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.
★★★★★ 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…”