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The Samurai's Tale

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,324 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
When the powerful Lord Takeda’s soldiers sweep across the countryside, killing and plundering, they spare the boy Taro’s life and take him along with them. Taro becomes a servant in the household of the noble Lord Akiyama, where he meets Togan, a cook, who teaches Taro and makes his new life bearable. But when Togan is murdered, Taro’s life takes a new direction: He will b ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1984)
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May 03, 2012 Cassie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know a story is going to be boring when it starts out with "How should I begin my story?" The plot was slow, the characters were difficult to keep straight, and the conflict was unconvincing. Yes, there were a few good parts, but they were few and far between. The one good thing I have to say is the love story was cute. I just found it difficult to get into this book. I only read it because I had to for school.
Jan 13, 2016 Brady rated it really liked it
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Aug 29, 2013 Macky rated it really liked it
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Jonah Schultz
Jan 19, 2016 Jonah Schultz rated it really liked it
The Samurais tale is a book about a young boy who's family is killed by an army while ran sacking his village and is taken in by that vary army to train as a future samurai. He goes though many hardships in growing up in the awful times of japans feudal age. As a young man he grows though society as he grows in age which was vary uncommon in that time. Though out the book, Christian Haugaard hints at how Toro has always had dreams of becoming a samurai just like his father before him. Toro has ...more
Tia Mukherjee
Jan 13, 2016 Tia Mukherjee rated it really liked it
I thought that "The Samurai's Tale" by Erik Christian Haugaard had a really interesting storyline, although some parts of it were kind of confusing to me. But, when I did my research on some of the questions I had, like how the feudal system in Japan worked, I was then able to understand it better. There were also so many different people/characters and places in the book, that sometimes it was hard to keep up, making me have to go back and reread certain parts. However, the author did do a good ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Kaya rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. It was easy to get into and start. Erik Christian Haugaard was able to explain the details, and the type of people the characters were very efficiently. Not to mention, it had a wide range of different types of characters with a very good description of what shaped them to be the person they are today. If you like reading books that also show a side of ancient Japan, or just to know the history of Japan in an easier way this will be \a great book.
Although I loved
Jenna Hart
Jan 13, 2016 Jenna Hart rated it really liked it
I thought that "The Samurai's Tale" was a good book. In the beginning, the main characters parents were killed leaving him with nothing but a bamboo sword. This got me interested, wondering what was to come. Erik Christian Haugaard did a good job of adding suspense however and portraying the time period, but, he left me confused at some points. I think that in order to fully understand the book you must do some research. For example, when the author was talking about all the Lords, it got confus ...more
Caitlin Finerty
Jan 13, 2016 Caitlin Finerty rated it liked it
Feudal Japan was a time where there was war broken out everywhere and no one was safe. Every person living in Japan from about 1200 to about 1600 was affected by this time. Whether you were rich or poor, lived in a city or in the mountains, you knew about the everlasting wars and the on going, restless nights of tearing through towns, killing the once who were innocent and more importantly the ones who were not. Erik Christian Haugaard, the author of The Samurai’s Tale set in Feudal Japan, chara ...more
Santosh Selvaraj
Jan 13, 2016 Santosh Selvaraj rated it it was amazing
The book Samurai's Tale was a riveting book that showed the cruelty and loyalty of the Japanese culture.

First, the author showed the power of Japanese Feudalism as harsh due to the treatment of their people if they disobeyed orders or if they did something someone else despised. “pg. 5. She was lying there in a pool of blood, dead!”, This tells you that soldiers killed a mother to a boy that was not even 5. They slayed his brothers as well. (view spoiler)
Jan 06, 2016 Vishnu rated it really liked it
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The Samurai's Tale takes place in the time of the samurai, and when lord's ruled over the land of the rising sun known as Japan. Erik Christian Haugaard well illustrates how that in Japan is a place of pride and honor and the power of having a name, and to be stripped of ones name is to lose ones dignity in the land of Japan as the young boy named Murakami Harutomo at birth but loses his right as a son of a samurai and heir to
Chase Larson
Feb 26, 2015 Chase Larson rated it really liked it
Taro is the main character of The Samurai’s Tale. He was the son of a noble samurai but then the fire nation attacked(not really it was Lord Takeda’s soldiers). He was spared but his family wasn’t. The soldier who killed his family liked him so he let him live as a servant. He also met new people like Togan who teaches him about things life. Togan really helped Taro through this hard time by making it bearable. Then one day Togan was killed by a drunken soldier. This made him mad and so from th ...more
Justin Yaker
Jan 13, 2016 Justin Yaker rated it liked it
As a reader, I found the story, The Samurai’s Tale very interesting and informative. I found the novel to be fast paced, which keeps the reader engaged. All chapters are ended on "cliff hangers" building suspense and making you want to read more. The story is based on truth and recognizes many significant historical figures and their roles in Feudal Japan. The story was boring and less conversational at parts, but for the most part I enjoyed the novel.

As the story, The Samurai’s Tale progresses
Jan 13, 2016 Bennett rated it it was ok
The book "The Samurai's Tale" was about the life of a boy who would become a samurai, as the title implies. The book is set in Feudal Japan, and portrayed the time as bleak, war torn, and with the occasional moment of tranquility. The book was not very interesting, it did not use many descriptors, did very little character development, and rushed the plot line. On the other hand, the book had its moments, it showed us the true nature of the people of that time period. But in the end, the negativ ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Maxim added it
In The Samurai's Tale, Erik Christian Haugaard illustrated feudal Japan as a time of war, loneliness, and death/losses. The author incorporates these things into the plot throughout book. These things that were incorporated were detailed and added a lot of interesting twists to the book. The author made a good choice about adding these things to the book.

Overall the book was a good book that was interesting and had a lot of parts that really got your attention. The book also had twists that made
Ari Singer
This novel tells the tale of an optimistic, dedicated boy striving to pursue his dream in becoming a samurai. Beginning at the top of the social chain, he was sent straight to the bottom after his samurai-father was killed in battle. During this book, Taro continues, step by step, climbing the social web that was the Japanese feudal society.

This book is a great read. It taught me so much about this period (The Sengoku Period) in Japanese history, where life, at the time, only consisted of one th
Bahrulhaq Al-amin
Metamorfosis seorang anak yatim piatu menjadi samurai terhormat. Dengan kerja keras, persahabatan, kehormatan, kesetiaan, cinta dan sedikit keberuntungan, Taro kecil tetap hadir hingga paragraf terakhir dari kisah samurai ini.
Seandainya penulis mau lebih bekerja keras menggambarkan peperangan demi peperangan yang tertuang dalam novel ini, mungkin saya bersedia memberi satu bintang rating lagi. Dan mungkin satu bintang terakhir bila ending lebih dramatis.
Meski demikian, saya sangat menikmati nove
Jan 08, 2015 G.L.Rose rated it really liked it
I liked The Samurai's Tale because each chapter left me wanting to read on and find out what happens. The main character is a boy named Taro in medieval Japan. After having being stolen away from his home, he is forced to travel with the warring soldiers across Japan. A nice cook helps him adjust to his new life. Tragedy befalls Taro again and he must make a decision that will alter the rest of his life. I liked the choice he made because I would like to think I would have made the same one.

I w
Sho Serrano
Dec 03, 2015 Sho Serrano rated it really liked it
This book is about a samurai fighting for the Takeda Shengen. The samurai was a son of another Shogun but was captured and became a servant serving a leader serving Takeda. Eventually the servant becomes a servant by making huge schivements in war. Takeda dies and Takeda Katsuyori takes over. Katsuyori had made more achievements than Shingen. However when Oda Nobunaga attacked Katsuyori with bulletsTakeda was losing. The samurai went off looking for something to help them and came back only to l ...more
Remy Benitah
The Samurai’s Tale takes place in a time when most of Japan was warring over the position of shogun. And so the author of this novel wants to depict it best by using different themes. By using war and family, Erik Christian Haugaard portrays Feudal Japan in the novel; The Samurai’s Tale.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a good story while learning lots about a great time in history as you go through the view point of Takeda Shingens side and how he fights to become shogun through
Michael Kramer
Jan 13, 2016 Michael Kramer rated it liked it
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Jakob Katchem
Jan 15, 2014 Jakob Katchem rated it really liked it
In the book " The Samurai's Tale", by Erik Christian Haugaard, The petted son of a noble samurai loses not only his family, but all his status. Rather than being killed with the rest, he unintentionally charms a samurai of the lord who killed his father and family, and is allowed to live - as a servant. Throughout his life, the boy seeks to return to the heights from which he descended. He meets wonderful friends, and learns many hard lessons - always in a state of war, or on the edge of it.

May 30, 2013 Austin rated it really liked it
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Oct 08, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves reading.
“The Samurai’s Tale” is a story that starts with an ordinary protagonist, taro. After his family is killed, his journey begins, as he becomes a servant for Lord Akiyama. Through this tragic, yet, beautiful tale, Taro learns one of the greatest lessons of all. But, facing such problems he encounters, he meets many new people. On this journey, Taro learns more about himself, and finds the truth behind his past, In this ‘Samurai Tale”.

I really enjoy this book, because of its clever, thought out sto
Dec 24, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it
This was actually a reading assignment for English, I finished it a few weeks before the due date. We started reading JUST after finishing a unit and project on Japan in history, not to mention I've always been fascinated by Japanese culture, so I knew a lot of the things mentioned in the book. However, there were a few things I didn't know (like some of the details on Zen, or the terms for or associated with Seppuku). Culturally, it was spot-on accurate as far as I know.

As for the story, it's a
Joo Eon P
Nov 18, 2013 Joo Eon P rated it it was ok
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Amelia Chameleon
Maybe it is a cultural bias (and 100% my fault) but I had a TERRIBLE time keeping all the characters straight. Especially since I am not familiar with all the Japanese honorifics. In some of the most troubling spots, the author added a comment about it - for example, it is considered an honor if someone uses part of their own name or nickname when they give you a name. But because the characters are renamed several times, I kept having to go back an re-read. (each stage of your life, someone giv ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Angelina rated it it was amazing
This book is majorly underrated. I know people read it for school, so it's deemed: boring, but give it a chance! The Samurai's Tale begins slowly, though once the tension has built, it's like it spirals out of control and you lose yourself to the world of 'Taro'. You feel what he feels-love, loyalty, anguish- and see everything through a young samurai's eyes.
4.5 stars- if only because the slow start. Don't put this book down unless you've gotten to page 100 and still think it's boring.
Mar 22, 2014 pdarnold rated it really liked it
A coming of age story about a boy who begins with rather noble blood only to be brought lower than even a peasant, yet dreams of one day being a worthy samurai in service of his new master. Much intrigue of war and the path to enlightenment. Lessons of humility and patience. Learning to excel and be the best you are capable of being. Learning gratitude and understanding that life is but a breeze that passes quickly. All that and a lot of adventure with a touch of romance too!
Adrian Wilen
Jan 13, 2016 Adrian Wilen rated it really liked it
The Samurai's Tale is a book filled with sorrow and vengeance right from the beginning. As soon as you get right to reading, the story immediately is set into motion. There is a good variety of action and depression throughout the book, making it a page-turner. I would only give this book a 4/5 because at points in the novel things got a bit slow and there were periods of time where there was nothing happening. Otherwise this is a book the I highly recommend
Oct 13, 2013 Timothyl rated it it was amazing
I was maybe ten years old when I read this as part of my homeschooling curriculum. I'd grown to like any mystery or drama about set in Japan (to this day, I haven't read one that I didn't at least kind of appreciate), but I wasn't quite prepared for this one. There's so much bloodshed and straight-up grit in this book that my Christian moral feathers were almost ruffled.


They weren't because the book is really well done. The characters are fascinating and out of the ordinary. Japanese cul
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Erik Haugaard was born in Denmark and has traveled extensively in the United States, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Called "a writer gifted in the art of the storyteller" by the BOSTON GLOBE, he is internationally known for his accomplishments as a playwright, poet, and translator.

Haugaard has written a number of acclaimed works for young adults that transport readers back to a time and place in history
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