by Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Genre: Action, Historical, Japan, YA
Hardback: 320 pages
Seventeen-year-old Jet Black is a ninja.
There's only one problem—she doesn't know it.
Others do, however, and they're scheming to capture her and uncover her secrets. When her mother dies, Jet knows only that she must go to Japan to protect a family treasure hidden in her ancestral land. She's terrified, but if Jet won't fight to protect her world, who will?
Stalked by bounty hunters and desperately in love with the man who's been sent to kill her, Jet must be strong enough to protect the treasure, preserve an ancient culture, and save a sacred mountain from destruction. In Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, multiple award-winning author, poet, and translator team Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani make their first foray into young adult fiction with a compulsively readable tale whose teenage heroine must discover if she can put the blade above the heart—or die trying.
I found this to be an exciting read filled with the right amount of mystery, ninja action, Japanese history and heroine coming-of-age.
Wind as a entity, a kind of character in the story, brought a magical aura to the story that reminded me of the fantasy martial arts fight scenes in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which is a genre I enjoy.
This story also got me thinking of family, family heritage and family loyalty.
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