirates and all of them are killed except a twelve year boy named Jack who somehow survives Who is dragged to the land by a savior, he is a really looked up to Samurai of the village that s near this port His own son was killed by a ninja exactly two years ago, so he considers it a sign and takes Jack into his adoption Things happen and Jack is taken to the Samurai school in Kyoto, where he has to learn all the arts of being a Samurai while dealing with quite a lot of racism I just love myself a book with Japan I have grown up watching solely animes, so it was like a throwback to my early middle grade life I also will always love a book with Academy aspect Especially I enjoy reading about training though it is always in the danger of being dragged Luckily, Bradford was really good at keeping it minimal and interesting The pacing of this book was really strong Though the beginning felt like a retelling of Shogun is middle grade version the story did improve and escalated quickly A nice, breezy book with really interesting characters, I loved it Though as I mentioned, it s a me situation I love all of these tropes and Bradford played with them nicely thus I adored it I will still recommend it but read it with that in mind D What made me start reading Young Samurai was the front cover picture It has a shadow with a sword and some red background which completely caught my eye I thought this book was a genuine idea and really interesting how Jack manages to pass so many challenges without failing What also caught my eye was the back, it said, Jack has to learn to become a Samurai and fight against a ninja called Dokugan Ryu This novel has real characters and not alien like creatures everywhere While reading this story you can also feel the sadness that Jack sometimes feels when he is thinking about his sister that got taken by Dokugan Ryu and now has to live in solitude I also really enjoyed how at the beginning, everyone at his samurai school thinks he s eccentric, but at the end, his schoolmates respect him except for one person, who the whole time, never appreciated him and becomes an antagonist halfway through the series This book inspired me to think about the theme be happy with what you have this theme is made evident through Jack fighting for the life of his little sister and doing everything he can to save her This novel brought back memories of my travels to Japan In particular, I once attended a traditional archery temple training While reading passages of Young Samurai, I could picture vividly the concentration by the masters taking precise aim with bows before hitting their targets This book changed the way I look at the history of Japan.
- 368 pages
- The Way of the Warrior
- Chris Bradford
- 03 February 2017 Chris Bradford