A Hero Born

A Hero Born

Book - 2019 | First U.S. edition.
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A fantastical generational saga and kung fu epic, <i>A Hero Born<i> 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, it is a tale of fantasy and wonder, love and passion, treachery and war, and betrayal and brotherhood.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250220608
Branch Call Number: F SFI JIN
Characteristics: xvi, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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FPL_Amy Sep 30, 2020

For GOT7 Stans: With their powerful stage presence incorporating martial arts tricking in their dance, a hero's journey just seems a fitting read for the baby birds, iGOT7.

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JCLJoshN Mar 27, 2020

This is like watching an epic wuxia movie and I love it SO MUCH. I love the colorful characters with colorful names, the many different styles of kung fu and names of martial arts moves, the wild fights, the grand sweep of events, and the crazy plot twists. The author and translator have performed a masterful Hook Josh into a Series move. Their inner kung fu is strong!

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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