J.L. Snyder’s ‘Battle Cry’ is a phenomenal coming-of-age tale that carries themes of revenge, fate, and free will. J.L. Snyder’s Battle Cry is a powerful tale that will resonate in the hearts and minds of readers long after they’ve turned the last page. A highlight in the fantasy/coming-of-age genre, Snyder’s masterful work has elements of both traditional novels and the creative artwork of the graphic novel.
Battle Cry is the story of Kaí-Ling, a young woman living in Japan. As she approaches her sixteenth birthday, the vengeance that has been building inside of her for all of her life will lead her on a journey of righting the wrongs that she has been dealt in life. Orphaned, her father disappeared before she was born, and her mother’s broken heart eventually wore her down. Kaí-Ling, eager to discover who, exactly, took her father from her and get revenge upon those who did, embarks on a trip to her roots in the New Mexico territories to find those that are guilty.
Trained in the way of the sword, Kaí-Ling displays her father’s talent as a Samurai. Armed with the life lessons she has learned from her mother and an uncle who has looked after her, and the skills she has inherited from her father, she is ready to do damage to those who rendered her fatherless. Along the way, Kaí-Ling is about to discover some very important lessons that will take her from being a scared young girl to a brave and fierce Samurai woman.
A fantastic read for anyone who loves the genre, Snyder’s novel displays what readers are calling “masterful storytelling”, with vivid characterization and a heroine that, in all of her humanity, will have readers rooting for her from the very first page. Interspersed with bold drawings that accompany the narrative, Battle Cry is a unique and fascinating novel that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.
J.L. Snyder graduated the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. As a writer of fiction, he enjoys walking in the footsteps of his characters. Battle Cry is his first book. He lives in El Paso with his wife, to whom he dedicates this book.