A Hero Born

St. Martin’s. (Legends of the Condor Heroes, Bk. 1). Sept. 2019. 416p. ISBN 9781250220608. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250220615. FANTASY
Guo Jing is born to be a hero—some day. His father, Skyfury Guo, was a Song patriot, and when he was murdered by those loyal to the occupying Jin army, his mother fled to the land where Ghengis Khan and his people reside, giving birth to Guo Jing. Taken in by the warlord, Guo Jing is raised as a loyal follower of Khan and plans to avenge his father through the army. However, wandering the lands are the Seven Heroes of the South, sworn to find Guo Jing and train him in martial arts. Guo Jing is fated to face an opponent who will test his strength and determination and is connected to the past his mother left behind. The cast of characters, their backgrounds and futures are woven into a pivotal time in Chinese history, providing readers an epic wuxia fiction.
VERDICT Newly translated into English, the “Legends of the Condor Heroes” series is an epic, fantastical tale filled with betrayal, brotherhood, and kung fu energy. The first in the series shows the depth of Jin Yong’s writing, and the sobriquet of “China’s Tolkien” is well deserved. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]
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