* 2020 Taipei Book Fair Award
* 2020 Golden Tripod Award
* 2020 White Raven Award
As an orphan who has grown up in a cobbler’s house, all Tsu Hsiao-Pi really wants to do is lead an ordinary life, but his best friend dreams of someday becoming a warrior. However, given that they live in a tiny village where all the warriors have disappeared, how are they going to find their own wuxia world to be a part of?
The martial arts tournaments at NiuTou Village used to draw vast numbers of warriors who traveled there from far and wide to compete, but it lost them all thirty years ago when the large iron pillar engraved with the names of various heroes disappeared. Now with the warriors gone, is there anyone left who’s willing to take up the mantle and fight for what’s right?
For two thirteen-year-olds who grew up in NiuTou Village, they’ve spent their entire lives hearing stories about that world. While the adventurous Kang Liang dreams of finding a way back there and becoming a warrior, orphan Tsu Hsiao-Pi just wants to stay with his master and toil away repairing shoes.
Then, one day an infamous fugitive appears and ruthlessly declares that for the wuxia world to return, the chief constable of the village has to die. What follows is a steady stream of strangers coming to NiuTou Village who possess a myriad of physical and mental skills, but what kind of chaos will they create as they try to reclaim the old world? And what does it all hold for Tsu Hsiao-Pi and Kang Liang?
Combining fantasy elements and coming-of-age themes which have long been Chang Yeou-Yu’s specialty, Jianghu, Is There Anybody There? marks the first time that the veteran children’s author has used wuxia as a backdrop and is an exciting new novel deep-rooted in a distinctive style that blends wuxia and fantasy.