Bridge of Birds (Master Li, #1)
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Bridge of Birds

by Barry Hughart
Release date: 1984
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy
Tags: mythopoeic awards, world fantasy award

A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was.

World Fantasy Award: Best Novel winner (1985).
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Best Novel winner (1986).

THE ROOT OF THE QUEST

When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox sought a wiseman to save them. He found master Li Kao, a scholar with a slight flaw in his character. Together they set out to find the Great Root of Power, the only possible cure.

The quest led them to a host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures – and strange coincidences which were really not coincidences at all. And it involved them in an ancient crime that still perturbed the serenity of Heaven. Simply and charmingly told, this is a wry tale, a sly tale, and a story of wisdom delightfully askew. Once read, its marvels and beauty will not easily fade from the mind.

The author claims that this is a novel of an ancient China that never was. But, oh... it should have been!

(updated 2015-01-09)

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