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young boys, big swords, what more could you want
on 5 January 2012
I may still be avoiding Kindle World, but as I discovered my new phone had a Kindle for Android app, I couldn't really make any more excuses along the lines of "I really don't like reading on my PC, as it's too much like work". So, Android in hand, and with a daily commute of about an hour and a half, it was off into the world of 16th century Japan and the Samurai.
And it was well worth it, as the yarn relates the tale of a young farm boy, Kami, who is orphaned and ends up apprenticed to a Samurai. The book is set immediately after the unification of Japan during the Sengoku period, and has some interesting historical happenings, without ever getting bogged down in too many facts. After all, it is a novella. But it's the fight scenes that really spring to life, and get the pages turning. Or rather, the right thumb flicking.
As part one of a trilogy, it had enough twists, turns and "ooh, blimey, I didn't see that happening" moments, it did the job of making you want to find out what happened next.