Ghost, Cormac and Kate are not like other kids. Ghost can turn invisible, Cormac can run up walls and Kate can talk to animals– all abilities which make them perfect recruits for the Black Lotus, a training school for ninjas. But when the Moon Sword– a source of unimaginable power– is stolen by samurai, the three are forced to put their new skills to the test in sixteenth-century Japan.
The Black Lotus is the first YA novel by Irish author Kieran Fanning, and what a first novel it is! To say I devoured this book would be an understatement! I first encountered the works of Kieran Fanning through his Code Crackers series (which you can read my review of here). When I heard he had a new book out called The Black Lotus, a “dangerous time-travel adventure”, I knew I had to get my hands on it! Believe it or not, the first time I went to pick it up, my local bookstore were actually sold out of it. Others had heard of how great it was and managed to get their hands on a copy before me. None-the-less, I eventually got my copy, and through some sort of wizardry too, it’s a signed copy!
The Black Lotus was fantastic! I had no idea what to expect as I started reading this, as even though I had read the Code Crackers, this book is written in a completely different style, and intended for a completely different audience. As a fan of time-travel, super heroes, adventures and danger, this book appealed to me like no other. I even loved the reference to the different heroes throughout, whether it was Cormac’s Superman undies, or the fact that he felt more like Spider-Man than Superman with his abilities while trying to escape the grasp of President Goda and the Samurai. The time-travel topped it off for me, being a massive Doctor Who fan, I loved that they had to travel through time to stop the same enemy in both 16th century Japan and present day New York.
This book is perfect for anyone who loves a good action packed adventure, and basically anyone who’s a fan of any of the things I mentioned in the previous paragraph. Love time-travel? You’ll love this! Love super-heroes? You’ll love this! This book is perfect for anyone with an active imagination, and not just for the YA age group. I believe that if you love the sound of something, even if you are not the intended target, you should read it anyway, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says!
Now, this next bit might be a bit bold, but whilst reading The Black Lotus there was one thought that kept running through my mind: this would make for a great movie! The whole time while reading it, I could visualise everything that was happening so perfectly clear, that I would actually love to see this on the big screen! The Black Lotus is only book 1 in The Samurai Wars and I hope that next few books are just as great as this one, to the point where it might hopefully have the potential to become the next Hunger Games or Maze Runner!