What made this an intriguing read is how surprisingly easy it is for one to relate to Hanzo and Ieyasu. One is an unforgiving warrior and the other born into privilege and power. But they're both teens, and they're both confused and awkward in their own way (Ieyasu's is more obvious). This initial volume of Path of the Assassin (the second volume has been released as well, with further books on the way) is ultimately about the awkward transition from boyhood to manhood. In this historical setting, adulthood begins a lot earlier than it does for us today, but Kazuo nevertheless demonstrates that these characters have a lot of growing up to do but are well on their way as well. Read Full Review
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