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"We all lived in the shadow of K'ai-feng's ashes now. No denying it. However safe we felt, the world hung by a silken thread." So begins the second book of the Southen Swallow series - The Nan Tu (The Southern Migration) and, like the first book, The Academician, it is told by K'u Ko-ling, servant to the Grand Tutor, Li K'ai-men. The Emperor Kao has proclaimed that his cou ...more
Paperback, 482 pages
Published December 28th 2009 by Createspace
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Todd Fonseca
Apr 13, 2010 Todd Fonseca rated it really liked it
The Nan Tu – Explore 12th Century China in this Historical Fantasy Fiction Novel!

Rating: 4 of 5

Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Paperback, Kindle

12th Century China – Once the forgotten and spoiled youngest son in the royal family, prince Kao suddenly finds himself an unlikely emperor after his father and siblings are captured by the Jurchen. Now Li K’ai-men having been the grand tutor to this young prince, is now the emperor’s most trusted advisor. Not only must he protect the warrants given h
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Ripley
May 11, 2012 Ripley rated it really liked it
The second in the series is even better than the first. Complex characters, a realistic sense of 12th-century China. Patterson does not coddle his readers, and I appreciate that. You have to do some work to read this series, but it's good work. My only problem is that he could have helped us along with the Chinese names (he uses the old-style conventions, with hyphens and apostrophes)--especially since characters are often referred to by a second name or nickname. And there are many characters. ...more
Bryn Hammond
Jan 11, 2014 Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagined-fiction
4.5, again. My favourite China series; funny, dramatic, touching, & individual.
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Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further post graduate work at Columbia University. A native ...more
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