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July 2016

A Vivid Tale that Pits Fate against Free Will

Sixteen year old Kaí-Ling was raised in the ways of the sword. The child of a former samurai warrior and an American mother embarks on a journey to right the wrongs life has dealt her.
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A Vivid Tale that Pits Fate against Free Will

J.L. Snyder’s ‘Battle Cry’ is an intense and highly original coming of age story that readers will be unable to put down.

         Readers everywhere are raving about J.L. Snyder’s Battle Cry.  An epic tale of a young woman finding her place amidst the chaos of the two very different worlds she came from, Battle Cry is at once powerful and poetic, moving quickly and deftly through the complicated emotions of its extraordinary protagonist.

Kaí-Ling, a young woman who has just turned sixteen, is torn between the lives of her parents and the legacy they have given her.  Her father, a Samurai warrior who was taken from her before she was born, has left a longing in Kaí-Ling for something she’s never known.  

Now, verging on adulthood and searching for her true destiny, Kaí-Ling is trained in the life of the sword and ready to exact her vengeance on those responsible for taking her father from her.  Using the tools she has learned from her mother and the skills she has inherited from her father, Kaí-Ling must find a balance between what her life is and what it should be.

Calling Snyder a “masterful storyteller” and lauding Battle Cry a “delicately balanced work” that stands out in its genre, readers are enthralled by this heart-wrenching and powerful tale that is interwoven with themes of family, fate, and free will.  Praising the book as “adventurous and moving” and “entertaining and original”, fans are applauding the way that Snyder pays homage to the genre of the coming-of-age story without falling into the traps that plague it.  

With a heroine that readers can relate to for her humanity, emotion, and flaws, and a formula that works on multiple reader levels, Battle Cry truly stands out in its genre as not merely a work of fiction, but also a work of art, finely crafted and well-written with a story that both moves and inspires.  

J.L. Snyder

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.
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