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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848873875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848873872
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Nick and I write books for Young Adults and less young adults. I'm not fussy about how young you are, really.

My latest book is IN DARKNESS, a novel about a boy trapped under the rubble after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, which is hopefully more uplifting than this makes it sound.

I also write the BLOOD NINJA trilogy, which is about vampire ninjas, but is hopefully a bit less silly than this makes it sound.

I like in Oxfordshire, England, with my wife, a teacher, my cat, a cat, and my daughter, a child.

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"'A fast-paced, gripping book, with ninjas. It's all I ask for, really.' Conn Iggulden * 'Beyong its blatantly brilliant premise, Blood Ninja reveals itself to be an elegantly thrilling and action-packed tale of honour, duty, and destiny.' Derek Landy, author of Skulduggery Pleasant"

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Nick Lake is an editorial director at HarperCollins Children's Books. He received his degree in English from Oxford University. Blood Ninja 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 in Oxfordshire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarn Webb on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are either a Ninja, or a Vampire, then it is guaranteed that you will love this book. By the end of the third chapter, when at least 20 people have either been 'Ninja-d' to death, or brought down by blood thirsty vampires you'll be cheering them on, with a crazed blood lust dimming your vision.

If you are NOT a vampire or a Ninja, then you will love it for exactly the same reasons, unless of course you happen not to like fast-paced, blood-splattered fiction? In which case I'd ask why you're even looking at a book called 'Blood Ninja'

The story grabs you from the very start, it's intricately constructed and flows well. I was instantly drawn into Taro's world, and really cared about what was going to happen to him. All the characters are well-drawn and three dimensional, with genuine moments of danger and excitement. You want Taro to succeed and some of the more 'moral' dilemmas that he faces are particularly well conceived.

I'd say it was pretty much the perfect title for any secondary school boy who wants an exciting read. That's not to say that it wouldn't appeal to girls too, there are some very well described female characters who kick just as much 'you know what' as the boys.

So if you want to win the respect of your nephew/son/younger cousin/older brother/best mate etc. I'd say get them a copy of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJH @ A Dream of Books on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect book for teenage boys looking for an exciting read with a gutsy hero and plenty of thrills and spills along the way. It appealed to me mainly because it's set in sixteenth century Japan, which is a country I always find endlessly fascinating and also because the concept for the story sounded so fantastic and amazing. The title itself, 'Blood Ninja' was hugely intriguing and had me reaching for the book nearly as soon as it arrived.

The story is about a young fisherman's son who at the beginning of the book is attacked by ninjas. His life is saved by a blood ninja who rescues him from those seeking to kidnap and kill him. There are however a lot of secrets surrounding Taro's heritage and from this moment on, his life, and the only existence he's ever known, is changed forever. He becomes a pawn in the power struggle between Lord Oda and Lord Tokugawa who are the two most powerful men in the country and are both ultimately seeking to gain total control over Japan.

I don't think it's giving anything away by saying that Nick Lake has come up with a genuinely clever and hugely original idea - ninjas who also happen to be vampires which is where they get their incredible speed, strength and agility from. They are an almost unstoppable force but are still susceptible to the usual vampire weaknesses, such as sunlight. I really enjoyed learning about how they all became vampires and the training they have to undergo to become fully fledged ninjas. This will strongly appeal to boys who will love all the action and fighting in the book, along with a generous helping of guts and glory.

I found 'Blood Ninja' to be a thrilling and exciting read which was packed full of action and a real rollercoaster ride of a story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kulsuma at sunshine and stardust on 11 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Blood Ninja by Nick Lake is full of action, twists and turns and suspense. When his father is murdered in front of him, Taro has to run for his life with the aid of his saviour, a ninja called Shusaku and accompanied by his friend, Hiro. However, the murderers; ninjas in the pay of Lord Oda, manage to run Taro through with a sword and all hope seems to be lost. But something unexpected happens. Shusaku bites him and transforms him into a vampire.

Travelling with the mysterious Shusaku, Taro worries for his mother who has run away to safety, grieves for his father and wants to seek vengeance. He has so many questions that Shusaku does not answer. Why would anyone want to kill his parents who are only peasants and have never hurt anyone? Eventually, Taro learns the incredible truth about his heritage and understands just why he is being hunted down.

Blood Ninja was a good book. I was drawn to it because I am a great fan of action and add to that Japanese history and I was hoping for something that would blow me away. It did have loads of interesting twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I liked the plot overall. However, I did feel that it needed more development. Likewise, most of the characters, even Taro, weren't developed enough for me to care about them. There isn't much of an introduction to Taro, his parents and his friendship with Hiro before he's running for his life.

Many of the characters did things without any seeming indication or clue as to what they were thinking, especially Taro. It was really hard to know what he was thinking and feeling, especially when they changed so quickly. For instance, he accepted that he was a vampire almost instantly.

Lord Oda, the villain, was grotesque. He kills anyone as long as he gets what he wants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
To be honest this is a strange title. In some respects is has elements of an adult book, in others it could quite easily be a Young Adult one in much the same vein as Chris Bradford's Young Samurai series. The main difference however is that Nick has introduced vampires into the mix. It's certainly novel, it definitely has its own twist on the whole Ninja mythos and to be honest was something that I got quite a bit of fun from.

Add to this a writing style that's reasonable, a host of interesting supporting cast members and the reader can quite happily immerse themselves within this world. Definitely one that's perhaps geared more for the adventure reader than one who loves the whole vamp angle although it does have elements to please both sets of readers. Finally add to the mix that this is the first part of the series and one that sets the background which gives the author a whole host of additional things he can work on in the second instalment. It's certainly going to be interesting to see which way it goes.
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