Title: Sword of Destiny
Author: Justin Hill and Wang Du Lu
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: 14th January 2016
Source: Net Galley
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.
I have never seen the film but I have heard nothing but good things about it, this prompted me to read this when the opportunity arose. Plus I believe Netflix are making this into a film too with Michelle Yeoh returning as Shu Lien.
Of course the setting for this novel is China and it really is the star of the show, beautifully described and incredibly inviting making for the perfect contrast against the battling warriors.
The synopsis says it more eloquently than I can but the story follows Snow Vase a young woman who has been raised by her warrior mother and is following in her footsteps. It also follows Shu lien, the legendary warrior who comes out of retirement to find out what has happened to the Green Legend, a sword which had been under the safekeeping of the late Duke Te.
I don't want to spoil the story for you but if you enjoyed the original film or you enjoy reading a story with beautifully written characters and wonderful scenery plus a bit of romance then you can't go wrong with this. A great read to immerse yourself in.
Thanks to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.