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A Hero Born (Definitive Edition) (#3 Condor Heroes)

Jin Yong Anna Holmwood



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10 March 2020
Adventure; Fantasy; Sagas; Cultural & Period Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Questing & Adventure
Now in English for the first time!

Set in ancient China, in a world where kung fu is magic, kingdoms vie for power and the battle to become the ultimate kung fu master unfolds, an unlikely hero is born... in the first book in the epic Legends of the Condor Heroes series by the critically acclaimed master of the genre, Jin Yong.

After his father--a devoted Song patriot--is murdered by the Jin empire, Guo Jing and his mother flee to the plains of Ghengis Khan and his people for refuge. For one day he must face his mortal enemy in battle in the Garden of the Drunken Immortals. Under the tutelage of Genghis Khan and The Seven Heroes of the South, Guo Jing hones his kung fu skills. Humble, loyal and perhaps not always wise, Guo Jing faces a destiny both great and terrible.

However, in a land divided--and a future largely unknown--Guo Jing must navigate love and war, honor and betrayal before he can face his own fate and become the hero he's meant to be.

Legends of the Condor Heroes A Hero Born A Bond Undone A Snake Lies Waiting A Heart Divided
By:   Jin Yong
Translated by:   Anna Holmwood
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781250220622
ISBN 10:   1250220629
Series:   Legends of the Condor Heroes
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jin Yong (pen name of Louis Cha) was a true phenomenon in the Chinese-speaking world. Born in Mainland China, he spent most of his life writing novels and editing newspapers in Hong Kong. His enormously popular martial arts novels, including the epic Legends of the Condor Heroes series--beginning with A Hero Born--have become modern classics and remain a must-read for readers looking for danger and adventure. Anna Holmwood is a producer and translator from Chinese and Swedish into English. She is co-founder of the Emerging Translators' Network in the UK.

Reviews for A Hero Born (Definitive Edition) (#3 Condor Heroes)

Full of noble heroes and pitched battles, Cha's stories were epic, featuring not just fantastical kung fu swordsmen who can fly and walk on water, but also complex characters and plots woven into dramatic historical events. - CNN Widely known by his pen name, Jin Yong, his work, in the Chinese-speaking world, has a cultural currency roughly equal to that of 'Harry Potter' and 'Star Wars' combined. - The New Yorker [A Hero Born is] actually one of the most famous works by author Louis Cha (commonly known as Jin Yong), a Hong Kong writer beloved across the Chinese-speaking world. - NPR .. .his works were loved by generations - both in China and worldwide. - BBC A Chinese Lord of the Rings. - Irish Times The world's biggest kung fu fantasy writer. - The Guardian In Anna Holmwood's spirited translation, this action-packed and ideas-laden saga is as revealing of modern as of ancient China. - economist.com .. .the novel makes use of hundreds of characters to create an epic world of martial arts and entangled human stories, not just about familial bonds and romance, but also brotherhood and patriotism. - Global Times A Hero Born reads like...an early legend, such as the Death of King Arthur. - GeekDad A Hero Born is a stirring epic, full of gravity-defying kung fu, treachery, loyalty and love. - The Times The plot includes betrayal and allegiance in different martial arts schools, and the rise and fall of dynasties. - Telegraph UK .. .[Jin Yong's novels have] become a touchstone for generations of readers, and an influence on authors such as Ken Liu. - The Verge The world imagined by Chinese writer Jin Yong is one which celebrates loyalty, courage, and the triumph of the individual over a corrupt and authoritarian state - carried out by no less than heroes who fly through trees and deliver deadly blows to their enemies with a single finger. - Quartzy.com You'll be rooting for the heroes to the end. - SFX Magazine, 4 starred review Cha...created an imaginary world in his 15 novels - one featuring martial arts, poetry and plots with deep roots in Chinese history, culture and beliefs. - South China Morning Post Prepare to be swept along as our champion gallops towards his nemesis and destiny. - Daily Mail Jin Yong's stories have been passed down in the East from generation to generation and thus nurture people of all ages. - Yan Lianke, Man International Booker-shortlisted author

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