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A Bond Undone: The Definitive Edition

(Legends of the Condor Heroes #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A Bond Undone is the second book in Jin Yong's epic Chinese classic and phenomenon Legends of Condor Heroes series, published in the US for the first time!

In the Jin capital of Zhongdu, Guo Jing learns the truth of his fathers 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
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1959)
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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
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). Its 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 his
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 ...more
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,
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-awareness
Its obvious why this author is the Tolkien of the East.

Its 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 didnt 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 couldve wanted
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 refrather misleading = set-up for disappointed readers. Understood w/ #1, but still for #2? *smh*)
Amy Imogene Reads
Cant wait to dive into this series - Its compared to Game of Thrones....ahhh! What a perfect fall day to receive some book mail.

Thank you so much to St Martins Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best👍 ...more
A Sinha
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tightly edited, fast slowing and gripping!!
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 Yongs 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
Traveling Cloak
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Guo Jings 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
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 ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

This book is the second in the series. The first book is: A Hero Born. I was slightly apprehensive when beginning to read this story only because when I went to read it, I had seen in summaries that it was a separate book, thankfully they are not stand alone novels and this book starts right where book number one finishes.

It is a well written story, it has
Ola Adamska
A story told in A Bond Undone to me was really more interesting than the one told in A Hero Born. I was truly invested in it. This story starts right after book one and it's like nothing happened in between, so trust me you want to be up to date.
Guo Jing is once again on the adventurous journey that will make him a target all the way around with what he can do and his Kung Fu way of life. The skills of the main characters are growing greatly here as well as their reputation precedes him. Parts
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I thought that this book was more enjoyable than book one of this series. To start the story picks up seamlessly from the ending of the previous book which was nice. I'm not always a fan of time skips. I felt that this book more engaging and it held my attention better. Maybe this was because I felt that emotion played a much bigger part in this entry of the series or that the plot became more complex but whatever the case, this really worked for me. I also felt that the book ...more
The writing style of this series will probably be unfamiliar to most Western readers. The best way to describe it is like those old Chinese Kung Fu movies from the '70s and '80s albeit in literary form. Though considering that Jin Yong's stories were written at least 20 years earlier, they may have been some of the influence for those films.

The books often only loosely follow historical events for a more fictional and fantastical account. The characters tend to be simplistic and
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free eARC of this in exchange for an unbiased review.
I loved the first volume of this series. It was all the best kung fu movie tropes in one book. This novel picks up where the last one left off with Guo Jing and Lotus Huang together after facing various martial masters. They defy Guo's shifus and run off together having many adventures and improving their kung fu.
This book really dragged through the first half for me. It focused on Guo and Lotus's relationship and didn't spend
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway over the summer. Its book 2 in the Legends of the Condor Heros translated from Chinese. It took me a while to purchase the first book and longer to read it. I was more than half way through the first book before I adapted to the flow of the text and could keep track of who was who without flipping to the list of characters in the front.

But now I am completely engaged in the story and am eagerly waiting for the third one to be translated to English. The
A page-turner.

I liked volume 2 much better than volume 1, possibly due to the change in translators? The story flows smoother in any case. It's very much story and character driven.

Not sure why this is called "a Chinese Lord of the Rings" as it's nothing like LOTR. It's Chinese martial arts with its stern moral codes and quirky characters. It has a style all its own. It's fun following the romance and friendship of Guo Jing and Lotus, and watching the lies and allegiance changes of various
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this second book of the series. It picked up right where A Hero Born left off, at the cliffhanger ending, and carried on the story. It felt a little bit less action packed than the first one to some degree but it made up for it with character development, in particular with Lotus, who is a really fascinating character. The story moved on at a very good pace, even with passages where it felt like things were much calmer. I cant wait to see what happens in A Snake Lies Waiting, ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was just as addictive as book one. I could not put it down and can not wait for another one. I thought this was a pretty quick book to read even though it was pretty thick. I loved the characters and the aspect of martial arts that were in its pages. The pacing was very well done and I want to read another one soon. I hope that these get pick up for a movie or something because I would love to see this one the big screen.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
Lightning does strike twice - I was fortunate to be chosen at random for the first book (A Hero Born) and then by golly, I was randomly selected to receive a free ARC of the second book. In my opinion, the second book was much better than the first. Various factors come into play for this decision: different translator, familiarity with the characters, faster moving plot. I am looking forward to the third book. Thank you St. Martin's Press!
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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,

Other books in the series

Legends of the Condor Heroes (4 books)
  • A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1)
  • A Snake Lies Waiting (Legends of the Condor Heroes #3)
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