The Way of the Warrior

It’s taken Evan a while to find a new book series that he’s really keen on, since growing out of Adam Blade’s Beast Quest series.  He was an extremely dedicated reader of the series, and new editions did us well for many birthdays and Christmases. He’s enjoyed a few new books, like Troubletwisers which he reviewed a week or so ago and the old faithful Diary of a Wimpy Kid but they’ve not grabbed his fancy in quite the same way as his Beast Quest collection.

That is until this week, when he discovered the Young Samurai series.  His clever dad Matt picked it for him, and Evan’s not stopped raving about it since he started reading The Way of the Warrior.  He’s even spent a record amount of time not playing the PS3 this week.

He’s been surprised by how easily he’s gotten through ‘the longest book he’s read’ and made mention of the fact that he’s learnt a lot of Japanese words – a pretty impressive achievement for a kid’s adventure book.

Once he finished the first book in the series yesterday, he was very keen to share his thoughts on it – here’s his review…

The Way of the Warrior, by Chris Bradford

The Way of the Warrior sees Jack Fletcher, a young rigging monkey on a boat called the Alexandria, with his dad.  They are searching for Japan when pirates attack the ship looking for his dad’s map. They kill his family and the crew. His Japanese journey of revenge and studying begins.

Jack has many friends by the end but it’s a tough road for this young English boy and to many people he is just a gaijan (outsider barbarian).

From the moment I picked this book up I couldn’t put it down and I ended up finishing it in under a week. It’s a great book about a boy with ascary, confusing and extraordinary adventure – you really need to read it. It has a series of 6 books by Chris Bradford.

I recommend this book to around people 9-14 and a bit older. I can’t wait to start reading the next in the series. Reviewed by Evan J  


Ev’s moved on to reading The Way of the Sword now and is working on tracking down the third book in the series.  He doesn’t do things in half-measures, that boy, and that puts a big smile on my face.


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