In the past ten years at borg, the best fantasy adventure series we encountered was both a series of novels and a television series.  When you think of epic adventures we may immediately think of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, George Lucas’s Star Wars, cinematic international stories of Akira Kurosawa like The Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, and Rashomon, classic fantasy like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes, Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Conqueror, and historical fiction like Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel, C.S. Forester’s Lieutenant Hornblower, and even further back into the past tales like Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte De’Arthur, the Maya’s Popul Vuh, the Old English Beowulf, the Old Norse Poetic Edda, and even the stories of Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey.  All of these are tapped for inspiration by writers in one way or the other each year.  But there’s an equally incredible series from the past century that has been read by more than 300 million readers that we’ve recommend, which fully belongs among these classic works–Jin Yong′s Legend of the Condor Heroes, and the third volume, A Snake Lies Waiting, will be coming soon to a bookstore near you.  We have a first look at the cover for the volume 3 above and the fourth volume, A Heart Divided, below, arriving in bookstores next year.

Anna Holmwood and Gigi Chang, the fantastic translators of the first and second volumes in the series, respectively, together will be providing the English translation for A Snake Lies Waiting, available for pre-order now here at Amazon, finally available to readers in the U.S. more than 60 years after its initial publication in China in 1957.  For readers of the first two books, the word “snake” in the title should conjure Viper Ouyang, the Gallant Ouyang’s uncle whose slithering friends have menaced series hero Guo Jing before.  One of the Five Greats of the martial world, Viper Ouyang is determined to get his revenge on Guo Jing for getting the better of his nephew, bent on becoming the most powerful master of the wulin.  But first Guo Jing must accompany his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, on a sea voyage, on the heels of a confrontation with his future father-in-law.  But what has become of his sworn love Lotus Huang and his brother from birth Yang Kang, and what of the success of Genghis Khan and his army?

The adventure began in A Hero Born, a novel with stunning storytelling by Jin Wong, the pen name of Chinese author Louis Cha.  His novels sold more than 300 million copies internationally over the past 60 years, but the series was only just available to U.S. readers beginning last year.  Check out my take on A Hero Born reviewed here and A Bond Undone reviewed here.

This is also a good time to catch up on one of dozens of live-action adaptations of the series, the 2017 52-episode The Legend of the Condor Heroes, what we called “The greatest epic fantasy adventure you haven’t seen yet,” reviewed here.  Two characters from the series made our best of 2019 kickass genre heroines list here at borg.

Here is your first look at the cover to the fourth book in the U.S. series release:

This fourth volume in the set, A Heart Divided, is translated by Gigi Chang and Shelly Bryant.

Look for A Snake Lies Waiting, scheduled for publication September 8, 2020, and A Heart Divided, scheduled for publication April 21, 2021–both available for pre-order now at Amazon.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg