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Girl Takes Up Her Sword (An Emily Kane Adventure Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jacques Antoine
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

High school graduation was never so dangerous as it turns out to be for Emily Kane. Defending herself against foreign agents is one thing, but when the threat comes from within Emily's own family the violence rises to a new level, and the need to reconcile herself with her inner demons has never been so urgent.

Special Bonus: This edition includes novella-length Book 4 of The Emily Kane Adventures, Girl Spins A Blade.
With the help of her "Granny," Emily Kane had the strength to fight off the black-ops teams hunting her. But now she needs to find some relief from Granny, and to reconcile herself to the violence she had to unleash. She hopes to find spiritual renewal in the crowded pantheon of the Hindus and Buddhists of Nepal. But the spirit of violence is not far behind her. 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3087 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amaterasu Press (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D49L0NU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By day, Jacques Antoine is a professor at a small college in the southwest, by night he writes action-adventure stories. At first, he wrote "kung fu" tales just for his daughter, when she was a little ninja studying karate. As she grew up, the tales evolved into full-length novels focusing on the dilemmas of young adults, but always set against the background of martial arts adventures. When he's not writing or teaching, he enjoys walking his dogs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside Santa Fe.

The Emily Kane Stories are based on the central insight of Japanese martial arts, captured in the little word "sen." It means, roughly, initiative. It can take many forms, and is visible in all walks of life. In Karate, "go no sen" means "counter-attack." But in other contexts it might also refer to resilience, or responsiveness, or a deliberate choice. The common element lies in the insight that responsiveness or deliberation is not the same as passivity, and neither is aggression necessarily a sign of initiative. True initiative lies deeper than the difference between activity and passivity.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's great 21 Oct. 2013
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I am a big fan of this series and this book was a great addition. I am eager to dig in on the next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a worthy continuation 25 Jun. 2013
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Girl Takes up Her Sword is book 3 of The Emily Kane Adventures and I honestly think it's the best yet. Emily has found her confidence and though she's still trying to give the occasional kick against Granny's fate she has largely accepted her place in the cosmos. And oh, what a place it is!

Emily is a strong, independent, self-assured heroine. So often in YA fiction authors present mixed messages on this front. A girl might have mad skills or some super power, but she doesn't have the heart to really do what needs to be done. (The implicit message being that she is too soft or weak to really be strong after all.) There's often some hero sidekick who actually saves her from dirtying her hands, thereby co-opting her presentation as a truly strong heroine. Antoine has the integrity to let Emily be as strong as she needs to be. Now, I'm not saying she doesn't regret the things she has to do or even that she isn't occasionally disgusted about them, but she also doesn't back down from them or hesitate so long some man takes over for her. (And believe me she is surrounded by plenty of strong, well trained men.) I respect this immensely.

I only have two real qualms with the story and they are related. So it could actually be one multidimensional problem. Either way, I'm gonna sketch it out, but first let me say that I understand why the author wrote it this way. I see the message he's trying to convey with it. I just thought it was a little too much for me to accept.

First off, despite being a senior in high school Emily is very much in charge in this book. In one way or another black ops soldiers take orders from her. Elite assassins take orders from her. Her sensei takes orders from her. Her mother takes orders from her. Her friends take orders from her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 April 2015
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like this series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Jan. 2015
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superb books:)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a worthy continuation 25 Jun. 2013
By Sadie Forsythe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Girl Takes up Her Sword is book 3 of The Emily Kane Adventures and I honestly think it's the best yet. Emily has found her confidence and though she's still trying to give the occasional kick against Granny's fate she has largely accepted her place in the cosmos. And oh, what a place it is!

Emily is a strong, independent, self-assured heroine. So often in YA fiction authors present mixed messages on this front. A girl might have mad skills or some super power, but she doesn't have the heart to really do what needs to be done. (The implicit message being that she is too soft or weak to really be strong after all.) There's often some hero sidekick who actually saves her from dirtying her hands, thereby co-opting her presentation as a truly strong heroine. Antoine has the integrity to let Emily be as strong as she needs to be. Now, I'm not saying she doesn't regret the things she has to do or even that she isn't occasionally disgusted about them, but she also doesn't back down from them or hesitate so long some man takes over for her. (And believe me she is surrounded by plenty of strong, well trained men.) I respect this immensely.

I only have two real qualms with the story and they are related. So it could actually be one multidimensional problem. Either way, I'm gonna sketch it out, but first let me say that I understand why the author wrote it this way. I see the message he's trying to convey with it. I just thought it was a little too much for me to accept.

First off, despite being a senior in high school Emily is very much in charge in this book. In one way or another black ops soldiers take orders from her. Elite assassins take orders from her. Her sensei takes orders from her. Her mother takes orders from her. Her friends take orders from her. Her friends' parents take orders from her. The Yakuza take orders from her. Burly biker dudes take orders from her. There is almost no one who has any control over her or even has the backbone to say 'no' to her. She is the top dog in all respects. The primary reason people backed down? They saw something in her eyes that made them give up. There are a lot of social dictums that this contradicts. It ignores basic social hierarchies, not to mention martial and military ones. I have a really hard time imagining that she'd succeed in the 'take orders' environment of a military academy, or even the military itself.

On a related issue is the fact that, with the exception of David, every single person she encountered gave in to her mysterious charm. There were a lot of situations in which I couldn't figure out how people were so easily brought over to her side, when normally they would be seeking retribution from her or maybe revenge against her. It is very obvious that Emily is supposed to have an almost paranormal charisma about her (this is a large part of the story), but I don't think it felt very realistic in the end. She too easily leapt huge interpersonal hurtles.

Like the previous books Antoine's writing is crisp and easy to read. The fight scenes are meticulously detailed and the martial techniques clearly explained. There is a lot of focus on the mystic aspect of training and unlike the previous books this starts to have a concrete effect on the events of the story. If you like strong female protagonists, martial arts, mysticism or just an interesting read. This is worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book - terrific series! 29 Oct. 2014
By Larry A. Fitzwater - Published on Amazon.com
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I have devoured the series in mere days and cannot contain my enthusiasm. I cannot wait for the next installment. Terrific series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Timing 1 April 2015
By Michael A. Lamana - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a sucker for a good martial arts story, plain and simple. And this, as well as the previous two in the series, is exactly that. The martial aspects all ring true with my own training in Shotokan and the sub-culture surrounding folks who participate in such activities. Then there is the story itself which is every bit as engaging as those before and is a nice, seamless continuation of Emily's tale. While the plot is somewhat predictable, that is only based on all the setup that occurred in the earlier stories. What was nice was that Ms. Antione did not take the opportunity to drag out the story as so many authors seem to think they have to. So in this case, predictable was good as it fulfills what you want to see happen. This book is definitely a landmark in Emily's saga and you could walk away satisfied at this point if you wanted to. Of course, I won't - I like her too much to quit following her story at this point.
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up the quality of a very good series. 10 Mar. 2015
By David Shireman - Published on Amazon.com
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Another solid entry in a series I'm very much enjoying. It's not as good as the first book, but probably a bit better than the second. Enough to get back up to that 5th star, I think. (The second went a little too high on the Improbability scale for my tastes.)

Emily's depth of character is continuing to develop as the books progress, which is a rare thing to find in a series. Old problems are solved, new ones arise, and Emily's philosophical nature continues to be a source of interest.

I'd advise you to skip the 45 page "novella" billed on Amazon as Emily Kane book 4 (too brief to develop anything and a waste of $3) and move on to book 5 of the series after reading this. I'm headed to book 5 myself now, and am interested to see how Emily continues to develop.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series 8 May 2014
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I am hook on the whole series. Lots of active and thought before action. Instructions for everyone on how to stop being a victim regardless if you are male or female. New readers should start at the beginning of the series.
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