THE NINJA’S BLADE | Tori Eldridge
(Lily Wong #2)
09.01.2020 | Agora Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
Lily Wong, a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja, finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for when her controlling grandparents arrive in Los Angeles from Hong Kong in the midst of her investigation into the dangerous world of sex trafficking. Lily is on the hunt to find a missing high school girl, a kidnapped prostitute, and a sociopathic pimp who just might have the answers she needs. If only Lily knew who to trust. In an underground world where deception means survival, Lily will find herself risking it all to find the truth.
THE NINJA’S BLADE is the second installment in Tori Eldridge’s series about Lily Wong. Rest assured that you don’t need to know the details of book one in order to fully enjoy getting to know badass Lily!
Eldridge instantly allows the reader to bond with Lily by tagging along on her investigations. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book or the main character, but I quickly found myself loving the humor and determination that drives Lily. Our main character is one you definitely want in your corner and she proves herself as a loyal friend, protector, and daughter repeatedly over the course of this book. Lily also has a sarcastic sense of humor that radiates throughout the novel and lightens the mood throughout.
THE NINJA’S BLADE is packed with action reminiscent of watching a movie, as the reader witnesses Lily take charge and unleash her ninja abilities on the criminals in Los Angeles. It might seem like an unlikely combination at first glance, but it works so well! Eldridge has crafted Lily in a way that isn’t cartoonish or over-the-top, but more so an homage to a modern superhero motif.
What really makes THE NINJA’S BLADE a powerful read is Eldridge’s exploration into sex trafficking. It’s certainly a topic well known and talked about in the media these days. Often I feel these outlets don’t focus on how a vulnerable person can find themselves so easily wooed into these situations. Eldridge hits the nail on the head with girls from many backgrounds making up the victims that Lily comes into contact with. The subject matter is approached in a very real way that shows how much research Eldridge put into the topic.
If you’re looking for something guaranteed to entertain, but also touch on a powerful topic, this is the book you’ve been looking for!
A huge thank you to Books Forward PR for my gifted copy!
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