Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Blood Ninja, by Nick Lake
Favorite things: the use of the Japanese language and explanations of tone that helped the reader understand more of what was really being communicated instead of just what was said, the occasional shifts in perspective that allowed us to get to know Lady Oda no Hana better, the fresh and interesting take on vampires, the surprise at the end that wasn't really a cliffhanger but still got me excited for the next book, the realistic characters for the time that showed a kind of sexism and cruelty and Nick Lake's ability to describe confusing things in a clear way to give my mind a perfect picture of a sword fight or a falcon's flight.
Criticisms: there were vivid descriptions of everything, which can be considered a good thing, but perhaps not when it's a description of a decapitation. However I felt it gave the book weight and tension, so I personally wouldn't have wanted it toned down at all. I just wanted to mention it here as a warning to anyone looking for a YA book, because this one is a bit intense and extremely graphic. Other than that, there were a couple side stories that were hard to focus on, because I knew somehow they would tie in, but I didn't know how and it was a pretty long book, so that was part of my inability to focus as well. It wasn't enough to make me stop reading or switch to something else though, so...
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars! I will never forget this series and I look forward to buying the second one to find out what happens next. :)