Reviews for Samurai

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
These books provide introductions to the lives and times of warriors in four powerful past-world cultures. The texts discuss the rise and fall of these fighters, briefly touching on historical context, weapons used, clothing and uniforms, and areas of combat. Incorporated into the dynamic but very busy design are maps, artifacts, and archival illustrations. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Warriors titles: Gladiator, Greek Warrior, Knight, and Samurai.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November

Gr 4-7-Murrell presents famous warriors from Spartacus to Alexander the Great while reconstructing in rich detail the tumultuous, exciting worlds they inhabited. What makes these books an improvement over Rourke's "Warriors" titles is that they forego the story mode and instead provide concise treatments of castle life and the Bushido code, for example. While most of the focus of is placed on battles, tactics, armor, and weapons, the author makes a valiant effort to describe the cultural realms occupied by these warriors. Bold, comprehensible type and full-color and black-and-white illustrations; reproductions; and photographs will make this offering a hit with its target audience, including reluctant readers.

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