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A hero born
2019
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The epic Chinese classic and phenomenon published in the US for the first time!

Featured in iO9's 2019 Fall Preview.

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

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This first volume of the official translation of Jin Yong's acclaimed saga is set against the backdrop of the 12th century Jin-Song wars. Two sworn brothers, who have also promised that their sons will be sworn brothers, are attacked by Song officials bribed by the Jin, and their pregnant wives are forced to flee. Soon after, a friend of the family, Taoist Qiu Chuji, accidentally provokes a fight with the Seven Heroes (or Freaks) of the South while trying to find the missing women, and to resolve their conflict a wager is proposed in which each group will find and train one of the two missing children. This first volume focuses primarily on one of the children, Guo Jing, who is eventually taken in by the future Genghis Khan and raised on the steppe, and his adventures while being trained by the Seven Heroes. Filled to the brim with characters and action, this translation will allow English-speaking readers to finally enjoy a classic of the wuxia fantasy genre, and hopefully whet their appetites for more.--Nell Keep Copyright 2010 Booklist
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