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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan
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Jan 24, 12

bookshelves: action, boy-protagonist, kid-lit, ya-novel
Read in January, 2012

This is a great addition to the series, but I won't pretend it really felt like an ending---sure, everyone grew more, but they do that every book. The action was neatly portrayed (as always) and even the side characters were intriguing, but I thought he rushed the ending a little. The battle came to a swift conclusion (not a problem within the plot), but then that part of the story just ended cold turkey. I wanted to know more about the interactions of the warring parties that had come together for the last push. I especially wanted to know how the outsiders were treated when the people saw some of their legends were absolutely false. Overall, I loved the book (though it took me four months to pick it up again after hitting page 130), but found some important story angles lacking within the narrative.
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