Ninjas, gladiators, and samurai are now the fascinating subjects of books, movies, and television shows, but they were once warriors who struck fear into the hearts of their opponents. These combatants were trained from an early age to not only wield lethal weapons but become weapons themselves. This high-interest series reveals much about each warrior's culture, values, enemies, and history. A colourful design, including maps and fact boxes, makes the past come alive, while lively text invites readers to imagine life as one of history's most fearless fighters. The design includes illustrations and photographs of historical sites in the ancient past and in the present.