You may have heard about Luo Guan Zhong's Romance of the Three Kingdoms or watched movies based on this classic which is part history and part fiction. You may have also tried reading the original work. Chances are, you gave up after a couple of chapters. The subplots are too complex, not to mention the dizzying numbers of names and characters.
In his version of Three Kingdoms, Chan Joon Yee put in great effort to write a unique and vastly more readable version of this monumental saga. This book and others in the series will give you valuable insights into the plots, tricks, battles, palace drama and colourful characters that lived during this chaotic period in China's history.
A fortuitous meeting with Master Shui Jing brought his attention to Sleeping Dragon and Rising Phoenix. Shui Jing was confident that Liu Bei would be successful if either one of them came under his employment. He found Sleeping Dragon, but then, Cao Cao attacked.
Hopelessly outnumbered, Liu Bei seemed doomed. Would his Sleeping Dragon in the form of Zhuge Liang save him?
She thinks she is a man trapped in a woman's body ...
Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights, and sassing her parents. While her beautiful mother worried that Loung was a troublemaker—that she stomped around like a thirsty cow—her beloved father knew Loung was a clever girl.
When Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung’s family fled their home and moved from village to village to hide their identity, their education, their former life of privilege. Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive. Loung trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while other siblings were sent to labor camps. As the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia, destroying the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were slowly reunited.
Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother, the courage and sacrifices of the rest of her family—and sustained by her sister’s gentle kindness amid brutality—Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. Harrowing yet hopeful, insightful and compelling, this story is truly unforgettable.
This is the defining moment in the Three Kingdoms saga for there would be no three kingdoms without the Battle of Red Cliff.
Cao Cao became the unstoppable winner in the struggle for power after defeating Yuan Shao at Guan Du and taking over Jingzhou without a fight. The entire northern and central region came under Cao Cao’s whip.
Seething with greed, Cao Cao then moved his forces along the bank of the Yangzi River, ready to attack Sun Quan’s territory of Dongwu in the Southeast. Greatly outnumbered, scholars and administrators in Dongwu urged Sun Quan to surrender. Dongwu advisor Lu Su and Admiral Zhou Yu decided to defend their territory by joining forces with Liu Bei and Liu Qi, son of the late Liu Biao.
With the minds of Zhou Yu, Lu Su, Huang Gai, Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong put together, an elaborate plot that could win this seemingly hopeless battle was hatched.
Under the new leadership of Li Jue and Guo Si who used to be Dong Zhuo’s generals, Emperor Han Xiandi was advised to return to the former capital of Loyang in order to avoid the marauding warlords and wayward generals. Throughout the arduous trek, living like beggars, they endured harassment and attacks from other opportunistic generals. Desperate and helpless when they arrived at a dilapidated Loyang, the Emperor sought protection from one man who could still be loyal to the throne – Cao Cao.
Having left the scene after being crushed by Dong Zhuo, Cao Cao had quietly developed his own territory and built a sizable army in Xuchang. Safe in Xuchang, Emperor Han Xiandi had his first good meal in many months. Those who harassed the emperor were swiftly eliminated. Would Cao Cao be a saviour of the ailing Han Dynasty? Or would he turn into the new Dong Zhuo?