Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: Legend of a Ninja: Beneath the Shadows by Jarius Raphel

Legend of a Ninja: Beneath the Shadows

Book: Legend of a Ninja: Beneath the Shadows
Author: Jarius Raphel
Publisher: Jarius Raphel
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:

Legend of a Ninja is a series that explores the world of the ninja. With an anime style and a fantasy setting, the YA stories are focused on relationships and characters.

In the prequel, Beneath the Shadows, see how The Order of the ninja is controlled by very powerful ninjas. Keeping the shadows balanced becomes a very difficult task when a ninja chooses to openly defy the Iofrehn clan.

In the Iofrehn clan, relationships are forbidden. Seen as a weakness, love itself is a curse to the clear mind and focus of a true ninja. But when one ninja seeks permission to love, his struggle for survival will shake The Order of ninjas to its core.

Can you still trust your heart when the secrets beneath the shadows are revealed?

My Review:

Legend of a Ninja: Beneath the Shadows is a good book. I have read most of the other short stories in this series. I enjoyed reading them and reading a Ninja story for the first time.

Zyonel and Wrath are members of the Iofrehn clan, where relationships are forbidden. The problem with this Zyonel has been keeping his sercret relationship with his wife Auro and daughter Leena a secret for years. Wrath was a lone ninja until Zyonel found him many years ago and had him join the Iofrehn clan. There is a love triangle made up of Zyonel, Auro and Wrath. On top of that there is other problems going on throughout the story.

This book brings together the characters from the short stories together in this full length novel. I liked certain characters from each of the short stories and wasn't sure how I felt about them all being in the same book. The plot pretty much focuses on the same characters and their love triangle. I personally would have liked to have read about some of the other characters and their stories. I got somewhat bored with this relationship/triangle.

The writing is good and there's action and lots of twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out the author threw another curve ball. The last part of the book was the best I thought. The ending left us with a cliffhanger. I will being reading the other books in this series because overall I do enjoy reading them.

This e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.        

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