Enter the feudal world of Shaaku Den...
world that used to be peaceful until the uprising of the evil geisha
Black Rose and the ruthless warrior Rengoku. Together the two are the
Blackthorn Clan and they have turned Shaaku Den into their battlefield,
conquering and killing the innocent for their own gain. Blackthorn has
instigated destruction and the only ones left to fight back is the
surviving Kitsune Clan.
Follow the adventures of six young
individuals who are now soldiers in the legendary Kitsune Clan. Do they
have what it takes to be a warrior and fight against Blackthorn? Can
they save their world from Black Rose's evil thorns? This is a time of
war in Shaaku Den— seen through the eyes of six unlikely youths. Will
they overcome the trials of warfare?
I feel like there is a fine line between well-written stories and roll-your-eyes-over-the-cliche when it comes to the martial arts. When I first started Shinobi 7, I was worried the novel might be more of the latter. However, it did not take longer than reading a couple of pages for me to realize that Benitez was able to do justice to ninja stories by crafting an awesome novel.
Shinobi 7 has everything that you could possibly want within a novel. It actively engages the reader throughout the story, for one thing. While reading, I have been at the edge of my seat, apprehensive to what would come next. I have been surprised by events, excited by the action. I have been nearly brought to tears as well as
having to swallow down large bursts of laughter. I have been begging a
certain character to 'just kiss her, already!' It is not hard to become
emotionally attached to the story, and in that case, I was a goner from
I am also surprised at how much I liked all of the characters in the
novel. Normally, there is always at least one character who annoys me.
I'm sure any reader can relate. The one person whose every decision just
makes you want to slap them across the face? But in Shinobi 7, none of
the characters made me feel that way. The one who had the type of
personality that might lead to annoying me was one of the characters
that I related to the most. I am not sure if this is a normal point to
bring up, but I feel that it is important to have characters that the
readers can connect to.
The plot of Shinobi 7 is action-packed, unique, and entertaining. I did
not find one part of the story that dragged on, although I did have to
prevent myself from skimming certain portions (because I could not wait
to see what would happen next.) I cannot remember if this is going to be
a series, but I really hope it is, because there is so much more that
can be made from these characters and plot lines. And if there is more, I
will fight to get to the front of the line to read it.
If you are a fan of the martial arts, then you should immediately read
Shinobi 7. If you are not a fan of the martial arts, you should read it
anyway. There is a lot more to the novel than just the fighting and who
knows? By reading it, you probably will become a fan of the martial
If I have any complaints, it was that the inner romantic in me was left
hanging a bit, and I would like to see more of the elemental abilities.
However, both of these just leave me wanting more, so...mission
accomplished, I guess.
In all honestly, I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed Shinobi 7,
and I am extremely glad I read the novel. I suggest you do the same, as
you will not be disappointed.