A Hero Born

A Hero Born

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"The epic Chinese classic and phenomenon published in the US for the first time! A fantastical generational saga and kung fu epic, A Hero Born is the classic novel of its time, stretching from the Song Empire (China 1200 AD) to the appearance of a warlord whose name will endure for eternity: Genghis Khan. Filled with an extraordinary cast of characters, A Hero Born is a tale of fantasy and wonder, love and passion, treachery and war, betrayal and brotherhood. And then a hero is born... After his father, a Song patriot, was murdered, Guo Jing and his mother fled to the plains and joined Ghengis Khan and his people. Loyal, humble and driven, he learned all he could from the warlord and his army in hopes of one day joining them in their cause. But what Guo Jing doesn't know is that he's destined to battle an opponent that will challenge him in every way imaginable and with a connection to his past that no one envisioned. With the help and guidance of his shifus, The Seven Heroes of the South, Guo Jing returns to China to face his foe and carry out his destiny. But in a land divided by treachery and war, betrayal and ambition, he'll have to put his courage and knowledge to the test to survive." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250220608
1250220602
Branch Call Number: FIC JIN
Characteristics: xvi, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Holmwood, Anna
Alternative Title: Hero born : a novel

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heavenne
Sep 24, 2019

Translation will always be an issue with these kinds of books. It’s hard to keep it true and coherent. Sometimes you get a good one that is completely comprehensible and makes the reading a journey well worth it. Then you get one like A Hero Born and it’s not the greatest translation. The writing style is dry and hard to get into. Sometimes it gets too descriptive, but other times it’s not descriptive enough. It can be a little long winded at times and it drags - I’m not too sure if that’s because of the run on writing style or the plot itself. Either way by the last third of the book it was getting to be tiresome.

Speaking of the plot, it was good! There’s plenty of action, a bit of intrigue here and there. If you don’t mind something akin to Chinese historical fiction movies with classic martial arts fighting then perhaps this is for you. There are small elements of political intrigue which keeps the story interesting, however keep in mind there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but luckily there is a cast of characters in the beginning of the novel so that should not be a problem. This isn’t a book to put down and turn back to later, this needs to be consistently read you will easily lose your place.

JCLAndrewP Jul 29, 2019

A masterpiece of storytelling. If you liked Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, you'll love A Hero Born. This is a translation of the Chinese epic Sediao Yingxiong Zhuan and is full flying sword fighting and mysticism. Set against the backdrop of China during the Song Empire (1200 AD) and full of powerful kungfu masters, this is definitely a book worth reading.

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