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The Ring of Water

(Young Samurai #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,684 ratings  ·  78 reviews

Autumn, 1614. Bruised and battered, Jack Fletcher wakes up in a roadside inn wrapped only in a dirty kimono. He has lost everything, including his memory of what happened.

Determined to discover the truth, Jack goes on a quest to retrieve his belongings - his precious swords, his friend Akiko's black pearl and most important of all, his fat
Paperback, 297 pages
Published March 5th 2011 by Puffin
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Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

In the fifth book of the Young Samurai series, Jack Fletcher is once again surrounded by enemies as he continues his quest to reach Nagasaki and hopefully find passage back to England. Jack wakes up to find himself in an inn, bruised and battered. He has no memory of how he got that way. Not only has he lost his memory of recent events he’s lost all his possessions as well. So begins his quest to find not only his missing memories but also his possessions. With the help of a masterless samurai,

Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great Young Samurai book. This book embodies everything about Martial arts. As a martial arts fan and martial artist myself love this book and this whole series. Even more impressive is that fact that my 9 year old loved these book almost as much as his iPad. The only time I can get him to come off the iPad is when he can read these books.

Chris Bradford must have grown up watching as many martial arts movies as I did. There are bits from the classic in almost everyone of his book. Great
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jack Fletcher is back in a brand new adventure. When he wakes up with no memory of what happens to him and his belongings stolen, Jack teams up with a thief and a drunken ronin Samurai to retrieve his belongings from evil bandits. Will he succeed and survive? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great installment of the Young Samurai series. If you like fantasy stories set in Japan, be sure to check this series out at your local library and wherever books and ebooks are sold.
Axel Dopfer
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jack wanted to go home to his sister but he woke up without any memory of the previous night in a compassionate restaurant owner's house with everything haven been stolen from him so he got back to full health when he met a Ronin and a thief, then he together with his friends went on a quest to find his things. This story is about perseverance, compassion and sacrifice ...more
Highness Atharva
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Young Samurai Book 5
*The Ring of Water*
Well, what can I say? This 'Young Samurai' series has really got me hooked, it is indeed a beuatiful work by Chris Bardford who I owe a lot of things for writing these wonderful story book that never fail to pleas me. In the fifth book,the characters have grown a lot, especially Jack who continues to go through all the trouble adn the hardships but still, determined and without losing hope continues his journey towards Nagasaki, but the plot completely take
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well, it appears that, for storylines, Japan is the country that just keeps on giving and fortunately for me, Chris Bradford is the author that just keeps on receiving. I love the premise of this story: Jack wakes up to find everything gone, including his memory of what happened and he has to gradually put his life back together. Cue thrilling adventures and wonderful new characters.

In The Ring of Water, we meet a brand new kind of Japanese warrior – a ronin. I’ve only snatched glimpses so far i
Davis Hitch
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Not the best book in the series but I will admit the writing is fantastic and the bonds that Jack makes are undeniably strong. Jack wakes up with no memory and tries to find all of his belongings in a weird Samurai-Esq version of the Hangover. Yet as you can wonder any good series has a book along these lines. You can hardly write a good one without it. The fight scenes in this book are crazy good and keep you longing for more. I have read the 3rd to 6th book just starting Wednesday. Although I ...more
Taylor Walters
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. I love the whole series but this one is especially good. I like the genre, which is historical fiction and action, and I love the characters. I like Jack and Ronin because they are tough but honorable too. I really hate Kazuki, one of the antagonists and I wish Jack killed him in one of the many chances he gets in the book. I recommend this book to boys or anyone who likes action. I can't wait till the next book in the series comes out. ...more
Prechana Limbu
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Young Samurai is the series i've loved since the first page of the first book! It is so well written. Once you start reading it, it's hard to put in down. This book has bought new thrilling scenes and sometimes it brings the chill down your spine. And the way it ends it just perfect. I can't wait for the next book! ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In Ring of Earth, we spent the story with the Ninja. In Ring of Water, we spend it with a ronin, a wandering and masterless samurai, and a number of old enemies who re-emerge to plague Jack’s life. Fortunately, the ronin, though flawed, fights for Jack, not against him. And the lively girl of this story fights for him too. Though her martial arts skills are practically non-existent, she has the heart of a tiger, just like Akiko and Miyuki (both of whom we all miss). A fascinating and compl
Sankalp R
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very exciting. I really liked Ronin's character development.
Here is how I see the story:
Jack-kun is on a journey filled with enemies but he weaves through them with the help of some unexpected friends, every time. This is also the soul of this book. Having lost all his belongings and the memories of a few days, Jack is found beaten almost to death. So he sets on a quest to recover them, with a drunk Ronin and a hinin.
There are some very interesting parts where they trick a daimyo in his own gam
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve really enjoyed these books and I’ve gotten quite attached to Jack. I thought it would be difficult to like these additional books after the initial trilogy (because I had gotten so fond of the first group of characters), but these new companions and adventures are just as engaging as the first ones. This one felt a little more light-hearted (maybe because of the silliness of the Riddling Monk), I could almost imagine it as an animated TV series. I really like that so far each of the sequels ...more
Thomas Wright
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is the 5th book in the series and it felt very much a filler book

still action packed and fun to read but does not have the same level of impact the 1st 3 books had

the series is feeling a bit detached from the main 3 books but it still has some great emotional moments and the action is as good as always

one take away from this book that is not in the previous books of the series is the theme of redemption

on to book 6 i go the ring of fire
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favbooks
IT WAS SO GOOD. I loved it the plot was amazing and there was so much creativity. In the previous books the grammar and writing style were not very good but in this book I saw some MAJOR improvement!! I can’t wait to read the next books.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i liked it i would have rated it 4.8
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
As great as the other books in this series. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After being trained as a ninja, a ronin helped Jack get his way safely to Nagasaki, so that he could get back home. The story became more interesting and more addicting.
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3.5 stars
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic addition to the young samurai series. Jack gets more and more friends whilst writing down more names on his enemy list.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jack wakes up and can't remember the last few days of his life and he is injured and all his treasured and valuable belongings are missing. I really enjoy this series and it will appeal to fans of the Ranger's Apprentice series.

* Gruff Ronin, struggling with his demons in the bottle of a sake jug
* Loyal, thief Hana
* Jack inspiring trust and respect and gaining new friends
* Clever chapter titles
* Glossary of Japanese words in the back of the book
* Though we don't meet any of his old friends
Ernest Yeo
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The plot of this book is about how Jack finds himself remembering nothing, his belonging missing and injured. Jack then comes to befriend a theft and a master less samurai and tries to recover his belongings and as the story develops, Jack remembers more about how he landed in his initial state and how he lost his belongings.

The setting of the book is in Japan where foreigners are no longer welcomed when the new Shogun controls Japan and Jack main goal is to reach Nagasaki and leave Japan and be
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the series. In this book Jack wakes up without any memory of what happened in the last couple of days.
Determined to find his stolen belongings he encounters Ronin (a samurai without master) and Hana a "thief". This trio have one thing in common, they are outcasts and are on their to find the stolen goods.

This story is fun to read. Although reading through the book I could not help but find references to some movies from the latest years. The riddling monk reminds me of
Tracy Tang
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, adventure, april-14
Jack wakes up, not remembering a single thing, is battered and bruised in an inn. Jack goes and tries to retrieve his personal belongings. As the emperor tries to murder him, he comes along to find himself in a terrible situation: Kazuki plots to find Akiko and kill her in Toba before Jack gets there. Will Jack be able to save Akiko? Or will the Kazuki claim his reward to Jack's head?

I picked this book because Angelica recommended to me and I really wanted to read the whole series.

I finished th
Angelica Galanis
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, apr-14
Jack finds himself in a little barn and he can't remember how he got there and what happened to him. He can't find any of his belongings including his fathers precious rutter. Jack makes two new friends that will help him find his belongings but can he really trust a drunk man and a thief? Will they actually help him or turn him in to the emperor? But how will Jack find his belongings if he can't remember how he lost them in the first place?

I picked up this book because I have read all the one b
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Okay, so I couldn't bring myself to stop after the last one. I love the era and need the escapism. So...into this latest book I go!

I'm about half way through right now and am excited that the 6th book was just recently released. (Guess what I'm going to buy when I'm done with this?) :)

Just finished this one up...and had to immediately go buy the latest one that just came out earlier this month. I have really enjoyed this series and easily place it up there with Percy Jackson and other YA adventu
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
First reaction when I got this book? I just screamed! I really waited for so long to get my hands on this book! And I really did miss reading about Jack's adventures. But this is probably my least favourite book in the series since Akiko is not here AND there is nothing "new" here. I just feel that this book is just a stop-over for Jack and for his journey to Nagasaki to slow down. But nevertheless, I still love Jack. ^^ ...more
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Chris Bradford is the bestselling author of the Young Samurai, Bodyguard and Soul 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 b

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