Katana Shodan: The Scroll of Five Masters

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Legend tells of martial arts masters who could project their chi, levitate, or even teleport.It turns out some legends are real... 
 ★★★★★ "This isn't like some books where it takes a while to get into the story. Right away, I was already thinking of how interesting it was... It has sort of an "Avatar: The Last Airbender" theme to it, though there are many differences that make it better." 
--World Champion Martial Artist, Dayna Huor 
 Something strange happens when Katana tests for her Black Belt in Karate: she stops several attackers using only her chi. Master Osaka sends her away to the Hall of the Dragon to learn to use and control her power. Soon after her arrival, a mysterious band of warriors tries to steal the Scroll of the Five Masters, which contains the key to immortality. Katana learns that they are the Arashi, a secret society that preserves the dark art of dim mak. 
 It was believed that knowledge of the art's highest power, the death touch, was taken to the grave by its ancient master. But now a new dim mak master has risen, commanding a power even more terrifying than the death touch--and he will stop at nothing to obtain the Scroll of the Five Masters. In the end, it's up to Katana to confront this new enemy and uncover the shocking truth of his identity. 
A thrilling, coming of age fantasy adventure in a contemporary setting, full of action, mystery, and martial arts magic, Katana is a YA series that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

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Book Description:

The first book in an exciting new series for middle readers, featuring Katana, and orphaned girl who becomes a karate master.

About the Author:

Ken Warner grew up reading science fiction and fantasy. His favorites at an early age were The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. When he began his martial arts training in high school, he heard many myths and legends about masters who possessed mysterious powers, typically attributed to their internal chi energy. He often thought these legends would make a great story.

Ken dabbled in creative writing while still attending Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT, completing several short stories. He attempted his first novel while a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, but never completed it. He always wished someone would write an epic fantasy series drawing from the vast mythology of the martial arts world. Nobody ever did, so he finally began planning such a series himself in 2005. The story revolves around Katana Kahanu, and the special relationship she shares with her teacher, Master Osaka.

Ken wrote the first book, Katana Shodan: The Scroll of the Five Masters in November of 2006. In December of the same year, he wrote the second novel, Katana Nidan: The Unwritten Koan. He completed the first draft in only ten days. Since then, he has finished the entire Katana series, as well as several other novels and short stories.

Ken graduated from Wesleyan University in 1993 with a BA in English and astronomy. He holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Kempo Karate. He has also trained extensively in traditional Chinese Kung Fu. From 2006 until 2012, he was the assistant coach for 100 Percent Performance, a sport karate team that became one of the most successful in history. The team won the ISKA World Championship for Team Demo in 2009, 2010 and 2011. These performances were televised on ESPN2.

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