I'm L. Benitez and I'm a full-time writer, part-time illustrator, and ninja-in-training. I'm the author of the Shinobi 7, an action/adventure/fantasy series.
I do the illustrations for the books and I love to continue my passion of writing and illustrating. When I'm not sat down doing those things I'm doing my other passion, Shotokan Karate. I'm an enthusiast for Martial Arts, Japanese culture, and anything that's adrenaline pumping fun.
I'm excited to continue my path as an author and stay dedicated to my aspirations in life.
on Jan. 26, 2015 :
This companion book to the Shinobi 7 series is tons of fun and a great read! It didn't even matter that I've yet to read books from the main series because this book is it's own little story.
The characters are fun to read about. I love their personalities and the way they interact with one another. Hints of romance here, hints of anger there, hints of tragic events from a distant past...so many things to keep you guessing and wondering, character-wise! My favorite characters have to be Hanran and Luna. Hanran is the naturally-talented and cool guy of the bunch, and I have the feeling there's more to him than meets the eye, some harsh past we've yet to learn about in this book. Luna is a fun-loving kid who plays with life and doesn't seem to have a worry or care in the world. Yet at the same time she is a determined spirit and a real fighter when it comes down to it. She loves her friends and stands up for them. Her interaction with Kuroi is downright hilarious! These were my most favorite, but really all the students of sector 7 are favorites. There's something for everyone to enjoy.
The martial arts moves were very well described and I felt like I was there watching the tournament as it played out. I loved the use of combat terminology in scenes. And as a person who loves the ninja genre and asian cultures, I enjoyed the bits of japanese words and asian culture added in!
Some of the wording needed a little revising, but honestly the story is great either way. It's full of personality! I'm a person who loves character-driven stories, and it can be difficult to draw me in and make me care about a character. But as you can see,I'm already attached to these characters, and I'm eager to learn what the author has planned next for them.
I recommend this book for any young reader who likes ninjas, combat, adventure and asian culture. It'd make a great gift, and fun stocking stuffer for Christmas!
(I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.)
(review of free book)