- By Jin Yong Anna Holmwood

A Hero Born

  • Title: A Hero Born
  • Author: Jin Yong Anna Holmwood
  • ISBN: 9780857053008
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Hero Born China A D The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands the peasants toil under the burden of th

    China 1200 A.D.The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands the peasants toil under the burden of the annual tribute demanded by the victors Meanwhile, on the Mongolian steppe, a disparate nation of great warriors is about to be united by a warlord whose name will endureChina 1200 A.D.The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands the peasants toil under the burden of the annual tribute demanded by the victors Meanwhile, on the Mongolian steppe, a disparate nation of great warriors is about to be united by a warlord whose name will endure for eternity Genghis Khan.Guo Jing, son of a murdered Song patriot, grew up with Genghis Khan s army He is humble, loyal, perhaps not altogether wise, and is fated from birth to one day confront an opponent who is the opposite of him in every way privileged, cunning and flawlessly trained in the martial arts.Guided by his faithful shifus, The Seven Heroes of the South, Guo Jing must return to China to the Garden of the Drunken Immortals in Jiaxing to fulfil his destiny But in a divided land riven by war and betrayal, his courage and his loyalties will be tested at every turn.

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    1. I wanted to like this famous Chinese series, it looked amazing and a beautiful cover but maybe it’s the translation but it seemed amateurish and clumsy, I just couldn’t get in to this and I am so disappointed

    2. I was a bit dubious at first, but once you get a couple of chapters in you will be totally engrossed. By the time I was two thirds through I started getting anxious about the wait for the next in the series. In terms of plot, there's a lot of influences at work from scenes that could be lifted straight from a classic kungfu movie too characters/descriptions that practically scream Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Made me a bit sad that I didn't know enough about the post ww2 political climate in C [...]

    3. Pre-review@0/03/2018:Legends of the Condor Heroes honestly is not my favorite Jin Yong's novel, the sequel which comes after it: Condor Lovers (or The Return of the Condor Heroes) and this stand-alone novel: Proud Smiling Wanderer, are my most favorites. However, I still whole-heartenedly wish for this English translation to perform well so more Jin Yong's novels will see the daylight in the English world!The publisher had marketed this book as an Eastern A Game of Thrones but I don't think it's [...]

    4. The inconsistency of the names turns me off - some are retained in their pinyin form i.e. Guo Jing and others are literally translated i.e. Lotus Huang. It took me a while to figure out who the character actually is, and I would have much appreciated if the names were all retained in their pin yin form, to maintain authenticity and for an easier read. Nonetheless, you can see the effort put in into the translation, even if it's not as good as hoped. Also, the prologue did help in placing the sto [...]

    5. The awkward and sometimes odd translations of the characters' names and martial arts moves aside, I quite enjoyed this translation. I've not read the original Chinese so I can't compare how it holds up against that though. I suspect the fight scenes would be way cooler in Chinese :p

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