Friday, January 22, 2016

Review 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny' by Justin Hill
Wang Du Lu's acclaimed novel, soon to be made into a sequel to the Academy Award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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.


Publication Date:
January 14th, 2016 by Abacus
Fiction, Adventure
Paperback, Hardcover, eBook
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My Review:

When I was approached about this book a while ago I was immediately intrigued by the book description. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon..’ is not a book I would usually read, but somehow it really interested me and I was in desperate need of reading something a little different. And different than my normal reads it definitely was.

First of all ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon..’ takes place in ancient China and involves warriors. Second of all this book includes Martial arts and Sword play. Those are all things I honestly wouldn’t read a book about. And apparently there have been movies about this book, something I really didn’t know. For me it was a completely new story. And overall I did like it. The writing was easy to follow and written in a way that I wanted to keep on reading. The characters where interesting and the story was fascinating because I was just so out of my comfort zone.

But men, the names!! I’ve mentioned a view other times that I have a problem with names, especially if there are many and if they are in a way alike.. Well add Chinese names to that list of things that make me confused. Yu Jiaolong, Li Mu Bai, Yu Shu Lien.. They may not be alike but I just couldn’t seem to remember which name was with which character. I literally needed to see where the chapter was about to get who we were talking about.. Frustrating! Maybe I need to start writing them down.

The battle scenes where really something different! It’s not often that I read a book in which a battle almost felt beautiful. But Justin Hill really achieved that.
Although I don’t think I will be reading other books in this style and about this subject, I did really enjoy it. It was just not something I would want to read again. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Justin Hill is an English novelist whose work has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971 and was brought up in York. He was educated at St Peter's School, York, and was a member of St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University.

Justin has been the winner of the Betty Trask, Geoffrey Faber and Somerset Maugham awards, and his books have been translated into fifteen languages.

For more information about Justin Hill, please visit his website or visit him on Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I am in the process of reading this just now, so far so good. I know what you mean about the names but then again it doesn't take much to get me confused!

    1. HAHA!! Well.. it doesn't take much to make me confused either. So maybe that's the problem!! LOL! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book! ;)


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