Ken Bebelle

Magic – Monsters – Mayhem

Or, Guo Jing Levels Up Our intrepid couple, Lotus and Guo Jing, continue on their collision course with Lotus’ father, the fearsome Apothecary Huang, Lord of Peach Blossom Island. Trapped on Peach Blossom Island with Zhou Botong, Guo Jing helps his martial brother develop an entirely new style of kung fu! So it turns out …

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Or, Gallant Ouyang Makes His Case to be the Biggest Jerk in the Story (spoilers ahead) After Apothecary Huang and Lotus leave, the shattered remains of Zephyr Lu’s garden party are left to pick up the pieces. People are dug out from under the wreckage and dusted off. One of these men is Justice Duan …

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Once again, everyone ends up in the same room, and this chapter revolves around each group’s conflicting loyalties and goals. It’s at times confusing, but it is nice to see things happening, and the increased focus on Guo Jing and (I guess) Lotus helps keep the story grounded. Spoilers ahead! The Six Freaks of the …

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Or, Lotus and Guo Jing’s Lake Vacation. Spoilers ahead! Satisfied with their matchmaking, Lotus and Guo Jing continue their travels, ending up at Lake Tai. (See the end for some interesting notes on Lake Tai.) They take a boat out to enjoy the waters and beautiful scenery. Lotus is moved to sing and her voice …

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Woof. This was a really long chapter. To save my sanity, I’m going to break it up and this summary will cover sub-chapters 1-3. There’s a ton of action in this chapter as every one shows up to the party! (spoilers! sssh!) Gallant Ouyang arrives, finding Guo Jing, Lotus, and Cyclone Mei, who he does …

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As many people have noted, the Legends of the Condor Heroes was originally serialized and not intended to be read in long form, so we have that particular structure to thank for the odd breaks between the books. Thankfully, A Bond Undone picks up right where A Hero Born left us hanging… (spoilers ahead) Book …

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The (not so) thrilling conclusion! Well after a bit of a snoozer of chapter eight, the final chapter of the first book really delivers on the action. Lives are in peril! Secrets are divulged! Identities are revealed! The most spoiler-y of spoilers ahead! Guo Jing and Lotus have infiltrated the Prince’s palace to find the …

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As I said in my post yesterday, it finally dawned on me that Guo Jing really reminds me of the star of another wuxia novel, Wei Shi Lindon from the Cradle series. If you haven’t read these books, I highly recommend them! They are fast-moving, action-packed stories with wonderful characters and world-building. Guo Jing and …

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