Eye of the Ninja Chronicles
October 1, 2015
Eye of the Ninja
by D.M. Marlowe
Mei Barrett has been hiding all of her life. Raised in solitude by her beloved father, she’s been trained to fight, to adapt, to defend. She couldn’t prevent his death, however, when it comes at the hands of a mysterious creature straight out of legend. She could only run—and learn how to hide in plain sight.
For four long years Mei has lived alone on the fringes of a society still recovering from the devastation of quakes and disasters along the infamous Ring of Fire. Mei’s concerns are more immediate however. She must hide her eyes and their despised mutation, and she must stay one step ahead of the strange wind demon that continues to hunt her.
Detection was inevitable. But Mei begins to make some discoveries of her own. For it seems that her old enemy is not the only mythical creature on the loose. Nor is she the only one fighting them.
And perhaps her own tragedies are not as far removed from those the world is facing, after all.
"On the run!" By Cathleen Grey 1 year ago
Eye of the Ninja is the story about Mei Barrett who just wants to have a normal teenage life. Instead she has been running for her entire life. After the death of her father by an invisible evil, Mei is on her own and not only running, but in hiding.
Mei who is tired from the constant running and hiding from the creatures and the evil that is continually hunting for her, joins a group that trains in “Parkour”. She keeps her distance though she yearns to become a real member of the group. That is, until the day the new guy Ken shows up. He seems to always be on the fringe of the group and Mei catches him watching her. Mei finds herself drawn to him though she continues to keep her distance. Ken seems to know who she is and Mei finds herself trusting enough to follow him to his home. Ken claims this is also Mei’s home and everyone there has been looking for her for a long time. Mei who is starved for family and friends is untrusting but willing to go to Ryu to see if this is true. Along their travels they meet up with Reik who joins them on the trip to Ryu.
Eye of the Ninja is a story based on Japanese legend and folklore. After Japan is destroyed along with the West Coast of the US a dystopian futuristic world is created as JanFran. JanFran is slightly magical and with a tone of mysticism creates an imaginative tale.
The story is fast-paced, interesting to read and has many adventures throughout and there are plenty of new creatures the trio deals with along the way. These Creatures all seem to want the same thing--to capture Mei. The start of a romantic interest between Ken and Mei, which Reik seems to want to break up before it happens provides for a nice romantic twist.
I really enjoyed reading Eye of the Ninja. The characters were well developed and interesting to get to know. The author has done a remarkable job with providing enough detail in describing JanFran, the Japanese legends and the magical qualities that it is easy to visualize.
The cliff-hanger at the end is well done and provided me with enough curiosity to want to read Book 2 to see what happens next.
I highly recommend Eye of the Ninja as a very good read and give it 4.5 stars. Though this title is classified in the YA genre, any adult who likes to read a new and interesting story would thoroughly enjoy reading this as well.
Response from D.M. Marlowe:
I'm so glad you enjoyed Eye of the Ninja, Cathleen!