THE NIGHTMARE NINJA by Simon Higgins

THE NIGHTMARE NINJA

From the "Moonshadow" series, volume 2
Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this second outing, Moonshadow’s world is still threatened by war.

The Fuma clan is ramping up attacks against members of the Grey Light Order, while Silver Wolf is building up his armies and agitating against the current shogun. When Moonshadow and Snowhawk receive a summons from the White Nun, they quickly head out to the mountain to protect their helpful psychic, but soon they realize the mission is a Fuma trap. As they face down hardened gangster Jiro, freelancer Kagero and dreamweaver Chikuma, Moonshadow finds he must also watch out for Snowhawk, who is struggling to control both her anger and her death blows. Will Moonshadow’s skill be able to prevent a Twilight War between ninja clans? While Higgins keeps the swords slashing and the action rolling, things bog down a bit when the focus falls too heavily on Moonshadow’s mystic ability to connect with and control animals. Though the villains are treacherous and possess powerful talents, the two teen ninjas are able to defeat them too easily, slightly reducing the narrative tension. The author considerately blends definitions for many Japanese words into the main text and includes a helpful glossary.

Though inevitably fighting middle-novel syndrome, Higgins effectively uses this work to set the stage for a compelling third installment. (Adventure. 10-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-316-05533-8
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2011




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