Blink — and you’ll miss her.
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.
Genre: YA Fairy Tales & Folklore
Title: Eye of the Ninja
Series: Eye of the Ninja Chronicles #1
Author: D.M. Marlowe
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
This was pretty interesting! It ran a little slow for me in the beginning and at times things felt a little too dramatized when everything else was otherwise cool, but aside from all that, I was sorta really feeling the vibes from this “post-apocalyptic”-like read. Japan’s been destroyed. People have relocated, and they’ve been forced to live with some of the things that have come as a result of that devastation. Like a physical mutation that many survivors and descendants have taken on. Like for example, Mei’s special eyes that mark her as a freak. She’s been in hiding, running from the feeling you get on the back of your neck when someone’s watching you. Secrets are deep within her, and people want it. She just has to hope that she’s trusting the right people who ask for them.
Without spoiling anything, I can say that I enjoyed her time in the village. The first half of the book was a pretty slow journey to the ninja village that promised her safety, but it gave the reader time to see how Mei and Ken were as people. There were a few interesting characters that didn’t really get that attention when I thought they should have, and it made things obvious as the story progressed, but one of the things that I loved about this book was the history that Mei comes to learn about when she’s in Ryu. It was fantastical and exciting and it made the second half of the book better. It’s my first time reading the author, and I may check out the second book, but if you enjoy Japanese lore mixed with reality, then feel free to pick this up.