Two of our reviewers discuss Chris Bradford’s popular novel, Young Samurai – The Way of the Warrior.

Hamza Bhula


Chris Bradford’s Young Samurai-The Way of the Warrior is set in Japan. The story follows the life of Jack, a young English boy, who is shipwrecked on Japanese soil after his father and the rest of his crew are murdered by the Wakō (ninja pirates).

The book, flooded with merciless battles, will make you wish you were a samurai of Japan. Its language is as abrupt as the attacks of a ninja. Jack is constantly fighting against the Samurai, that follow the orders of The Shogun and the rivals of his samurai school – the Niten Ichi Ryū. He is rejected by many as a true Japanese samurai, only because of his culture and his European background. He is known, as a gaijin. He only aims to evade the samurai patrols that eternally search for him, and to get home to his sister, Jess. His father, having possessed a rutter that held all the secret of the seas, was being pursued by the ninja Dokugan Ryu, his father’s murderer. Jack is adopted by the great Masamoto Takeshi as his son and personal teacher, as well as guardian.

This book overwhelms you with the respect the samurai have for their daimyo (feudal leader) and the skills that they use in their battles. As Jack ventures through his journey, he soon learns that he is apart of the only school that teaches the Autumn Leaf.

Young readers that enjoy adventurous, action books will definitely fall in love with Young Samurai-The Way of the Warrior.  


Jiangpei Chen


Chris Bradford’s Young Samurai-The Way of the Warrior is a thrilling yarn set in Japan. The novel tells the story of a young English boy named Jack Fletcher, who is willing to become to become a samurai warrior, after his father and the rest of his crew abord the ship are murdered by ninja pirates. Following that, Jack is shipwrecked on to the coast of the Japanese soil and fortunately rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi.

During his journey to Japan Jack experiences many things, such as abunai (danger): he is attacked by shuriken, metal-throwing ninja warriors, and he gains kami (Spirit) through the pain he suffers from rope burns and seeing kissaki (the tip of sword) going through peoples’ bodies. 

In order to achieve his ambition Jack decides to go to the samurai school– the Niten Ichi Ryū. There he is rejected by many as they can’t believe that someone from his background can become a true Japanese samurai. However, after Jack is adopted by Masamoto Takeshi, his life takes  a new turn.

If you enjoy action and adventures set abroad, you’ll love this novel.

About Miss Thomas

I am an English teacher at The City Academy, Hackney.

4 responses »

  1. hamzabhula says:
  2. Jiangpei says:

    I am reading the book and its like what you said, however I think that you can make this review more exciting by describing the violence in the book.

  3. hamzabhula says:

    You have a mistake in the first paragraph.

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