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on 2 October 2009
This is an enjoyable, fast-paced novel of teenage angst set in and around a karate dojo. Karen Van Wyk's treatment of the martial arts shows depth of understanding and her writing style is natural, gripping and fluid. The characters are suitably human and engaging - you find yourself drawn to Tristan's struggle to 'grow up' in the harsh and unforgiving environment of a Kyokushinkai dojo.

This book will appeal to the Young Adults audience first and foremost, though memories of early training will ring true with many older readers too. I could imagine 'Sanchin' making a great mini-series (or movie) although Hollywood would probably want to move it from its current location in South Africa to California!

Congratulations to Karen Van Wyk on an exciting debut in the challenging world of martial arts fiction.
Goran Powell
Author of Waking Dragons: A Martial Artist Faces His Ultimate Test
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on 26 January 2014
The book relates karate and its training to real world figures and their lives.
It is easily understood even through it is dependent on Karate terminology, which it properly introduces and uses.
The story seems to be just part of what could be many stories and happily draws you along from beginning to end without ever leaving you bored.
Well written and interesting and a great read, as well as inspirational for any sports person and Karateka.
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