What an action-packed little book this is! It follows on from the events of the first book in the series, Ninja: First Mission, and is even more exciting. No time at all is wasted in getting into the action- in fact, within the first six lines, Taka, the hero of the story, is given the Death Touch and is struggling to stay alive.
The evil Lord Oda and his army of over 1000 samurai have threatened to destroy every ninja clan in the country as revenge for having the sacred Scrolls stolen from them. One morning the army arrive unexpectedly at Taka's camp. The ninja trainees are outnumbered by at least ten to one- surely they have no chance against the might of the samurai warriors? They desperately try to defend their village from the onslaught, but can they fight such impossible odds?
I loved this book. It's only 60 pages so I read it in under half an hour. The author, Chirs Bradford, wastes no time on tedious descriptions of scenery and conversations where people sit around discussing their breakfast- every paragraph moves the action along at a fantastic pace. He clearly has a very good knowledge of the ninja way of life and I learned a lot while reading it. The book ends on a real cliffhanger and I can't wait for the next book in the series, which I'm hoping is out very soon.
The Ninja books are going to be a real hit in the classroom. Anyone who wants a quick read full of excitement, danger, twists and turns will love them. Definitely recommended.
Also, try the Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford. Much longer books, but equally as enjoyable.