Matthews, Andrew. The way of the warrior.

Author:Rohrlik, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

MATTHEWS, Andrew. The way of the warrior. Penguin, Dutton. 192p. c2008, 978-0-52542063-7. $15.99. JS

In 16th-century Japan, a war-torn era when warlords fought each other for supremacy, ten-year-old Jimmu is suddenly without parents and without a home. His father, believing that he has brought disgrace on the family, commits seppuku (ritual suicide), and his mother kills herself as well. The father's most trusted samurai, a stern man named Nichiren, is now in charge of Jimmu. Nichiren brings Jimmu up believing his father was framed by the powerful Lord Ankan--and that Jimmu must one day avenge his father's death. After years of training in fighting skills, Jimmu, now 17, goes to Lord Ankan's castle saying he wants to be a samurai, hoping to get close enough to his adversary to...

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