The Black Lotus by Kieran Fanning Review

This book is about three friends who have special skills. Ghost can turn invisible, Cormac is kind of like Dash from The Incredibles and can run really fast and Kate has the ability to talk to animals. Due to these skills they are recruited to join a super secret organisation known as The Black Lotus. After a series of events which cause the extremely powerful Moon Sword to be stolen by an evil samurai warrior, the three friends use their new powers to try and get it back. 

The book is set in sixteenth century medieval Japan as well present-day New York. The reason why I enjoyed reading this novel was because of how most of the story is based on Japan related things and I personally am obsessed with Japanese things, mainly anime though. I really liked the helpful glossary at the back of the book too which defined all the Japanese terms.

Time-travel is another theme in this book which gave it a Doctor Who type vibe and made the story much more interesting. 

Let’s talk about the characters for a moment. I really like how all the characters were given unique personalities which meant that the reader could relate to them more and want to continue reading.

This action-packed fantasy book is great for readers who are over ten years of age as it is about ninjas, fighting and super powers. 

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars as it is a quick read but it didn’t interest me as much as it should have, mainly because I’m sixteen and I’m not used to reading about ninjas but if that’s what you like to read about then I definitely recommend reading this book. 

For a new voice in children’s fiction, Fanning did a great job on this book and that is clearly shown in his writing.


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