MYSTERY

The Ninja’s Blade

Agora. (Lily Wong, Bk. 2). Sept. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781951709099. pap. $16.95. THRILLER
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Female ninja Lily Wong makes her second appearance (after The Ninja Daughter). After her younger sister was raped and murdered, Lily dedicated her life to rescuing women and children who are being abused. Still reeling from the repercussions of her encounter with the assassin Tran, Lily deals with the emotional land mines of a visit from her controlling maternal grandparents and a deepening relationship with real estate mogul Daniel Kwok. Despite her resistance to dating the “perfect Chinese man,” Lily is drawn to Daniel’s intelligence, warmth and humor. Adding to this pressure are the challenges of her latest case, which is more complex and dangerous than she thought. Eldridge does a terrific job of turning a spotlight on the horrifying world of the sex trafficking of children—a problem that is more pervasive in our society than people want to admit. Her need to stand up for and to protect the vulnerable should be a rallying cry.
VERDICT Lily and the secondary characters are rich and complicated, and details about martial arts and Chinese culture add depth to the story. While it isn’t necessary to have read the previous book in the series to enjoy this one, readers won’t understand the extent of Lily’s emotional conflict without that context. This series continues to impress and should find a wide, appreciative audience.

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