Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sword by Da Chen

On Miu Miu's fifteenth birthday, she is not visited by the matchmaker as is custom.  Instead she learns the truth of her father's death (he died before she was born) and subsequently leaves on a quest to avenge his death. Meeting up with her betrothed from before birth, Tong Ting, the two work together to kill the emperor (who killed Miu Miu's father). Although they fight bravely, they are no match for the emperor and barely survive. Miu Miu is poisoned in the fight and Tong Ting brings her home to be healed. However, since her quest failed and she still lived, she is to be beheaded for the dishonor she does her family - as is Tong Ting (for aiding Miu Miu) and Miu Miu's mother (her death buys them a painless death rather than a painful one). However, they are rescued by a friend of Miu Miu - a monk. Miu Miu and her mother, Tong Ting and his father, all journey far away to start life anew. The title comes from the fact that Miu Miu's father had been a famous sword-maker and she uses one of his final swords on her business of avenging his death. 

I really enjoyed this story and the lyrical language that Da Chen uses. I will definitely be sharing this story with others. It is a very intriguing story and the fight scenes were very reminiscent of some of the martial arts movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure that the style is for everyone. I vote Yay.

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