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The Bird that Drinks Tears

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Publisher: , expected Dec 2025
Original title: 눈물을 마시는 새, 2003

The Bird that Drinks Tears is a profoundly philosophical fantasy full of both tragically diabolical symmetries and laugh-out-loud hilarious moments. Four races with vastly different values, customs, and even lifespans come together to save their world, in which beings build their lives around honoring one goal, one promise, or one value above all else. Through the crisis and adventures, the four main characters, already veterans in their own rights and set in their ways, use their expertise and skill with flair while allowing themselves to change for the better through the fables, the conversations, and their friendship. Avoiding the coming-of-age structure while keeping the plot tightly woven around the fight to stop the abuse of sacred power, the series portrays the real struggles of various fantastical beings that cannot be solved with the wave of a wand. More nuanced than the Harry Potter series, funnier than The Lord of the Rings, and with far less carnage than A Song of Ice and Fire, The Bird that Drinks Tears is sure to satisfy the appetite for a quick-paced fantasy that is philosophical yet scientific, more spiritual than magical, and above all a story of camaraderie that finds hilarity in the grief of existence.