Bridge Of Birds
A Novel Of Ancient China That Never Was
What is the result of superstition?
In the small village of Ku-Fu in 14th century China, a humble peasant called Number Ten Ox, began his story. When the children of the village of Ku-Fu are struck by a mysterious plague the humble Ox is forced to search for help. With the little money that the poor village could provide, Ox hired the only help he could afford, an ancient sage named Li Kao who possessed a slight flaw in his character and who drank the strongest wines in China. Upon hearing the peasant's tale, Li Kao informs Ox that the only possible cure for this particular illness was the Great Root of Power. This powerful ginseng root was tied in with the most illustrious legends of China and more specifically an ancient crime that had perturbed the serenity of Heaven. Thus began the whimsical adventure of Number Ten Ox and the incorrigible old sage Li Kao. Their adventures would take them through an ancient China built on thousand-year old superstition and mythology, from peaceful villages, to castles with evil rulers and secret treasure troves; each setting piecing together an ultimate destiny on a quest far more important then the travelers know.
Ox’s hometown of Khufu was built entirely to support superstitious beliefs. For example, Ox states that the ancestors of Ku-Fu laid out the village so that each direction was protected by a mythical beast. Each beast supported one of the four elements and one of the four seasons. The village was carefully built in the Valley of Cho, a lush green valley near a large lake. The valley provided isolation for Ku-Fu and so the small village had no straight roads or rivers that might draw away any good influences and to keep away outside influences. The village itself was constructed to resemble the outline of a unicorn. This shape was the result of one of Ku-Fu's neighboring villages being constructed to look like a fish while...