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In the course of a day, Taro’s entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who — and why?

With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter confl Is Taro, a fisherman’s son, destined for greatness? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he’s less and less sure that blooeninja wants to be one.

But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back bloodninja his fate. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Bloondinja ask other readers questions about Blood Ninjaplease sign up. Whats the age target for this book? As an adult will I enjoy it?

See 1 question about Blood Ninja…. Lists with This Book. Dec 17, Rebecca marked it as to-read Shelves: It was only a matter of time. Mar 08, A. Young Taro is living the simple life of a fisherman with his best friend Hiro until he is assaulted by ninjas in his humble village. Luckily bloodnina is saved by a mysterious ninja hehehe named Shusaku but before they are safe Taro is fatally wounded and must choose between death or becoming a myth – vampire.

Blood Ninja is an excellent book although I had a few issues with the end. It was like a Quentin Tarantino movie. But more on that later The characters feel real and the story inck great if not a Young Taro is living the simple life of a fisherman with his best friend Hiro bloodbinja he is assaulted by ninjas in his humble village.

The characters feel real and the story is great if not a little cliched, but in a good way. The action and suspense is nearly constant throughout which I loved. Lake did an excellent job capturing the setting of in ancient Japan Throughout the book in order to give a sense of proportion, Lake compares things to tatami mats and torii gates. Funny enough, I’m not well versed in ancient Japanese culture.


I have no idea what those things are, and without the perspective I had trouble getting visuals in certain scenes. Ironically he does describe things that are rather obvious or common knowledge. For instance, the book is about vampires and in the beginning he overhears two men talking about someone who had two puncture wounds on his neck and was completely drained of blood.

The characters discuss that they think a kyuuketsuki is responsible. Automatically you think vampire but guys go on to explain the legend of the kyuuketsuki and it’s all the usual vampire folklore.

Vampire myth I know and, okay if you want to go into it again, but you can’t let me know if a room is 10 feet across instead of telling me it’s the length of six tatami mats. But all in all this is a minor issue that can be overlooked. Remember I mentioned about the Quentin Tarantino movie?

Well, that comes at the end. It’s a blood bath, physically and emotionally. There’s lots of sacrifice and betrayal and overall unpleasantness. I felt some things in the final scenes were unnecessary and rushed, and some just left me feeling cheated.

It’s like things were too perfect and suddenly things had to go bad. I would have been happier with less bitter and more sweet. Blood Ninja is a wild ride and loads of fun. I had some minor issues with the ending but, hey, Tarantino fans – this is your book! Jul 06, Kristen rated it really liked it.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked a lot about this book. And a lot of stuff annoyed me too. Taro is a young Japanese boy, living in nickk fishing village. He is often teased by the other villagers and his one true friend is Hiro.

Taro saved Hiro’s life and now Hiro and he are inseparable. Taro’s mother is a diver and his father is ill. One night a band of ninja’s come to Taro’s home, kill his father and attempt to bloodbinja him. One ninja is there to save Taro and does. Taro’s mother is sent away since apparently Taro was the target. Taro and hiro set off with Shusaku, the ninja who saved Taro. There is a wonderful cast of characters that we meet after that.

The girls, Yukiko and Heiko, the abbess I am convinced there is more to her then we know – and her relationship with ShusakuLittle Kawabata and his father While clever, it is not as bloodnlnja as some might think there’s some anime that predates this book by quite a bit that already made that connectionbut it’s still fresh, from an American reader’s perspective compare to Twilight and the like anyway.


The reality is that the connection there is important to the plot, oake not so much so that I really need to explain must else other then to say to be bolodninja ninja you must be a vampire. So, the cover intrigued me I can totally be suckered in by a cool cover.

Let’s see how balanced this review is: I say that both seriously and sarcastically at the same time. I don’t mind serials. In fact, Bllodninja read a ton of them. But I like to know what I am getting myself into when I pick up a book.

I don’t like having that sprung on me last minute. I usually can’t stomach books that end without any resolution to anything. After finishing, and realizing that basically nothing was resolved in this book, I am left asking “how many books will there be? But I really would like to know laje I am getting myself into. A long term experience of 4, 6, Or is it going to be like a few of the YA series that I started, with the author telling us it will be X and then when we hit book X, there will be more which virtually always bloodnijna the plot and story telling and each time that has happened, I have quit reading that series.

I have found very little on the next book and that is disappointing.

Blood Ninja Series by Nick Lake

Not to mention, as an author, I would think Mr. Lake should embrace the web the way so many other authors have Especially if this isn’t going to simply end with a second book. Feudal Japan is intriguing and there is so much culture to explore that can be used.

The setting, with the cherry blossoms, the mountains There isn’t enough character development for me to feel really attached to any one character – really other them Hiro.

And he is probably my favorite. Although I am not sure if he’s the character that was supposed to be the best developed.

I feel kind of like that happened accidentally. Sword fighting, even a little bit about sword bloodninna. The use of Japanese words in the middle of English dialogue, in italics, is pretty stupid.

I mean if we are supposed to think they are speaking in Japanese and we are just getting the English translation, wouldn’t the Japanese words be translated too? And bloodhinja there isn’t really an appropriate translation, well, then why italicize the word – just to point that out?

Not to mention, there were a few Japanese words that were pointed out in this fashion, but I still don’t know for sure exactly what they meant.

Just as much potential as the boys in the story.