Book Reviews of Samurai (The Saint of Dragons)

Samurai (The Saint of Dragons)
Samurai - The Saint of Dragons
Author: Jason Hightman
ISBN-13: 9780060540166
ISBN-10: 0060540168
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 416
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Eos
Book Type: Paperback
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In this adventure-filled sequel to The Saint of Dragons (HarperCollins, 2004), descendants of the famed St. George fight to rid the world of dragon demons responsible for all of the world's problems. The demons have human forms, their serpentine beings seen only by the Dragonhunters, a species that includes Aldric St. George and his teenage son, Simon. Here, they must find Alaythia, a magician who assists them in their struggles and a love interest for Aldric. Their quest involves them in life-threatening combat with a series of dragons that has unleashed such evils as sweatshops, medical science gone awry, and eating disorders. Their search leads them to Japan, where they form a shaky alliance with descendants of the ancient samurai warriors led by Taro and his magician wife, whose son Kyoshi is Simon's cousin. Their common goal is the destruction of the Dragon of Japan and Dragon of Bombay. After many botched attempts caused largely by cultural differences, East and West reluctantly unite to defeat the evil serpents. Hightman has created an adventure filled with twists and turns that will keep readers riveted until the conclusion. Grotesque and violent scenes may repel some. This is definitely a plot-driven book, though some complex characters add to the depth of the complicated story. Fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon (Knopf, 2003) will surely find it a good choice.
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Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Simon St. George is the youngest male descendant of the legendary Saint George. Simon and his father, Aldric, are also the last to carry on the dragon slaying legacy of their ancestor. Or so they think.

Their latest adventure (SAMURAI is the sequel to The Saint of Dragons) takes them to the Far East on a hunt for an elusive group of Asian dragons. The father and son team encounter an ancient order of samurai, sworn to defeat the dragons. The samurai and the St. Georges could be powerful allies, if they can all figure out how to work together for the greater good. And if they could all stop keeping secrets and holding grudges. Things that Simon and Aldric are having a few issues with between each other.

Until everyone can unite, the battle between human and dragon rages on.

This story is about more than just the obvious battle, though. It's a battle between east and west, past and present, father and son, and the personal battle each of the main characters has to go through. No struggle is easy. There isn't a whole lot of black and white here. And each decision made, or not made, affects many people.

The top layer is a great adventure. But underneath there are many more levels. Dragons and demons have many faces, and most of them aren't what you'd expect.
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Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Simon St. George is the youngest male descendant of the legendary Saint George. Simon and his father, Aldric, are also the last to carry on the dragon slaying legacy of their ancestor. Or so they think.

Their latest adventure (SAMURAI is the sequel to THE SAINT OF DRAGONS) takes them to the Far East on a hunt for an elusive group of Asian dragons. The father and son team encounter an ancient order of samurai, sworn to defeat the dragons. The samurai and the St. Georges could be powerful allies, if they can all figure out how to work together for the greater good. And if they could all stop keeping secrets and holding grudges. Things that Simon and Aldric are having a few issues with between each other.

Until everyone can unite, the battle between human and dragon rages on.

This story is about more than just the obvious battle, though. It's a battle between east and west, past and present, father and son, and the personal battle each of the main characters has to go through. No struggle is easy. There isn't a whole lot of black and white here. And each decision made, or not made, affects many people.

The top layer is a great adventure. But underneath there are many more levels. Dragons and demons have many faces, and most of them aren't what you'd expect.