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The Way of the Sword ( Young Samurai #2)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  2,973 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
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 July 2nd 2009 by Puffin (first published 2009)
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Jul 06, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing
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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 foun

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.

Oct 02, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it
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 Faizal
Jan 30, 2011 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 19, 2016 MeruChii rated it really liked it
I sometimes act like a proud mother while reading this book - Jack-kun is growing up into a great samurai ;( AND YAMADA SENSEI IS JUST SO AWESOME
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
Jul 26, 2011 Lyrical rated it it was amazing
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
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
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it liked it
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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
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.
Mar 03, 2011 Jianne rated it really liked it
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
Susan Peterson
Sep 30, 2011 Susan Peterson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
Trey Parker
Oct 03, 2012 Trey Parker rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
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
Jan 08, 2015 Dafydd Kordom rated it really liked it
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.
May 28, 2015 Mcowie8 rated it really liked it
After being shipwrecked, rescued and taught the way of the warrior, he begins the next part of his training, the way of the sword, in which he learns to fight blind-folded with a bō staff, from a newly employed instructor at the academy.
Nov 21, 2014 مريم rated it liked it
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.
Jul 28, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sequel about the English boy Jack continuing his studies at a samurai school in 17th century Japan.
Margaret Ann
Nov 14, 2016 Margaret Ann rated it really liked it
There were some slow parts, but it picked up at the ending, which was satisfying. Obviously, the end leads to Book Three in the series, but I like the way Bradford tied up loose ends. There are some characters who we are supposed to be able to trust, but are not altogether trustworthy. It would be interesting to see how that drama plays out in the next book in the series.
Nov 14, 2016 Oliver rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book because it has lots of action and a good plot.
Freddy Liu
Nov 20, 2016 Freddy Liu rated it really liked it
Good book, interesting I like.
Oct 10, 2016 Mihir rated it really liked it
A fantastic sequel to the action packed Way of the Warrior. Has more depth than the first book and it concentrates more on Jack's personal life like Jess and his rutter. Dragon Eye is still after the book but Jack needs it to get home. Will he master the Way of the Sword to defeat Dragon Eye? This book is one of the most hooking books ever. Thumbs up.
Daniel P
Apr 19, 2014 Daniel P rated it really liked it
Shelves: form-1-reading
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
Aug 06, 2014 minky_monster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
.:FLOE:. Floe
Feb 19, 2010 .:FLOE:. Floe rated it it was amazing
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
Wilson Arias
Sep 18, 2016 Wilson Arias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L.M. Preston
Dec 18, 2010 L.M. Preston rated it really liked it

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
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 it was amazing
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
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
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Chris Bradford is the bestselling author of the Young Samurai, Ninja and Bodyguard Series.

Chris is renowned for his inspiring author events and ‘method writing’ style. For his award-winning Young Samurai series, he trained in samurai swordmanship, karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu. For his BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to
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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)

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