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Chris Bradford does an awesome job, as well as the narrator to pull you into the story. These deserve to be as popular as the rangers apprentice series. Highly recommend.
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Historically-grounded adventure / coming-of-age series starts here. Emphasis on Samurai service and Buddhism/ Zen. It's told in 3rd-person, set in Japan in 1611.
A shipwrecked, orphaned English youth, age 12, must learn Japanese language and culture and discover the Samurai warrior within. Meanwhile, he develops some valuable friendships and other relationships.
Good character development for both Jack and Yamoto. Some poignant scenes. Some action, death, cruelty, battle training. Strong female roles, as well as male. I liked the different types of adult figures, too. The heroes and the villains were credible-- both adults and youth.
The plot isn't too predictable, but some bits do stretch credulity.
Excellent narration! I read and listened, interchangeably.
Reminded me a little of John Flanagan's two series: Brotherband and Ranger's Apprentice.
I might read book 2, even though the target audience is probably youngsters. It held my attention, and I learned something about Japanese culture and history.
I loved this book. The narration was 5 stars and the story was so good. Loved the characters. 10/10 I can’t wait to start book 2!
The start was a little slow but it soon got going.
There is lots of action in this book as well as historical facts. My 12 year old looked forward to the car journeys when we could listen to it.