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Guan Yu: Blood Brothers to the End: A Chinese Legend

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From one of China's most famous epics comes a righteous hero and god of war. Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese warrior, fights side by side with his blood brothers Liu Bei and Zhang Fei to squash the menacing Yellow Scarves. He defends his country and his honor, but his troubles are just beginning. All over China, opponents pose grave challenges, each one more trying than the next. Will Guan Yu prevail against the forces that threaten him? Or will the obstacles prove too much for even...

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Overview

From one of China's most famous epics comes a righteous hero and god of war. Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese warrior, fights side by side with his blood brothers Liu Bei and Zhang Fei to squash the menacing Yellow Scarves. He defends his country and his honor, but his troubles are just beginning. All over China, opponents pose grave challenges, each one more trying than the next. Will Guan Yu prevail against the forces that threaten him? Or will the obstacles prove too much for even the brave warrior to handle?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Louanne Jacobs
Author Dan Jolley brings comic credibility to the "Graphic Myths and Legends" series. He is an award-winning writer for both DC Comics and TokyoPop. Young readers of comic series will be impressed that he has also scripted a manga project and is involved in writing a novelization of the soon-to-be-released screen version of Ironman. In this addition to the series, Jolley introduces young readers to the ancient Chinese warrior legend of Guan Yu. The book opens, as do others in this series, in the present day. A young boy asks his grandfather about a statue he finds on the living room bookshelf. Grandfather begins the story, "It all started just about two thousand years ago, in China…" transporting the reader into the past to meet Guan Yu and his two blood brothers, Liu Bei and Zhang Fei. From there readers follow the trio as they fight against the Yellow Scarves, are separated and then reunited in Warlord battle, and remain steadfast to their blood bond. The final chapter in which Guan Yu achieves Enlightenment brings readers back to the present with questions which can be answered by following the research links provided in the book's appendix. Comic book enthusiasts will be delighted by the rich and engaging illustrations which integrate authentic post-Han Dynasty costuming and motifs into the graphics. Reviewer: Louanne Jacobs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580138901
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Graphic Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,020,087
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: GN740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Jolley has written for major comic book publishers such as Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. His credits include Star Wars Tales for Dark Horse Comics and JLA: The Liberty Files. He is also the author of Odysseus: Escaping Poseidon's Curse (Graphic Myths and Legends, Fall 07), Vampire Hunt (Twisted Journeys, Fall 08), and, with illustrator Matt Wendt, Escape from Pyramid X (Twisted Journeys, Fall 07), The Time Travel Trap (Twisted Journeys, Spring 08), and Alien Incident on Planet J (Twisted Journeys, Fall 08).

Ron Randall has drawn comics for every major comic publisher in the United States, including Marvel, DC, Image, and Dark Horse. His Myths and Legends work includes Thor & Loki: In the Land of Giants and Amaterasu: Return of the Sun . He has also worked on super hero comics such as Justice League and Spiderman; science fiction titles such as Star Wars and Star Trek; fantasy adventure titles such as DragonLance and Warlord; suspense and horror titles including SwampThing, Predator, and Venom; and his own creation, Trekker. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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