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Joan is at her happiest when she uses her powers – stirring air currents, creating fire, and levitating metal objects – but she learned at a young age that no one in her small-minded suburban town was prepared to accept her abilities. Since that painful revelation, she has hidden her powers, isolating herself from others, even keeping her own parents at a distance.

However, all that changes when a spastic but charming boy named Daniel Thundyil transfers to her school and she begins to suspect that he is concealing powers of his own. Burning with curiosity and desperate to ease her loneliness, Joan makes it her mission to get to the bottom of this boy’s secrets. What she doesn’t realize is that Daniel isn’t just another Earthling with uncanny abilities; he is an inter-dimensional traveler from a world of super-powered beings. And the moment she started prying into his life, she put herself in the sights of the godlike evil that follows him from his dimension.

Now, the most powerful girl on Earth faces a choice: will she retreat back to the safety of her life in hiding or brave the storm for a chance at truth and friendship?

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“JAW DROPPING ELEMENTAL MAGIC! DEVASTATING BATTLES! SCINTILLATING SWORD FIGHTS!”

– Fantasy Book Review
on The Sword of Kaigen
★★★★★

“This book is the superhero fantasy you didn’t know you needed. Magic, Afrofuturism, and heart-pumping suspense – this book has it all!”

– We Read Fantasy
on Theonite: Planet Adyn

“To say that this book was thrilling is an understatement… I gritted my teeth, I clenched my fist, and I was constantly breathless.”

Petrik Leo, Novel Notions
on The Sword of Kaigen
★★★★★

“I am absolutely in love with this series and I cannot recommend it highly enough.” 

– Goodreads Review
of Theonite: Orbit
★★★★★

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Fantasy and martial arts aficionados alike should enjoy this emotionally supercharged novel about love and loss, which pierces readers’ hearts with the precision of a samurai’s razor-sharp blade.” – Blue Ink ★ Starred Review

“Highly imaginative… Intricate and original.” – Kirkus Review

“The Poppy War’s darkness meets The Last Airbender’s Elemental Magic… I haven’t been so emotionally moved by a book in a long while.” -JC Kang, USA Today bestselling author of The Dragon Songs Saga 

“[A]n engaging work of high fantasy… compelling and rife with magic and heartbreak.” – Foreword Clarion

NOT SURE WHERE TO START?
Here’s my recommended reading order:

YOUNG READERS and YA fans will want to jump in with Theonite: Planet Adyn. (One could start with the more diverse and Afrofuturistic Theonite: Orbit but be warned: the learning curve will be steep without the build-up from Book 1). Expect elemental superpowers, alternate histories, & the power of friendship.

ADULTS and epic fantasy fans may want to start with The Sword of Kaigen, which is a standalone spin-off taking place thirteen years before the main series. Expect storms, swords, & ice elemental samurai.

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Theonite: Planet Adyn

Daniel Thundyil leaned forward, drumming his heels against the side of a seat that was still just a little too high for him.

“So, Dad, you realize when I said I’d be okay with moving again, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.”

Robin looked up from the control array to offer his son a smile. “I know, and I’m sorry to throw you into this on such short notice, but I had no choice.”

“You say that a lot.” Daniel frowned, then pulled his knees up to his chest to rest his chin on them, his feet still tapping absently on the edge of the seat. He hadn’t stopped fidgeting since they left the space center. The silence bothered him.

“Once you’re finished sulking, I think you’ll find this trip to be quite the adventure,” Robin said brightly.

“Right.” A surprise trip with a dad like Robin was always an adventure. It wasn’t the adventure part that bothered Daniel. He didn’t mind changing schools, and languages, and identities every time his father needed to track down a dangerous psychopath. What he did mind was being left out of the loop.

“It’s not every day you get to cross into a parallel dimension,” Robin said. “Aren’t you at least a little excited?”

“I guess.”

“Nervous?”

“I guess.”

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Theonite: Orbit

Kente Ekwenzi had never been much good at sitting still. Na used to say his skin was the only thing keeping him from bouncing off in a dozen directions at once. It was not good, Na said, for a senkuli child to have such restless legs or such an active mouth. So when it came time for Kente to register for his two-week work program aboard the Dakkabana Space Center, Na—in her infinite wisdom and cruelty—had found him the most excruciatingly boring job on the roster: security monitor.

At first Kente had been excited at the idea of a job in space center security—maybe he would get to help apprehend a criminal or stop an alien invasion—but after a week and a half sitting in the same uncomfortable chair, staring at the same eight screens, he was starting to feel like he never wanted to see a space center, or a screen, or stars ever again.

“It will be a good exercise in focus,” Na had told him, but with nothing fun to focus on, Kente’s mind felt more scattered than ever. Twice now he had blinked to find that he had gotten up and wandered far away from his station into some other sector of the space center without realizing it. He couldn’t count the number of times the security chief or the other koronu in the division had yelled at him for standing on his chair, or using the console as a drum set, or doodling on the screens with a paintstick. He was in the middle of braiding some loose wires into a necklace when the security array before him uttered an alert ‘ping.’

Startled, Kente dropped the wires and sat up in his chair. At first he thought he must have imagined the sound—something actually happening on his shift? It was too good to be true!—but when he looked at the array, the alert light was illuminating Screen 4 and the computer’s low automated voice said, “Attention! Unauthorized pod requesting permission to dock.”

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The Sword of Kaigen

It was a harrowing climb to the high school. Eight hundred twenty-one steps. Mamoru had counted one time on his way up—no easy feat while focusing on not toppling off the side of a mountain. For most fourteen-year-old fighters, the winding way up to the school was a true test of nerve and agility, but Mamoru, with his springy legs and boundless energy, woke each morning looking forward to the challenge.

“Mamoru!” his friends panted from the steps far below him. “Not so fast!”

Itsuki and Yuuta had to take the steep path to the school because they lived in the western village, further down the mountain. Mamoru’s family compound was built high enough that he could have taken an easier way if he chose, but Matsudas weren’t known for taking the easy way to anything. He rose every day before dawn, amid the chanting of crickets, so he could make the loop down the mountain toward the western village and tackle the steep climb with his friends.

“You two are too slow!” Mamoru called back. “We don’t want to be late!”

“We’re not going to be late,” Itsuki called in exasperation from the mist below. “Just wait up! Please!”

“Fine, fine.” Mamoru lowered himself to the rock ledge and sat, letting his feet hang over the edge. It had still been dark when the three boys began their climb, but by now, morning had seeped through the veil of fog to touch the rock face with its pale brushstrokes. It was rarely possible to see the base of the mountain from the Kumono steps. Beneath Mamoru’s dangling legs, there was only mist, rolling in slow waves against the cliff side, growing gradually brighter with the sunrise.

The moment Itsuki and Yuuta dragged themselves over the ridge where Mamoru was perched, he grinned and got to his feet.

“Finally!” he said. “Are you two ready to keep up now?”

“Are you kidding?” Yuuta gasped, doubling over to catch his breath.

“You’re a monster!” Itsuki groaned.

Mamoru slapped each of them on the back. “I’ll wait for you at the school,” he said cheerfully and took off up the mountain.

His toes knew each ledge, each jutting rock, and he took the steepest part of the path in swift, confident bounds, skipping six steps at a time. He had just rounded the last curve when his feet slowed. There was a figure hunched over in the fog up ahead, a boy clinging hard to the rock wall as he panted for breath. Mamoru wouldn’t have thought much of it—there were dozens of students who climbed these steps each morning—but this boy’s clothing wasn’t right. Instead of Kumono blue, he wore a modern-looking black uniform Mamoru had never seen before.

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“This was such a unique take on a story that could have been one I’d seen before. I LOVED that we got to sort of grow up with our MC and watch her discover her powers… a fantastic start to the series!!” 

– Merphy Napier, Booktuber & author of Perfection
on Theonite: Planet Adyn

“It’s a brutal, dark, heartbreaking story, and I wholeheartedly fell in love with it. There were moments I felt angry, moments where I was on edge, and there were tears… oh so many tears!” 

– Nils Shukla, The Fantasy Hive
on The Sword of Kaigen
★★★★★

“I’d definitely recommend this book to someone who wants a fun, interesting, and deep new fantasy world to dive into.” 

– Goodreads Review
of Theonite: Orbit
★★★★★

“[A]n outstanding piece of storytelling that needs to be experienced, and one that is going to stick with me for a long time.” 

– Jen, RockstarLit BookAsylum
on The Sword of Kaigen
★★★★★

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“A coming of age superhero story with incredibly unique ideas… Fantastic read for teens who love good sci-fi that isn’t same-old.” 

– Kickarse Reviews
on Theonite: Planet Adyn
★★★★★

“The finest example of standalone fantasy fiction I have read in years… a spectacular epic with… cinematic battle scenes, a unique and fascinating magic system, and a plot that pays off with huge emotional impact.”

– Calvin Park
on The Sword of Kaigen
★★★★★

“M. L. Wang has outdone herself with this second installment in her Theonite series – it had me from page one and never let me go.” 

– Goodreads Review
of Theonite: Orbit
★★★★★

“I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. It has everything you want in an epic fantasy – cool swords, cool powers… awesome men, mighty women, massive fight scenes, and BABIES.”

– Suzannah Rowntree, Author of Pendragon’s Heir
on The Sword of Kaigen
★★★★★

Hi, I’m M. L. Wang!
Author, Martial Artist & Awkward Recluse

My Theonite Series is the product of over ten years of writing, research, and rampant imagination. Over the years, I have majored in history, learned multiple foreign languages, even studied abroad with a West African oral traditionalist in order to realize the universe of these books. The idea behind the series has always been to revel in all the fun and action typical of YA adventure while also exploring deeper (less-fun) issues of gender, ethnicity, and power. Basically, it’s the story that I—as a goofy biracial nerd child— always wanted to read

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Theonite: Planet Adyn by M. L. Wang

★★★★★ 5/5 Unique lore, great character development
I’ve read this novel twice so far, and both times I had such a hard time putting it down! … Theonite was a fantastic book on so many levels. Joan’s characterization especially reminded me of my own middle/high school experience as a gifted but heinously bored student. Her discovery and honing of her powers, her pride, and her subsequent loneliness will resonate with anyone who has ever felt like an outsider for being inexpressibly different.
I appreciated the unique world-building/lore as well. Theonite gives us something refreshingly different from the traditional Tolkien-descended Euro-centric manifestation of alternate civilizations and their magic. I’m excited to see how this develops in future installments!

Maureen (Amazon Reviewer)

Fantasy and martial arts aficionados alike should enjoy this emotionally supercharged novel about love and loss, which pierces readers’ hearts with the precision of a samurai’s razor-sharp blade.

Blue Ink ★ Starred Review