The 10-year power struggle between regional governors and warlords finally saw two emerging winners. With Cao Cao occupying a territory south of the Yellow River and with Yuan Shao in the north, a battle for supremacy between these two childhood friends became inevitable. This would go down in history as the Battle of Guan Du. How did Cao Cao emerge victorious in spite of being greatly outnumbered. This is one of the important lessons that the Three Kingdoms saga has for us.
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?
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.
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.
At last he knows how the Frostborn shall return. A weapon of great magical power waits in a ruined dwarven city, a weapon with the power to stop the return of the Frostborn.
Assuming the ruined city's guardians do not kill Ridmark first...
RIDMARK ARBAN was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor.
But he alone sees the danger to come, and undertakes the dangerous quest to stop the return of the Frostborn.
RIDMARK ARBAN is the Gray Knight, outcast and exiled from the High King's realm. Yet he alone sees the danger of the terrible Frostborn, the creatures that will sheathe the world in ice and quench all life.
But none of the lords of the realm believe his warnings.
And his enemies want him dead...and the secret allies of the Frostborn wish to silence him forever.
As old foes and new enemies close around him, Ridmark must fight for his life.
Or else the Frostborn will return, bringing eternal ice and darkness with them.
And Ridmark must risk everything to retrieve it.
MARA wishes only to live peacefully. Yet her father was a dark elven wizard of power, and his shadow-tainted blood flows through her veins, threatening to transform her into a monster.
Yet that is not the greatest danger she faces.
For the Iron Tower was once home to an ancient evil, an evil that desires to claim the power in her blood...