The Shrouded Path
Author - Aron White
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 188
ISBN - 1451588097
Juan Quan dreamed of learning kung fu, but never thought abandonment would be the price he'd pay. Years later, he winds up on the streets of Kunming, one of the most corrupt cities in 16th century China, and finds himself not only protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty, but also searching for clues to his father's disappearance and
its link to the mysterious Red Doorway
Shrouded Path is a short book, less than 200 pages long so it is difficult to really evaluate it. However, i will try.
Set in China, Shrouded Path follows the tale of Jun, an orphan (in his mind) left behind by his dad at a young age, to a temple that trained him for 9 years in the martial arts. When he turns 16, he goes on a journey to find his father, and the mysterious Red Doorway. Meeting new faces along the way, some good and some bad, Jun makes friends and enemys, finds a bit of happiness and a bit of sadness and even obtains a bit of infamy.
Being that the book is so short, I did not connect with the characters as much asi would have if i had spent more time with them. Jun is a capable young man and most of the time i had forgotten he was only 16, he acted much older and more calm then any 16 yr old i know! His sence of justice and wanting to help makes him endearing and he keeps his emotions in check well, i enjoyed him for what little time i had with him. The other characters are fine, Da Long is cute and energetic, his father Yuan Li was hospitable and a good father, Shozoamon was interesting as well, we just dont learn much about the backgrounds of these other characters.
The action in the book is simple, but effective. The descriptions were quick and they never really took off, but they were not humdrum. Even the fight with our named evil guy (Xiong Ba) was short, and not very climatic. I just wish the book were a bit longer, perhaps some of the questions i was asking myself while reading Shrouded path will be answered in the next book, The Red Doorway.