The Ring of Water
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 ...more
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,...more
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 ...more
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.
*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 ...more
In The Ring of Water, we meet a brand new kind of Japanese warrior – a ronin. I’ve only snatched glimpses so far i ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
* 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I picked this book because Angelica recommended to me and I really wanted to read the whole series.
I finished th ...more
I picked up this book because I have read all the one b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more