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The Ring of Sky (Young Samurai #8)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  657 ratings  ·  49 reviews
AS JACK EMBARKS ON HIS FINAL ADVENTURE,
WILL HE MAKE IT BACK TO ENGLAND AND HOME?

The Shogun has deemed that any Christian or foreigner now discovered outside the bounds of an official trading port will be instantly put to death. For Jack, Nagasaki is within reach, but the Shogun's samurai are closing in with the help of Jack's old school rival, Kazuki, who has a score to s
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Puffin
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Ashley
I'm in my mid-twenties and I think this series is the bomb diggity. I know rights have been purchased for a TV series, but these are so good they deserve a major Hollywood blockbuster series. Amirite, or amirite?

Although I enjoyed other books in the series more, this final book was no let down. (view spoiler)
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Intan  Musa
Jack's journey brought him to Nagasaki. Along the way, he met Benkei, Junjun, Yori, Saburo, Miyuki and Akiko. Together they helped a village of Christians and were almost burned at the stake. Kazuki also got to know of Jack's whereabouts and ambushed Jack. He was also almost burnt at the stake. But Masamoto came at the last moment to announce that the Shogun had died. And that Jack had been pardoned. Luckily, there was a Dutch ship that was willing to send Jack back to England. Yori and Akiko ag ...more
Barry


The last action filled adventure of this excellent 8 book series.
Jack gets to finally set out for home, but he brings a little bit of Japan with him.

I know that authors bring books and series to an end, but the strength of this is that I want it to continue and to find out what happens next.
Adeeb
Loved this. This series is great! Don't get put off because it's a middle grade series. It's really awesome
Jianne
I hate endings. They ruin my heart.

Well, since this is already the last book I guess I can also comment on the series overall. The first three books were awesome, The Way of the... they really show how Jack develops into a great samurai and his friendship and relationship with his friends and teachers. Book three aka The Way of the Dragon made me cry to no ends.

In the second half of the series, thus begins The Ring of... it was interesting because Jack got to learn how to be a ninja despite bein
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Gcattan4
Jack just wants to leave Japan and return to England. But after becoming a samurai and fighting against the new shogun, the bounty on his head is higher then ever and every samurai in Japan is out to get his head. So Jack plans to find away to stow on a ship to england. Then, he meets a guy named benkei, a trickster that seems to know his way around japan. The Ring of Sky is a book about honor, fear, and costs of war.
Hari
"The Ring of Sky" by Chris Bradford is about an english warrior called Jack who got shipwrecked on the coast of Japan, he wants to find a ship bound to England so that he can see his sister again but the Shogun, a group of warlords, are after him. So he finds a group of friends he can trust and tries to go to the Port of Nagasaki to find a ship. In the end he reaches the port after a long time of fighting and bloodshed.


Themes:

Friendship
Loyalty
Courage
Hope
Phyllis
young samurai is the best series I've ever read, and it is sad that this is the last book. This book is for anyone who has read the first 7 books of young samurai, and if you have not read any of them yet, you should read the first book, The way of the Warrior.
I finished this book in one day, and it was amazing.
Mayiko
Here we are, the final chapter of Jack Fletcher.
In my opion back to where we finished after book 3.
This book has the same level as the first 3 books.
Exciting, nail biting, indulging writing ...
Old familiar faces rise, new ones, old battles are fought and most important every piece of the puzzle fits in the end.
I loved how the story developed, fun, tragic, excitement, all elements are present.
The ending without much spoiling is just what it needed to be, different of what I actually wanted, bu
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Angelica Galanis
this was probably the best book in the series. It has so much action and the author makes you think that someone is dead but they're not, and when you find out you're like " HE HAS TO BE KIDDING ME". this is probably one of the best series I have ever read and I recommend this book to Ava, I really think she'll like it.
Deep
I think this book is really good. I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read adventure books. This is because the story and plot is really good. The story is about a boy named jack who is a English man in Japan and he is Christian. The daimyo of Japan bans all Christian and foreigners from Japan so he has to try to get to the port of Nagasaki. The daimyo knows jack really well and hates him so he put a really big reward for anyone who finds him. On the way he finds his friends from his s ...more
Davis Hitch
I will admit that this book is a little bit more exciteing than the rest. The end is good and predictiable. The dramatic twist doesn't happen really and Jack all of the sudden becomes the gifted Samurai you think he is but never shows it until now. Just lik is the rest of the books he makes a new friend, Is betrayed multiple times, and then almost dies like four times. Through out the book you are supposed to think that his friends are dead yet when you realize they are not you are nots surprise ...more
Artemis
I absolutely loved this series. The ending was a bit of a disappointment to me as well, but the finishing of the series still made me tear up. The series was finished. The end. No more Jack and adventures!

This series really taught me a lot. With many wise quotes, and many wise teachers, every book raised goosebumps. I finished the books a little wiser, a little more grown up. Some quotes touched me greatly.

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together
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Luke West
Jack is on the last leg of his journey, but once again he is all alone his friends all died on their boat. But never fear this is a book and books always that carry on straight from the last one in the series usually have tragedies at the beginning but lo and behold he finds an unlikely friend in a magician/criminal. But even worse Kazuki's back for revenge, one of Jack's old teachers cuts of his fingers and he is captured and is held prisoner for the shogun. So will this be the end of the serie ...more
Benjamin Hendrian
Nov 25, 2013 Benjamin Hendrian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who has read at least the first and fourth books of the series
Shelves: japanese-fiction
This book was very good, and i was lucky to be able to get it from a library in Michigan, tho only one! It is only sold in the UK. Well i finished this book today, and i must say i was very pleased and very sad at how Chris ended the story of Jack and his friends. It fufilled everything that i wanted, but at the end it seems like something was missing, that is why i gave it 4 not 5 stars. It was still a great book, but only if you have read the rest of the series. So over all i recomend the conc ...more
Jim
Cracking read for young adults
Justin Nguyen
Feb 15, 2014 Justin Nguyen marked it as to-read
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Lloyd
What a great ending to a great series. I remember reading the first book and commenting that it was like reading Shogun-lite. But with each subsequent book it only got better and better and ultimately turned into one hell of a ride! I've mentioned it before and I'll say it again, this series deserves wider recognition. For pure entertainment value, it ranks right up there with Percy Jackson. A wonderful series I will undoubtedly read again. I will certainly be following Mr. Bradford to his next ...more
Leon
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Jake West
The last book in the Young Samurai series has come out. It's a short read but I've read the rest of the series and I had to finish it off. It is about how Jack finally makes his last dash to Nagasaki for a ship back to England. It wasn't bad and the last showdown with Kazuki was a bit of a let down but all in all it's a good series. I think if I didn't start the series when I was younger I never would of read this book. If your 10-12 this is defiantly a book for you
Jaysson
this is cool but i cant read it and its triveing me crazy
Christian W
It's really interesting so far, and it's about the history and culture of Japan. There is Samurai and Ninja in this book, and it's about this boy call Jack trying to escape Japan and board a ship back to England. His father was killed by ninja, and so a samurai adopted him. Trained as a samurai, he now has to protect his fathers rutter, which will help him get back to England where his sister awaits him.
Ameena
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Vincent
Definitely not as good as the first few books, but then, none of them have been after Jack left the Niten Ichi Ryuu at the end of book 3 (I think). I also wish the story had continued a bit more at the end -- not a huge fan of the open ending in this instance, although I expected no different.
Sydney Mugerwa
I will not waste your time with flowery language about what I think about this book. I do not think. I FEEL this book. I shed a few tears and emailed the author with accusations and with praise. It is that good. I died many deaths by the time i was done reading.
Tyler Hedge
Great book. Good end to the series. It was very funny. This book is mainly about the journey to Nagasaki to find a ship bound for England.

All this talk about kuji,in magic and channeling your ki makes Ancient Japan seem so mystical.
Jake
Jack is almost to Nagasaki but the samurai from the shogun are closing in and will put all gaijin to death if found. Jack is almost home and his friends will risk their lives for jack but Jack feels that they don't have to.
Nathan
now that I have completed the set I can say jacks adventure was one that brought great joy and a massive smile to my face but I would like to know how yori and akiko get on in england and iff jack finds jess
Aidan Michael
A new friend,an old rival and a evil master.
Tim Blakeslee
Jack does it again. In each book he has more lives than a whole pack of alley cats. Good friends and good bushido win out again.
Is this the last in the series?
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Chris is the author of the award-winning Young Samurai series. Young Samurai is an action-adventure martial arts trilogy for readers aged 10 plus. The first book in the series, The Way of the Warrior, was released to great acclaim in August 2008. Young Samurai 2: The Way of the Sword was released in July 2009. Young Samurai 3: The Way of the Dragon is being published by Puffin in March 2010.
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