Blood Ninja by Nick Lake

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Could Taro, a fisherman’s son, be destined for greatness? 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 conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he’s less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate.

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Nick Lake is a children’s book editor at Harper UK. He received his degree in English from Oxford University. The Blood Ninja trilogy was inspired by his interest in the Far East, and by the fact that he is secretly a vampire ninja himself. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in England.
Published November 17, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 389 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meditating after destroying Lord Oda, vampire ninja Taro embarks on a quest to slay a dragon that has been troubling the city of Edo, home of the shogun.

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Growing up in a small village with dreams of becoming a samurai, Taro never expected to be the target of a ninja attack.

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It's gory at a very near pitch perfect level, when it does feature unfortunate pieces of plot - hello, training montage - they come at unexpected times, and there are enough in the way of startling turns and twists, for the characters - Taro, plus Hiro his human best friend and companion with his...

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