EYE OF THE NINJA
YA Fantasy Adventure
Blink . . . and you’ll miss her
Fresh plot, great action, combining a mix of mystery, action and paranormal elements with interesting characters, creating a wonderful book that I really enjoyed.
BACK OF BOOK BLUB:
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.
A juicy taste of Eye of The Ninja
This was not the creature of my nightmares and memories. It was something different altogether—and yet still entirely unbelievable.
On two feet, broad and heavily muscled, it stood over twice my height. Its skin was a deep, dark red, its nose large and curved over like a beak. Large, heavily muscled arms flexed as its hands opened and closed. Long, white hair flowed back to meet huge, rustling black wings.
It tilted its head in a distinctly avian gesture and peered down at me. A thin, trilling sound echoed in the alley. “So small you are, to be the cause of so much trouble.”
I shut my mouth and started to back up. It shook itself and I realized it was wearing human clothing; a tunic over short breeches and a deep green vest. A tiny black cap perched upon its head and a green sash draped around the thick neck. Fluffy white pompoms adorned the sash and trembled as it stepped forward, balancing huge feet on wooden soled, geta sandals. It peered down at me, staring into my eyes.
“Come,” it said. “My master awaits.”
I braced my feet and sank down into a crouched, ready position, book still in hand.
It laughed with an abrasive, clacking sound. “Foolish girl. Do you not know who I am? I am Tengu.” His wings spread, wide and shining ebony. “We are patrons of the martial arts. You cannot stand against me.”
And it didn’t know what I was, either. I waited.
It reached for me with a huge, gauntleted hand. I slammed the book down on it, pushing hard and letting the weight of the book help carry the creature’s hand all the way down to the ground, then I stepped on the book, sprang lightly, pushed off his massive shoulder and launched myself past him. I hit the ground on a roll and was already running through the trees as a screech of surprised fury rang out.
There was no time for finesse, no place to hide. I pelted southwest at full speed.
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Why D.M. Marlow wrote Eye of The Ninja.
I was drawn to write about creatures from Japanese folklore and to create my own slightly dystopian world and mythology because I love the YA genre, and also because I was thrilled to finally write something my kids could read. They have long been into parkour, manga and anime. We are all crazy for Studio Ghibli films. It was great fun to delve into a new mythology and have some fun of a different sort than the Regency Historicals I usually write.
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