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Number Ten Ox comes from a village in which the children have been struck by a mysterious illness. He recruits Master Li to find the cure and comes along to provide muscle. They seek a mysterious Great Root of Power, which may be a form of ginseng. Of course, nothing turns out to be as simple as it seems; great wrongs must be avenged and lovers separated must be reunited, from the most humble to the highest. And even in the midst of cosmic glory, Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub are picking the pockets of their own lynch mob, who are frozen in awe and wonder. --Nona Vero
In the village of Ku-fu in "an ancient China that never was," the silk harvest is the high point of the year, a combination of exhausting labor and ecstatic celebration. Read morePublished 3 days ago by jonathan briggs
I owe Mr. Hughart a huge debt of gratitude for making me fall in love with the China that might have been almost as much as the China that was and will be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack E. Holt, III
This is a classic book. I rank it with other landmarks of speculative fiction. The book won the 1985 World Fantasy Award but it never gained mainstream traction, which is a shame. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Damon D
This book provided me a needed escape in the worst moments of personal tragedy, and was just as delightful on second and third readings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by otelit
Cannot recommend this highly enough. It's a mix of *Sherlock Holmes*, Chinese opera, Conan the Barbarian, and a big dash of humor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melissa Whitcomb
The series was great an I was exceptionally happy to add it to my collection.Published 3 months ago by Allen Crotty
A well-deserved winner of the World Fantasy Award. I found it utterly charming: equal parts detective story, caper story, and coming-of age, lovingly and artfully told. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Rainey
Tongue-in-cheek fantasy set in ancient China. Must have sense of humor to enjoy this book. Great book to read aloud with a loved one if you like to laugh together!Published 4 months ago by Mary