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A Bond Undone

(The Legend of the Condor Heroes #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  585 ratings  ·  94 reviews
In the Jin capital of Zhongdu, Guo Jing learns the truth of his father’s death and finds he is now betrothed, against his will, to two women. Neither of them is his sweetheart Lotus Huang.

Torn between following his heart and fulfilling his filial duty, Guo Jing journeys through the country of his parents with Lotus, encountering mysterious martial heroes and becoming drawn
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1957)
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
This series is my first foray into the fictional world of martial arts. A Bond Undone is the second in the Legends of the Condor Heroes series. I devoured the first action packed book (A Hero Born) of the series in a day and couldn’t wait to start the next.

While I still enjoyed the action in this one and found some of the kooky characters endearing, I found others just plain annoying and/or confounding. While the majority of the male characters in this series are conniving and narcissistic (whi
This book is all about martial arts. I think in some parts of this book could be less wordy. The book has some really cool pictures. I liked parts of this book and parts of this book was very boring. I won an acr copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Described as the Chinese Lord of the Rings, A Bond Undone is the second novel in the Legends of the Condor Heroes series, and it's another complex and beautifully woven tale from the most popular contemporary Chinese writer of the modern era. I admit the writing style takes a little time before you are fully immersed in this fascinating story of love, loss, revenge and heart vs head decisions. Translated from Chinese by Gigi Chang, I never felt that anything was lost in translation as I often do ...more

I have been looking forward to this read since I read the first book last year - A Hero Born from the Legends of the Condor Heroes series by what many has dubbed as the Chinese Lord of the Rings. This is the first time this has been translated to English since its first publication in 1959.

The translation by Gigi Chang is truly impeccable and flows beautifully into the English language, and made for a great reading experience for me. Thank you for the explanations which helped in
There's a song that goes, "I know she still loves me, but I don't think she likes me anymore." I'd say that sentiment sums up my feelings regarding this series so far: I'm enjoying reading it immensely, but I don't really like it. Let me explain.

This book picks up directly after the cliffhanger ending of the first book, A Hero Born. Everything that I said about that novel ( is also true about this novel. Charles Dickens lite, coincidence, thin narrative,
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Bond Undone (Book 2) continues from the immediate aftermath of Book 1 (A Hero Born). It’s as though I had turned the page to seamlessly reveal another next chapter rather than opened an entirely new book.

Once again Guo Jing and his generous heart are at the mercy of treacherous scheming. He has inadvertently become a target for envy and revenge and is invited to confront all manner of challenges on his travels, in addition to a few welcome surprises.

Some of these events help to nurture h
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was hard to get into, as it picks up RIGHT were the last one left off, and does very little to catch the reader up. Probably my fault for no re-reading the first book. Regardless, this series is fantastic action packed adventure, I love all the characters (there are SO MANY), and I'm dying to know what happens next. Happily, the third book will be released next month. Hazzah!
Oct 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Ah, I must admit Legends of the Condor Heroes is not my favorite book in the trilogy.

Dannica Zulestin
I liked this book a bit better than A Hero Born. Partly bc I think the whole "will Yang Kang and Guo Jing meet and fight/become sworn brothers plotline?" was oddly less interesting than just Guo Jing and Lotus's adventures travelling the jianghu, picking fights with people, getting separated and reuniting time and time again, and learning new martial arts skills. Also, Guo Jing really just collects teachers like some people collect stamps, doesn't he? Not even on purpose! Count Seven Hong is pro ...more
Nyamka Ganni
My favorite so far from the series!

Oh, you Hoary Urchin, are my favorite too 😁
Tonstant Weader
A Bond Undone is a picaresque adventure novel featuring two young lovers, Guo Jing and Lotus Huang. They travel around China, learning kung fu from the masters, saving people, getting saved. Lotus ran away from her father who is one of the great masters of kung fu. Guo grew up in Mongolia where he developed skills from them and now is developing his skills in kung fu.

There are pirates, kidnappings, grand battles, stories, myths, and all sorts of adventures as they go from place to place, learnin
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

A Bond Undone is the second book in the Legends of the Condor Heroes series by Jin Yong. Originally published in 1959, this reformat and re-release from Macmillan on their St. Martin's imprint is 544 pages and available in hardcover, audio, paperback, and ebook formats.

This is an action epic in the wuxia style. As such, it's a nonstop martial arts movie set against a lush background of honor, love, filial duty, power, moral obligation vs. perso
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading "A Hero Born" I looked up some info on the sequels and the summaries I found made it sound as if they were really different books as far as tone and where the story seemed to be going. I'm glad to say that it is not exactly the case, as this one starts immediately where the last novel left off and wastes no time at all getting into the action.

There are a lot of interesting bits, for example, a thing I wasn't expecting for
Brenda A
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-awareness
It’s obvious why this author is the Tolkien of the East.

It’s a long-winded tale with a plethora of characters. Since I was coming in without any prior knowledge from the first book I struggled a bit to figure out who everyone was, but honestly the plot was so great I really didn’t feel hindered.

Frankly, most of this book is martial arts. If you took out every single fight the book would be like 100 pages and completely lackluster. The fights were nonstop, but they were everything I could’ve wan
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-for-fun
Lotus Huang is ICONIC and I love her. The second installment in a series whose first book left me begging for the days until the second's release to pass faster ABSOLUTELY lives up to how hype I was about the first. It left my heart soaring, racing, and breaking with the characters (and also making some wild faces at others which did not go uncommented on by my row mates on this flight). I'm so lucky to have gotten this as well as the first in advance and I can't wait for the third to come out. ...more
Karma♥Bites ^.~
14 Nov 2019: WTH is up w/ GR suddenly? Add this to shelf as WL & turns into 'read' overnight??

I'm always iffy re: translated works, but N&Ns want company & boyo, cover is gorgeous!

(As aside, wish PTB/Marketing would stop w/ LOTR ref—rather misleading = set-up for disappointed readers. Understood w/ #1, but still for #2? *smh*)
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sinha
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tightly edited, fast slowing and gripping!!
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second in a series of and oriental based fantasy but it is easy to read as a stand alone book. My problem is that there is so much emphasis on Kung Fu fighting. The central focal point is the romance between a young man and woman and the forces that are keeping them apart. There are many Kung Fu masters and manuals based on this martial art technique. If you are looking for descriptive settings and a well imagined world this is not for you but is you like martial arts you will love this nov ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book straight after the first book's ending. Feeling the same now after finishing this masterpiece. The characters he built up in the first book get even more fleshed out and even non-significant characters play a good part in the story.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, giveaways
Again a great entertainment. Seems like this volume is translated a bit better than the first one so there are no bumps while you read. The greatest regret is that the main story line follows Guo Jing who is a bit too good to be true. Simple, pure, kind, respectful, caring, faithful, persistent etc etc. Even the fact that he is not too smart is his advantage. On the other hand there is Lotus Huang, witty and talented girl who will lie just to escape dangerous situations. She is aware of her char ...more
book 2 has a different translator and overall i think this translator did a better job, although i now have different complaints from the first book.

the good: the dialogue is no longer as flat and lifeless as in the first book! i still feel that there’s a lot of shade thrown by various characters that doesn’t quite manage to sound sufficiently shady in the translation, but this translator definitely does a much better job of conveying the characters’ tones and attitudes. it’s a marked improvemen
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“black hair in the morning, white in the evening”

A Bond Undone (2019), the second volume of Jin Yong’s four-volume historical fantasy kung fu bildungsroman epic Legends of the Condor Heroes (1957-59), takes up in mid-cliffhanger where the first one, A Hero Born (2018), left off. Lotus Huang is still trapped in the palace of the Sixth Prince of the Jin Empire, having to use her quick wits, feminine wiles, martial skills, and hedgehog chainmail to fight through challenges from six traitor Song mas
Apr 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am so mad that I didn't hear this was out! I was expecting to see it in my Orbit newsletter whenever there was a sequel as an option to read an ARC and it never showed up :(

I'm hoping in four days once I am able to recommend another book to my library that I can recommend the ebook for this and read it in May, but i'm not sure with the quarantine what's going on there. I might just buy it.
Traveling Cloak
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Guo Jing’s life is turned upside down. The secret of how his father died is revealed to him, and he finds out he has been promised to marry two women without his consent. Then he meets Lotus, and it is love at first sight.

After deciding they are going to marry, Guo Jing and Lotus attempt to return to her home at Peach Blossom Island and ask her father for permission. Little do they know what lies in wait for them as the duo starts their journey. They encounter one Kung Fu Master after an
Jordan Stivers
I continue to be enthralled by the Legends of the Condor Heroes series. Book 2 here, A Bond Undone, totally exceeded my expectations. I've been interested in martial arts for a while (the Chinese schools in particular) as I find the fighting to have a sense of grace that Western styles fall short on. It was the promise of fighting scenes that drew me to this series but in Book 2 it becomes so much more than that as the characters develop into more complex, rich individuals and connections are fo ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This is the second book of the English translation of the Legend of the Condor Heroes quartet. For starters, like the first book, this one has a really beautiful cover design with Chinese calligraphy and watercolor. The image is of a beautiful warrior woman, who probably represents Lotus Huong but could possibly represent another female character in her younger years.

In this book, we continue with the adventure and training of the main character, Guo Jing. His friendship with Lotus Hua
C.J. Bunce
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published in BORG magazine.

Jin Yong’s A Bond Undone–An unputdownable sequel that matches the epic adventure of the first novel

Review by C.J. Bunce

As the paperback edition of Anna Holmwood’s English translation of A Hero Born–book one of Jin Yong′s Legends of the Condor Heroes novels–arrives in bookstores tomorrow, the first English translation of Volume 2 is coming late this month. In the spirit of Homer, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Akira Kurosawa, and Geor
Marie Richter
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just as the first, the second installment in the Legends of the Condor Heroes series was a joy to read. The book picks up where the last left off, and quickly reunites us with Guo Jing and Lotus Huang. Some key stories are resolved (Ironheart Yang and Charity Bao, as well as a fully developed back story for Cyclone Mei), setting the cast of main characters on their paths toward whatever the fates may hold. The intrigue, history, and romance are bound together with traditional Kung Fu — which add ...more
Bobby Bao
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it overall, but I can definitely see how some people would have issues with this. The (original) writing itself is dated, and comes from the penmanship of another culture, so Western audiences may not enjoy this as the intended audience do with the original.

My personal gripes are:
-Mood swings. Characters can go from happy from a compliment to hateful as result of a minor offense at the drop of a hat. The one character who is known for his sudden shift in mood is more believable than e
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Louis Cha, GBM, OBE (born 6 February 1924), better known by his pen name Jin Yong ( 金庸, sometimes read and/or written as "Chin Yung"), is a modern Chinese-language novelist. Having co-founded the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao in 1959, he was the paper's first editor-in-chief.

Cha's fiction, which is of the wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") genre, has a widespread following in Chinese-speaking areas, i

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