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The Ring of Fire (Young Samurai #6)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,772 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
JACK FLETCHER FACES HIS TOUGHEST CHALLENGE YET.After a snowstorm forces him to take shelter, Jack comes across a village in need of protection from raiding mountain bandits. Torn between moving on or helping, Jack is persuaded to stay and fight the villagers' cause.But Jack is the first and only samurai to do so. Now he must enlist other warriors to the villagers' aid befo ...more
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published August 4th 2011)
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Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jack Fletcher is still being hunted but when he stumbles into a small village that is being threatened by bandits he is faced with a difficult problem. Does he risk helping defend the village as a samurai should and risk being caught by those looking for him or should he continue to run?

As with the other stories in the series, The Ring of Fire is a quick read but well worth it. Jack continues to grow and mature as he faces more and more difficult challenges. Each time he falls he picks himself b

Axel Dopfer
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Jack wanted was to go to the port of Nagasaki where he would take a ship home. But, he was caught in a snowstorm and was forced to take shelter in a village. In this village he encountered some villagers from the Tamagashi village looking for help from the feared bandit Akuma. So he agreed to help these villagers, then when Akuma attacked he defended the village from him this led to Akuma being defeated. This story is about bravery, hope, and perseverence.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Chris manages to write an amazing book!

This series is AMAZING! I loved every book!

The Ring of Fire is great as well. It will keep you addicted and want you to read more.

Can't wait for The Ring of Wind
Atharva Shah
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Samurai Book 6
*Way of The Fire*
The way of the Fire is another great addition to the Young Samurai series. A very thrilling, irresistable and an entertaining book that is sure to hold your attention. To tell the truth, I read this book after a weeks gap (I prepared for an HP quiz during that week, but lets not shift the focus) so I was a bit unsure about Young Samurai, but tonight after completing the book, I'm very thrilled and entertained. The Young Samurai series by Chris Bardford tells
2.5 stars
This book fell short of Young samurai standard.And the title's relation with the book is a little remote.
It felt as if Bradford just pushed the Ring of Fire in for the sake of the title.
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
While Jack is still an underdog hero, I do not feel that I know him as well as I did in the earlier books. These last two books in particular feel more like television episodes than novels. There is a lot of action and a good story, but the overall plot of the series is not moving forward in my opinion. Jack is still on the run and pursued by other samurai, as he was in the end of the third book. He has had a few adventures, but from my reading, he does not seem to have fundamentally changed as ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this novel (having loved the previous 5) It's just a retelling of Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai with characters from the earlier books in starring roles, (and Chris admits this on his website) other characters were suggested and named in online competitions by his fans, so the series plot doesn't advance and the whole novel feels assembled like flat pack furniture. Jack ends up no nearer Nagasaki than he was at the end of book three.

I will forgive Mr Bradford if he GETS ON
Dave Lee
This book was not as good as the others and I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that this story is basically Seven Samurai (or the Magnificent Seven, if you prefer). There's little difference from that story and I'd prefer a more original story. But, it was still worth the read.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Chris Bradford. I love this book. As much as I like the rest of the series, I think this is my favourite so far. Each chapter is 5 or 6 pages on average. Everytime I finished a chapter it usually finished on a cliff hanger, I wanted to read the next one instantly. My logic was there are only a few pages anyway till the next chapter. I got late a couple of times because I did not want the put the book down.

Jack enters the mountains trying to louring his enemies after him ins
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Book of Five Rings episodes of Young Samurai, I’ve really enjoyed exploring the rest of Japan with Jack: finding out what exists beyond the walls of the samurai school and meeting an ever unique cast of new characters. That being said, I have to say I was gushing with excitement to see some of the old characters make a reappearance in The Ring of Fire. I’m not going to tell you which ones they are but I can honestly say I was on the verge of tears to see them again, just when Jack needed ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked it
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i liked it
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bradley Kemp
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Young Samurai: Ring of Fire Book Review
Imagine you’re in Japan. Back in the day when samurai and ninja lived and ruled. You are alone have no food but your spirit isn’t dead yet. This is exactly how Jack Fletcher feels. The title of this book I am reviewing is called Young Samurai: Ring of Fire. The author of this fantastic book is Chris Bradford. The publisher is Puffin Books and it was published in England. The date this book was published was 2
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Samurai the ring of fire by Chris Bradford is the sixth book of the best selling Young Samurai series. It starts yet again with Jack, the protagonist in this book, being in trouble on his journey to his home country England. This time Jack finds himself in the middle of a snowstorm with no food. He then meets a group of villagers who promises to give him food in the condition that he helps them ward off bandits who steal their rice. Jack later finds out that the bandits are from 30 to 40 ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you love Japanese culture!
The Young Samurai: The Ring of Fire is the sixth installment in the Young Samurai series, it's exciting, bloody and thrilling!

Upon his journey to Nagasaki, Jack comes across three farmers to seek help for their village because of raiding bandits who takes their rice. Jack who is torn between helping and leaving, decides to help. But a single young samurai is impossible to defeat 40 bandits! So Jack calls his friends for help, however the sake is higher than ever as the price on Jack's head being
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Lewat tengah malam tapi masih lanjut baca buku di seri Samurai ini. Setelah berpisah jalan dengan Hana dan Ronin, di buku ini dia bertemu kembali dengan teman teman lamanya sewaktu dia di sekolah samurai tahun sebelumnya. Saburo (yang di akhir buku dua terluka terkena panah saat menyelamatkan hidup Jack) dan Yori (teman kecil mereka yang mirip mirip Sensei Yamada). Jack dimintai tolong oleh petani untuk melindungi desa mereka dari serangan bandit. Berhubung si bandit ini ada sekitar 40 orang, ti ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Juni 2013 mijn eerste kennis making met Jack Fletcher om binnen 3 weken totaal betoverd te worden door De weg van de krijger,De weg van het zwaard en De weg van de draak. Helaas schreef ik toen de tijd nog geen recensies.

De boeken van Chris Bradford zijn een echte aanrader voor jong en oud die houden van Geschiedenis of Japan of sport of gevecht kunst of Samoerai of Ninja na het lezen van deel één was ik fan van allemaal.

Nu bijna 3 jaar later eindigt deze reis. Meer hier over vertel ik bij

Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october2012
This book is about a young samurai named Jack who is a gaijin and the lord has sent soldiers to come kill him because he is not welcome in japan. When he is trying to make his way back to Nagasaki to go on a boat bound for England he stumbles upon a village in need of help of Samurai. When he was travelling in the a different village he gets kidnapped by the village leader. Then when the leader takes him to a rice farm the leader asked him to help him and the village. From the evil mountain band ...more
Robin Carter
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
So having been sent a copy of this book i felt obliged to read it, im not a massive fan of grown ups reading kids books, if you want to know if a kids book/ Young Adult book is any good, ask a kid/ Young Adult...not an old fart.
But i was mildly surprised with this one, all the hype and marketing blurb about awards etc... usually leave me suspicious and cold to a book, and i was sceptical about this one. However this is an author who lives his subject matter and it comes across in the writing, so
Matilda Rose
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Fletcher comes across a poor farming community, who are under attack from Akuma, a bloodthirsty bandit. He attacks their camp every black moon and is feared by all the farmers. Jack promises to help them and gathers a small group of seven samurai, including himself, to defend the villagers. Jack's old friend, Yori, has become a monk, and is a wise man. He decides to build an army of straw soldiers to make it look like the bandits are outnumbered. The ninja Miyuki also comes to Jack's aid, a ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great because everyone is together and they all work together to stop bandits and their evil leader Akuma from raiding desperate farmers. Honestly, when I first started the book I felt sorry for the farmers, till the middle then there was no sympathy at all because they were too desperate and rude. I was glad that Miyuki actually showed up and helped. I loved Neko, adeaf and mute farm girl with soo much skill and potential. I thought Yudaii's relationship with her was so cute, but ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And just when I thought it can't go worse than Ring of Water, Chris Bradford found a way to prove me wrong. Ring of Fire is a variation of the Seven Samurai story. Bradford pays respect to his inspiration, but I expected he will go a bit futher with the story, but instead all we've got was a poor rehash of the classic tale. Furthermore, there is almost no character development, and this volume treats Jack as just one of the characters, but in no means as the main one. But that is not the problem ...more
This series is overstaying its welcome. Here we get a retelling of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, but it does not fit very well in the overall plot of the series. Characters from previous books appear for no good reason and we get a story that has little to do with the series. How many filler books have we had with Jack trying to reach Nagasaki? It's getting ridiculous.

Forgetting the frustrating refusal to get on with the main arc, we get an OK story, but not as good as the first books in the series.
Finished this book within 2 days so my review might be biased on that. I have been reading this series for a long time now and I love how every book is a new adventure in itself. I have grown quite fond of the characters and this book was as good as its predecessors. BUT I felt everything was happening too fast. Its probably becuase my brain has matured beyond these books, but I felt not enough importance was given to a particular situation and thus it kinda seemed unnrealistic.

Total 3.5/5 star
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Fletcher continues to grow and learn - this time as the leader of an unlikely group of spirited individuals who come together under Jack's leadership for the sake of an endangered village seeking hope in the face of certain annihilation. Incorporating all that he has learned on his journey thus far, Jack delegates defensive strategies to his comrades in ways that acknowledge and affirm their diversified tactical strengths and together they fortify the village and collaborate to bring peace ...more
Hami Charles
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the author describes Nakamura Scarface he describes him I just think about a man with a ragged beard and leather armor with a helmet that had a crescent with a red scar on his face, and that reminded me of my old karate teacher which had a similar scar on his face.I think this is a strong image in the book. I think this is an excellent book by Chris Bradford. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it or is think about reading it.
This is a very childish book with a very childish theme. Honestly if you are over 12 then i doubt this will appeal to you. It is very predictable and every single time there is a problem the good guys always figure out a way to overcome evil and such. The fights are all too predictable and every single time, somehow against all the odds good always beats evil even if evil is much stronger good always finds a way to defeat evil.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I've mentioned this elsewhere, but this series SO deserves to be read by a bigger audience. For anyone who enjoys the action and pace of Rick Riordan - I think they would enjoy these books as well. It just gets better and better with each new book. I almost wish that I wasn't so into this newest book, because once I'm done...I have to WAIT patiently for a new book!
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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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