Author(s): Wang Du Lu
When master warrior Shulien learns of the death of her family's patron, she abandons retirement and returns to the capital to protect Green Legend, a sword renowned for its historic triumphs. But much has happened in the years she has been in seclusion, and she finds herself beset on all sides with hidden enemies, and the tragic past which she had hoped to forget returns to haunts her. In her hour of need arrives a beautiful young warrior, Snow Vase, who is seeking a master. But the new apprentice is not all that she seems. When she falls in love with the bandit Wei-fang, a secret is revealed that makes all of them question who is friend and who is foe. In an age of thwarted love, can these two youths find happiness? Based on the original novels by Wang Du Lu, this is a beautiful love story set in the fading years of nineteenth century Imperial China.
An epic tale of heroism and sacrifice, love and destiny. Action-packed and romantic - fans of the original movie will not be disappointed -- Tan Twan Eng
Justin Hill has been the winner of the Betty Trask, Geoffrey Faber and Somerset Maugham awards, and his books have been translated into fifteen languages. Wang Du Lu was born to a Manchurian family in Beijing in 1909. He worked as a school teacher, editor for a small newspaper and clerk for a merchant association. He suffered numerous tragedies during World War Two, the Chinese Civil War and the Cultural Revolution, but found fame as the author of wuxia-romance novels, the best known of which, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee in 1999. He died in 1977.