Jue Dai Shuang Jiao by Gu Long
Jue Dai Shuang Jiao (绝代双骄), a.k.a. The Legendary Twins, The Twins, Handsome Siblings, Legendary Siblings, The Twin Heroes, or Amazing Twins (and other similar variations) is a Wuxia novel by Gu Long. It was written between 1966 and February 1969. It had a total of 126 chapters. The plot is based on a pair of twin brothers who were separated at birth and raised under different circumstances. This resulted in a great difference between their characters and personalities. They first saw each other as enemies, but gradually became friends and eventually acknowledged each other as brothers.
The Legendary Twins
Jiang Feng (江枫) and Yan Nantian (燕南天), who were respectively known as Most Handsome Man on Earth (天下第一美男子) and Best Divine Sword on Earth (天下第一神剑), became sworn brothers. Once, Jiang was injured during a misadventure and was rescued by the secretive Yi Hua Palace (移花宫) in Xiu Yu Valley (绣玉谷). Both of the young mistresses of the palace, Yao Yue (邀月) and Lian Xing (怜星) fell in love with the flirtatious Jiang Feng and entrusted him with all the protection and love they could. However, Jiang Feng did not like the two mistresses despite their beauty as they were extremely cruel. Instead, Jiang Feng fell in love with the slave girl Hua Yuenu (花月奴) and soon Hua Yuenu became pregnant with Jiang's child.
However, their romantic relationship did not last for long and eventually both of them died after their twin children were born. Yao Yue brought one of the twins with her while the other twin was supposedly taken care of by Jiang Feng’s sworn brother Yan Nantian. Yan pursued Jiang's servant who betrayed his master all the way into the Villains' Valley (恶人谷) to seek vengeance. He lost the child to the Ten Villains (十大恶人), the most notorious of all the villainous figures who dwelled in the valley. Ironically, the Ten Villains decided to make the child their disciple and 'nurture' him into becoming the worst villain ever.
After more than a decade, the pair of twin brothers had grown up into two fine young men. Hua Wuque (花无缺), who was raised by Yao Yue, had been taught martial arts by her. At the same time, Xiao Yu'er (小鱼儿) who was raised by the Ten Villains, had been taught several tricks and underhand techniques by them. Once, Xiao Yu’er ventured into the Jianghu alone, and his adventures led him to his meetings with several beautiful maidens such as Tie Xinlan (铁心兰), Su Ying (苏樱) and Zhang Jing (张菁), whom he developed complex love relationships with. Meanwhile, the mistresses of Yi Hua Palace had sent Hua Wuque, whom they had brainwashed, to hunt down and kill Xiao Yu'er. Initially, the twin brothers did not knew each other's identity and were hostile towards each other.
However, after a series of adventures and going through thick and thin together, the brothers gradually developed a friendship despite being entangled in love triangles with the maidens. Determined to make the brothers turn against each other, Yao Yue forced Hua Wuque to challenge Xiao Yu’er to a fight to the death, but Xiao Yu’er consumed drugs to fake death. After his apparent death, Yao Yue unsuspectingly revealed her initial evil intentions to make the twin brothers become enemies and kill each other. The duo then recognized each other and the novel ends on a happy note with the twin brothers being finally reunited and acknowledging each other.