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

Jacques Antoine
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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars a worthy continuation 25 Jun 2013
By Sadie Forsythe - Published on Amazon.com
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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. 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series 8 May 2014
By MisyB - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Emily Kane #3 8 Mar 2014
By Terry Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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The third in this martial-arts/teenage spy series about a young girl's struggles with external enemies and internal fears is a great Young Adult novel, especially for girls. However all ages can enjoy this tale of a teenage girl on her own who could make Buffy the Slayer back up! Although the source of her unusual abilities remain a mystery, or rather, somewhat vague on which theory(s) is correct, she is becoming more well known and attracting more attention from adults with their own agenda. Which presents even more problems for Emily. I enjoyed it!

As always in this series, the fights are extremely detailed and exciting. The issue of her unrestrained independence is bothersome. No one, including adults who should, can influence or control Emily's behavior. For younger readers, this might not really be the best example to follow, although a certain degree of assertiveness is good.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is My first review of the Emily Kane books 30 Nov 2014
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all previous books in the series, and I just bought Number 4.
I think that these books are easy to read, fast paced, fun and with a (so far) enigmatic story that does not with to reveal itself. Hopefully that Will not be the case as the series progress.
A good read!
5.0 out of 5 stars This YA series just gets better and better 7 Sep 2014
By Gary Roulston - Published on Amazon.com
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As the author polishes her craft I find myself less invited to accompany the characters on a journey as being grabbed by the hand and dragged will ye nil ye along in her path. This is getting much closer to the skill of a true master class story teller. Enjoy your trip!
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