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What readers are saying about Theonite:

★★★★★ 5/5 – Truly a masterpiece, highest recommendations!
This was an absolutely incredible read, certainly the best of the best of all the books I’ve read in the genre!… I absolutely loved every piece of it, and although it sounds cliche, I truly could not put it down once I started!… Could not recommend enough!
— Camille Choe (Amazon Review)

★★★★★ 5/5 Absolutely loved it!
Sci fi and magic and alternate universes! This book opens up whole new worlds and new ways of looking at culture and race and social norms. I’m ready for the next in the series!
— Aidan Sea (Amazon Review)

★★★★★ 5/5 Suspenseful throughout
I’m usually picky about sci-fi/fantasy books, but this one drew me in right away! Reading chapter one before bed quickly turned into reading over half of the book. It seamlessly weaves together fantasy with interdimensional worlds.
— Amazon Reviewer

Early Reviews are in for The Sword of Kaigen!

See what regular readers and professional publications are saying…


Blue Ink (Starred Review) – Excerpt

Tonally reminiscent of Lian Hearn’s bestselling Tales of the Otori saga… Although this is a character-driven tale, Wang complements the well-developed cast with immersive world-building, brisk pacing, and a fluid, richly described narrative. Also of note are the well-coreographed fight scenes, which – in lesser hands – can easily become mechanical and lose intensity. Wang’s fight scenes are fast-paced, clearly described, and exciting… The Sword of Kaigen is an utterly readable novel and the perfect starting point for Wang’s Theonite saga. Fantasy and martial arts aficionados alike should enjoy this emotionally supercharged novel about love and loss, which pieces readers’ hearts with the precision of a samurai’s razor-sharp blade.


Foreword Clarion Review – Excerpt

M. L. Wang’s fantastical story The Sword of Kaigen is compelling and rife with magic and heartbreak… A complex social dynamic and hierarchy feed off of each other, helping to round out other characters as the narrative unfolds… There are many interesting elements at play in the story, especially around social dynamics. There’s a twist regarding the Empire’s policies and strife with the Matsuda clan that’s compelling… Complex societies and an unique magic system make The Sword of Kaigen an engaging work of high fantasy.

Reader Reviews

★★★★★ 5/5 on Goodreads
“A real tear-jerker with some really interesting ties and insight into the backstory of the main Theonite series! This is less “young” adult than Wang’s Theonite novels… but overall, it is a very good fantasy epic that covers topics of loss, recovery, and growth in a very satisfying way.” 
Robbie Antenesse

★★★★★ 5/5 on Goodreads
“This is the most emotional I’ve gotten about a book in a long time. This universe has an amazing elemental magic system, which not only provides rich and thrilling action scenes but also doubles as a striking manifestation of each character’s emotional state. The author does a beautiful job differentiating each character’s powers and using them as physical metaphors for their development. Over all, a gorgeously told story about love, regret, war, and family…”  

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★★★★★ 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)

★★★★★ 5/5 Great World Building
There are two main things I use to judge a book. The first is how easy it is for me to put the book down after I start reading, and for this book, it was incredibly difficult. But the aspect of this book which really stands out for me is the quality and depth of the world-building. It was so well-developed that I would even be interested in reading about the history and society of the world just by itself. I can’t wait to see what happens with the character and find out more about the world.”

Amazon Reviewer