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Release Year: 2017
From the end of the horizon, a phoenix led millions of birds in flight. Behind it, a sky filled with billowing clouds that looked like a sea of flames skimmed over Chang’an. A golden-winged peng perched loftily atop the roof of the Xingqing Palace. In its eyes was reflected the splendor of the common people who lived in this Divine Land. In silence, dynasties rose and fell, and the tides ebbed and flowed.
Li Jinglong dragged along his wound-riddled body. From the palm of his hand, a brilliant light shone as he relentlessly drew closer to Hongjun.
“The living… are merely passing travelers…”
His deep voice resounded through the depths of the world, as the black fog that covered the sky and blanketed the earth receded before that light.
“The dead… return to their eternal homes.”
That light was the blazing sun that illuminated the heavens and the earth. It was the light of the stars that twinkled in the night sky. It was an everlasting Heart Lamp that pierced through the darkness.
“The heavens and the earth are… an inn; for all our grief we inevitably return… to dust.”
Li Jinglong closed his eyes, placing one hand on Hongjun’s forehead. The white light dispersed, illuminating the mountains of corpses and rivers of blood that filled the battlefield. In the shadows cast by the light of that lamp, the memories came: the flamboyant debauchery in Pingkang Li, the parasol tree in the Exorcism Department bathing in the light of the summer sun, the swirling sand and fluttering snow of Saiwai, the clear, spring-like sound of A-Tai’s song, the new green leaves that Mo Rigen and Lu Xu picked, the flying brushstrokes of Qiu Yongsi’s pen, which evolved into immortal verses that graced Li Bai’s cup —
A young nobleman strolled through the Eastern Market of Chang’an,
Enjoying the breeze as he rode his white horse on a silver saddle.
After admiring the falling flowers, where does he like to go?
He smiles as he enters a Hu-run wine shop.
Professor moon explains:
Timeline: This novel starts in the Tianbao era (742 – 756 CE) of the reign of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (618-907), shortly before the devastating rebellion that led to the eventual decline of the dynasty, although the first half of the dynasty was considered a period of great progress and flourishing of the arts and culture. The Tianbao era is also a mere five decades after the fall of the short-lived Zhou Dynasty (690-705), when Empress Wu Zetian seized power from her nephew.
Characters: Some of the characters who get named are famous poets or painters of the Tang dynasty. Two of the most famous poets are Li Bai (701-762), who wrote many poems (two of which are above) that are still studied in curricula around the world today, and Du Fu (712-770), considered by some as the greatest of the Chinese poets. Other side characters that get name-dropped are painters who created certain artistic styles, or political figures, or architects (but we’ll provide tl notes for them as well).
Connection to Dinghai Fusheng Records: Tianbao is a loose sequel to Dinghai, but both can be read on their own (you won’t be missing much)! In fact, Tianbao was published before Dinghai, so the order really doesn’t matter!
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Chapter 2 - Remnants of Old Times
Chapter 3 - Boundless Oceans and Vast Skies
Chapter 4 - Sacred Light Enters the World
Chapter 5 - The Longwu Li Clan
Chapter 6 - Living Under Someone’s Roof
Chapter 7 - Hai Mie Hou Bi
Chapter 8 - The Exorcists’ Superior Officer
Chapter 9 - Newcomers
Chapter 10 - The Renewal of All Things
Chapter 11 - Forces Split in Two
Chapter 12 - Undertaking An Official Task
Chapter 13 - Return to Pingkang
Chapter 14 - The Dried Corpse Under the Bed
Chapter 15 - The Blurred Events of the Past
Chapter 16 - Foxhunting in the Depth of Night
Chapter 17 - The Strategy to Lure Yao
Chapter 18 - Beijiao Palace
Chapter 19 - Fei Ao’s Death Sentence
Chapter 20 - The Prince of Persia
Chapter 21 - Ancient Sword Name
Chapter 22 - Searching For Yaos In The Academy
Chapter 23 - A Debt That Will Be Repaid
Chapter 24 - Meeting the Emperor at Mt. Li
Chapter 25 - Rounding Up In The Examination Hall