A Deadly Secret


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A Deadly Secret, also translated as Requiem of Ling Sing and Secret of the Linked Cities, is a wuxia novel by Jin Yong (Louis Cha). It was first published in the magazine Southeast Asia Weekly (東南亞周刊) and the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao in 1963. Its original Chinese title was Su Xin Jian before Jin Yong changed it to Lian Cheng Jue. The story revolves around the adventures of the protagonist Di Yun, an ordinary young peasant, who is imprisoned after being framed. In his quest for vengeance, he accidentally acquires the Liancheng Swordplay manual (連城劍谱), an ancient artifact not only prized for the skills detailed inside, but also for containing a secret leading to a treasure.

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Lian Cheng Jue
Su Xin Jian
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White Horse Neighing in the West Wind (1)
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06/18/11 spcnet c1-10
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Aicila rated it
December 14, 2015
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A Deadly Secret is a fairly depressing story. It revolves around Di Yun who is framed, and his subsequent journey after he leaves prison. Di Yun is quite a simple man who didn’t really deserve the hardship he ends up with, so if injustice makes you frustrated, this book probably isn’t for you.

A Deadly Secret has some very strange pacing, in particular near to the end. I think that this is probably a result of initially being a magazine publication, but the ending is very abrupt. While there is a... more>> proper conclusion/resolution, and the story is tied off without loose ends, it still feels rushed.

The wuxia elements in A Deadly Secret are quite interesting, although the explinations are at times a little shallow. They are generally sword techniques but there are exceptions. Many of the other characters besides Di Yun are quite similar to eachother which is dissappointing, although being wary and backstabbing like many of them are is a nice contrast to Di Yun.

My biggest gripe with A Deadly Secret is that the main character Di Yun is very often a bystander in the events. There is always someone else who dictates the course and flow of what happens and Di Yun is simply dragged along with little input. Many of the different conflicts in A Deadly Secret resolve themselves through the actions of other characters and Di Yun as the MC has very little actual input in what happens. The ending is a particularly bad case of this.

Overall, if the injustice doesn’t faze you and older wuxia piques your interest, A Deadly Secret is worth giving a shot. It’s fairly short too, it took me around 7 hours to get through reading fairly slowly. <<less
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Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
June 22, 2016
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Story of the worst luck MC. From start to end, MC is nothing but thrown away pawn. So distressed and depressed.
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SoloFlame rated it
September 21, 2016
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It annoys me that I have nothing positive to say about this because I usually try to be as open minded as I can when reading but it seems like my mental fortitude and tolerance has met its match. The characters in this story (mostly the Male MC and and his Martial Sister) frustrated me quite a lot, not to mention the fact that each situation escalated and went from bad to worse due to the actions of the characters and NOT due to the situation.

The ending did not appeal... more>> to me as well because it seemed rush and kind of like a cop out to make up for the MC's experiences throughout the story. <<less
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