A Hero Born: The Definitive Edition by Jin Yong

A Hero Born: The Definitive Edition

Legends of the Condor Heroes #1

Jin Yong with Anna Holmwood (Translator)

fiction fantasy adventurous dark reflective fast-paced

432 pages | first published 1957


Now in English for the first time 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 th...
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adventurous 100%
lighthearted 31%
emotional 13%
mysterious 13%
challenging 9%
dark 9%
funny 9%
hopeful 9%
tense 9%
informative 4%
reflective 4%


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slow 27%
fast 27%

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