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The Way of the Sword (Young Samurai #2)

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JAPAN 1612.

One year of training in samurai school and Jack is in real trouble…
He’s struggling to prepare for the Circle of Three, an ancient ritual that tests courage, skill and spirit to the limit. At the same time, Jack is caught in a running battle with fellow student Kazuki and his gang.
But these are the least of Jack’s problems. He knows his deadly rival – the ninja D
Paperback, 379 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Puffin Books (first published 2009)
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Sasurai muen
Mina hateru


Feeling lonely
Wandering alone in strange country, helpless
Everyone is dead
To have a revenge
Must become a non-samurai being granted be
privilege of wearing a sword

Tanka (puisi) oleh Kenji Sekiguchi, mengawali kisah lanjutan perjalanan hidup seorang bocah Inggris bernama Jack Fletcher. Setelah satu tahun tinggal di Jepang serta mendalami Jalan Hidup Ksatria, kali ini Jack harus memahami Jalan Hidup pedang untuk menjadi Samurai Sejati.

I just read The Way of the Sword by Chris Bradford. In this epic novel, British samurai-in-training Jack Fletcher struggles with prejudice, ninja, and his rival Kazuki who believes that gaijin, or foreigners, do not belong in Japan. In this installment of the series, Jack also enters the Circle of Three trials. If he passes them, he will be chosen to compete in the three challenges of Mind, Body and Spirit to determine if he is worthy enough to learn the Two Heavens, a legendary technique taught ...more
Hafsah Laziaf
Review by my 12 year old brother

After a vicious ninja attack left him orphaned and stranded in Japan, Jack Fletcher managed to complete his first year of samurai school. Still, his troubles are far from over. The prejudice of his Japanese classmates has gained him dangerous enemies within his school, and Dragon Eye -- the ninja who killed his father -- is still after him. Jack's only hope of defeating them lies in surviving the Circle of Three: an ancient ritual that tests a samurai's courage
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Ninja pirates killed Jack’s father when they attacked his ship. Jack was rescued by a samurai sword master who takes him to his samurai school in Japan and begins training Jack in the way of the Samurai.

The way of the Samurai is very similar to something Jack does understand being an English schoolboy…and that is the chivalry of English Knights. The rules about loyalty, honor and mad fighting skills are very much the same whether you are talking about Japanese Samurai or English Knights. The Jap
Once again, thumbs up for Chris Bradford's second installment in the Young Samurai's series. A very good job indeed.

My thoughts,

- Once again, it was a great read.
- I love the fighting scenes. They were definitley more intense. Tougher.
- I can really see each character's developments. And indeed, they were more mature here.
- I just adore Jack more and more. He has such a big impact on me. CUTE!!
- I'm loving the Japanese culture more and more.
- The writing is really good, the way Mr. Bradford narr
Jack has spent a year at the Niten Ichi Ryu training as a samurai, but having proven himself to his friends, now he has to prove himself against the ultimate samurai test: the Circle of Three.

The great thing about Chris Bradford’s Young Samurai books is that no matter how much he has told you in the last book or how much you think you have learnt, the next book is jam packed with new lessons and new experiences. Each subsequent book you pick up is like a brand new packet of crisps, bursting with
Jack is an English boy on board his father's ship to Japan when a group of ninjas attacked the ship, the only survivor, Jack. Now in Japan, Jack is learning to be a samurai under the care of the daimyo, Matsumoto-sama. He is determined to keep his father's rutter, a powerful source of information protected and a secret. But will protecting it be a great sacrifice? Will his friends and those around him get hurt?

Young SAMURAI I could not have passed by that book without seeing what it was about.
Trey Parker
Young Samurai The Way of The Sword author Chris Bradford.
This is the second book in the series it is following him learning in the first book the way of the japanese. Now he is progressing in his samurai skills why faced with somebody hunting him for the last thing left of his father and being faced with The Circle of Three. My favorite part in the book was when he faced the challenge of escaping the castle with the kings new security system. They were seeing if it was ninja proof so hey put jac
Susan Peterson
I've read the first two in the Young Samurai Series. Let me say, first of all, that I enjoyed them. They are young adult books, but they are decent light reading for adults who don't take their martial arts novels too seriously. They are, however, shameless in their cribbing of popular motifs.

The Young Samurai books are what you get when you cross James Clavell's "Shogun" with the Harry Potter novels. See if this sounds familiar: a European stranded in Japan is adopted by a powerful samurai and
This book was about perseverance and making up for your mistakes.

* Jack and his friends, Akiko, Yamato and Yuri
* Jack always asks how people are doing, thinking of them first
* Kazuki is such a mean and horrible bully to Jack that I can't stand him, but the character is developed well in order to produce such a dislike in me
* Furoshin - unshakable calm
* Mushin - the samurai state of "no mind" where your sword is part of you and you expect nothing but are ready for anything
* Don't be afraid
So with this second book of the Young Samurai Series I have to say that it didn't disappoint.

Like with the first one. This book had a lot of information concerning ninjas, samurai, and other aspects of Japanese culture. And also like the first one the story mostly follows Jack in training how to be a samurai. The first part of the book focuses on Jack preparing for an ancient ritual that tests a samurai's courage, skill, and spirit. The next part is Jack and a few other students going through th
At the risk of cliche, this is very much a Japanese version of Harry Potter (with a strong overlay of Shogun). I didn't read the first book, but that didn't seem to matter that much. In the second installment, Jack (an English teen stranded in Japan after the boat he and his father were on is run aground; his father is murdered by the ninja Dragon Eye) is in samurai training school, still feeling his way and trying to find out 1. how he can get home to England and his younger sister Jess and 2. ...more
Dafydd Kordom
An intelligent, talented boy named Jack. Jack wants to part of this elite training program but is up against a lot of difficult tasks to join the group. So he trains 3 times a day to get in the group. Then he has dreams about meeting his worst enemy Dragon Eye. This book is about helping one another, trusting people and the ability to work hard.
The ending made me a bit curious but I don't think I will read the next book. Maybe I'll just read spoilers to know what's going to happen, and to know what Akiko was up to.

You know how it is when you find a book you really love, you pick up the sequel and you so hope it’s as good as the first one. You just pray you’re not going to be disappointed. The Way of the Sword was every bit as good as The Way of the Warrior . If you are into martial arts or Eastern culture I think you’ll love these books. I found I could totally relate to the main character, Jack Fletcher. Like the first book, once I started I just couldn’t put it down. Even when I had homework to do I fo

The second installment in the Young Samurai trilogy, the Way of the Sword, was just as great as the first! In this book, you grow to love the unique cast of characters a little more and see the intense training the samurai students go through. There are a few plot twists in the story that I enjoyed, especially since they pertain to Jack's steadily developing character. Even if a couple ideas from the last book were reused, such as a skill-based contest occurring and relentless gaijin hating (you ...more
I enjoyed this sequel about the English boy Jack continuing his studies at a samurai school in 17th century Japan.
Apr 21, 2015 Joanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adventure Readers, Young Samurai Series Lover + Readers
Shelves: favourites
Rated this book 5 stars because there were so adventures of the words that are written. I really liked the fact that (most) of the characters didn't just give up-they continued their journey through hard times, grief, and pain. Jack is really a good guy throughout the series but I liked the fact that the author wrote the book so magically that I thought I was seeing everything in front of me. I truly had felt the main character (Jack) in this book and with the rest of characters in the book and ...more
Ini salah satu buku diskonan Mizan yg gw beli akhir tahun kemaren. Harganya murah, belasan ribu aja waktu itu. Siapa sangka, isinya membuat gw terkesan. Buku ini merupakan buku kedua dari serinya, yg gw ga tertarik untuk mencari judul pertamanya. Sebagai pendahuluan, setting cerita ada di tahun 1600an, jauh sebelum Restorasi Meiji dimana Jepang mulai membuka hubungan dengan dunia luar. Di sinilah, Jack Fletcher, seorang anak laki-laki 13 tahun terdampar di Jepang. Kapal yang membawanya berlayar ...more
Daniel P
In the book Young Samurai: Way of the Sword by Chris Bradford, Bradford continuously comes back to never giving up. This story takes place in the early 1600’s in the so-called “Japans”. It all starts when Jack’s father and crew members are slaughtered by ninjas led by Dragon eye. When Jack awakens, he figures out that the great samurai Masamoto, who lost one of his sons to Dragon eye, rescued him. Next, Masamoto takes him to a highly respected samurai school. When this book starts, Jack is going ...more
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Satu lagi buku tentang samurai yang bagus menurut saya, mulai dari tema ceritanya, sampai cara bertutur si penulisnya.
BUku ini mengajarkan tentang samurai secara keseluruhan, mulai dari filsafat-filsafatnya sampai dengan teori pertarungannya dan juga tata krama dan adat istiadat jepang. Buat para pecinta cerita samurai,buku ini sangat direkomendasikan, krn byk megajarkan ttg arti seorang Bushido,samurai sejati.

Ini buku kedua dari kisah si jack kun, dan dari buku pertama aku sudah tegoda utk teru
L.M. Preston

My daughter and I read this book. She is my TEEN Book Reviewer: Here's her review.

I loved this book! Although this is the second book in the series (I didn't know that when I asked my mom to read it. I think she got it from some book conference she was at). The cover was interesting and made me think it was an action book. Anyways, this book had the best fight scenes ever (only problem was some went on for too long - so I took off 1 star because of it). Th
I remember when I read book one I was surprised by how much I liked it. Well, here again my expectations have been surpassed. Jack doesn't feel like a real person, but Yamato and Akiko (my favorites, rather conventionally) make up for his lack of personality. Besides which I suspect Jack is a stand-in for the reader anyway.

Favorite passage: (no spoiler markings because it really isn't a spoiler)

"Shall I let you in on a secret? I'm not really blind..."

Jack knew it. The bo master had been faking a
Margo Tanenbaum
British author Chris Bradford continues his action-packed saga of samurai and ninja in the second installment of The Young Samurai series: The Way of the Sword. Jack Fletcher, shipwrecked, orphaned by ninja pirates, and then adopted by a samurai in 17th century Japan, has completed his first year of samurai school. His problems are not over, however; his classmates still taunt him as a "gaijin" (barbarian foreigner), anti-Christian sentiment is spreading, and worse yet, the evil ninja Dragon Eye ...more
Terri Pray
Jan 16, 2012 Terri Pray rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adult fantasy and historical fans, Fans of the Rangers Apprentice.
The second in the Young Samurai series and the author continues to impress me.

Jack, a gaijin orphan who has been adopted by the Samurai Masamoto, continues to train as a Samurai but now faces the challenge of the Circle of Three. Set in a time when outsiders were not only rare but on the verge of being thrown out of Japan, Jack is also the target of the Ninja Dragon Eye who seeks the rutter left in Jack's care by his father. The rutter holds the navigation secrets that would unlock trading rout
Again, this book is amazing! I think that Chris Bradford is my favorite author at the minute, and I LOVE his books! The characters he creates are so believable! I think that believable characters make a lot of difference as to whether or not I enjoy reading a book, so this is a really good thing.I can't wait for the weekend to be over so that I can go and get the next book, 'Way of the Dragon' out of the school library! Totally awesome book that everyone should read!
This book was fantastic. Definately a great follow-up to the first book! Jack, after being stranded in Japan and losing his father to the most brutal ninja out there, Dragon Eye, has to fight his way into the Circle of Three. Not only is it obvious that he dosen't belong there, but he has to deal with the constant torture of Kazuki & his friends. Jack has to prove to his friends, Kazuki, and himself that he has what it takes to learn the Two Heavens. Along the way he will test his strength, ...more
Resti  Triyuliandha
Sama seperti buku pertama, buku ini juga cepet dibaca. Terjemahannya enak banget bacanya, kertasnya juga. Hehe. Nyamanlah yang pasti. Kembali lagi ke jalan cerita di buku ini. Ini adalah tahun kedua Jack di Jepang dan disekolah samurai. Di buku ini dia mengikuti kontes Lingkaran Tiga bersama sahabatnya Akiko dan Yamato. Sayang, Yamato gagal terpilih. Disini dia belajar jurus baru. Lupa namanya apa. Abis dalam bahasa Jepang sih.
Paling suka Yamada Sensei :) hehe, kayak filsafat filsafat gitu loh.
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
The second book of the Young Samurai series finds Jack, a teenage English boy who has been orphaned and stranded in Japan, entered into a samurai training contest entitled "The Circle of Three". At samurai school under the protection of his adapted family, Masamoto, Jack weathers the growing prejudice of his Japanese classmates and learns where his true friends lie. As his father's killer, the ninja Dragon Eye, continues to pursue Jack in order to gain possession of his father's log book, Jack b ...more
Laura Walin
Hyvin pitää Nuori samurai -sarjan toinen kirja kutinsa. Tässä mennään ykkösosaa (vähän) syvemmälle samuraihyveisiin, ja jännitystä, taistelua ja mielenhallintaa on ihan kotitarpeiksi. Oikein sujuvaa, hyvää luettavaa joka upposi vaikken taida ihan varsinaista kohderyhmää ollakaan.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Young Samurai (8 books)
  • The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, #1)
  • The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai, #3)
  • The Ring of Earth (Young Samurai, #4)
  • The Ring of Water (Young Samurai, #5)
  • The Ring of Fire (Young Samurai, #6)
  • The Ring of Wind (Young Samurai, #7)
  • The Ring of Sky (Young Samurai, #8)
The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, #1) The Way of the Dragon (Young Samurai, #3) The Ring of Earth (Young Samurai, #4) The Ring of Water (Young Samurai, #5) The Ring of Fire (Young Samurai, #6)

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“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.” 233 likes
“Wherever it is you may be, it is your friends who make your world.” 126 likes
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