Black Dragon, Black Cat

When a baby girl is abandoned at the gate of a monastery in ancient China, the monks have no choice but to adopt her into their exclusively male society of world-renown masters of the art of kung fu. She is raised within the monastery with a small group of boys, watching the monks beautiful training exercises during the days and listening to recounts of glorious battles of great kung fu masters at nighttime. Her favorite stories are those of the grand tournament battles between the monastery grand master, Bai Chen, and the legendary Black Dragon, an unknown masked competitor with unequaled prowess in the art of kung fu. Although the monks try to fulfill her physical and emotional needs, the girl becomes increasingly aware that she is treated differently than the male children, and develops a feeling of being unloved. She becomes increasingly isolated, and develops a deep yearning to become a great master of kung fu, dreaming of the day that she will be called to train in the art. When the time comes for the children to begin their initiation into the art, the girl is crushed to learn that she will not be allowed to participate, and flees from the monastery without any thought as to the consequences. She wanders through the rugged countryside for days, tired and hungry, until she chances upon an old man on the bank of a green pond. The old man offers to take the girl into his home, promising to teach her the art of kung fu. Could this wrinkled old figure really teach her anything about kung fu? She doubts this to be true, but faced with another hungry evening, she readily accepts the invitation. Thus begins the lifelong journey of Black Cat toward the only goal she can imagine: to compete in the Grand Tournament of ancient China and become a great master of the art of kung fu. She quickly discovers, however, that not only is her new master highly adept at the art of kung fu, but that her training is not as glorious as she had anticipated… Black Dragon, Black Cat is an ambitious saga of devotion, betrayal, and redemption, instilled with the philosophical wisdom of the old master and breathless scenes of epic battles set in ancient China. It can be enjoyed by all readers who are seeking adventures in ancient civilizations and cultures, as well as poignant character portrayals of unique individuals. And of course, there is plenty of action…

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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2 Responses to Black Dragon, Black Cat

  1. Leonard Roberts "xenchu" says:

    This is real martial arts Here is a good book about martial arts. No one is killed. There are no superhuman feats of martial arts. And training takes a long time.In fact, aside from an interesting tournament, this book is about training to be a martial artist. The training starts at a very early age and continues to adulthood (or almost no age is mentioned I don’t think). The training is a long, hard and painful process. Cuts and bruises are given abundantly and are hard earned.The training described is how someone becomes a good or great martial artist. No magic, no shortcuts, no wonderful talent. Just work, work, work and practice, practice, practice. There are also mental and moral efforts that must be learned and they are as hard as the physical element. Again, no magic, no shortcuts.If you are a martial artist I recommend this book to you. If you are planning to start training, read this book and learn what it really takes to achieve the goal or at least what it historically took, since I am sure very few can or would train in this manner in our modern age.In addition, it is a good story with a nice feminine element. Someone in another review commented that the heroine cried a lot. Considering her age and circumstance she had a lot to cry about. I recommend this book to everyone interested in the martial arts.This review also appears on LibraryThing.com.

  2. ChRe "ChRe" says:

    So this is what chemical engineering professors on weekends I found out about this book from a link on the UT ChE Facebook page. Since Dr. Edwards was one of my favorite teachers, I was very interested to see what this was all about. I didn’t really expect much, but just had to check it out. All I can say is ‘Wow!’ This book is incredible, at least for my tastes, and I was really floored that one of me old professors could have written it. The plot is so intricate and detailed, the characters are richly developed, and the unexpected twist at the end caught me totally by surprise but should have been apparent to me all along had I been more attentive to small details. This is definitely one of my favorite books I have ever read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in what their teachers are doing on weekends. A totally engrossing book.

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