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More ‘Sword of Kaigen’ Art!

Hello Dear Readers!

M. L. Wang here, and today I want to share some new SoK artwork from the wonderful Tara Spruit (Taratjah). I’ve always loved this artist’s warm, expressive style, so I was ecstatic to have the chance to commission these pieces.

Tara Spruit has also done wonderful art based on other fantasy series such as Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and Stormlight Archive, Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, and Marissa Meyers’ Lunar Chronicles. If you enjoy fantasy books, I highly recommend checking out her blog and her store.

This art will eventually be part of prize packages in my Sword of Kaigen pre-order giveaway.

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The Sword of Kaigen Updates – Now on Goodreads!

Hello Dear Readers!

M. L. Wang here with some quick SoK updates.

First, I’m delighted to let you all know that The Sword of Kaigen is now on Goodreads! If you use Goodreads, be sure to add it to your ‘to-read’ shelf and vote for it on the ‘Fantasy Releases of February 2019,’ ‘Asian Fantasy & Science Fiction,’ and ‘Can’t Wait Books of 2019‘ lists.

Next, I want to share some photos of the first proof copy of The Sword of Kaigen, which arrived in the mail yesterday.

There’s still a lot of tweaking I want to do, but I can now confidently say that these books are going to look fantastic! (Kudos to the printing service for finally figuring out how to render a cover image without doing all kinds of weird things to the saturation; that’s new)

Last, here are some photos of the first set of SoK art prints to arrive. Apologies for the lousy lighting. The sun was gone. (Art by Coralie Jubénot, printed with permission)

These prints will eventually be part of prize packages in my SoK pre-order giveaway.

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New SoK Art by Merwild

A big thanks to @merwild (Coralie ‘Coco’ Jubenot) for this stunning commissioned artwork of Misaki and Takeru from The Sword of Kaigen. If for some strange reason you don’t already follow this incredible artist, now would be a great time to do so.

I may be giving away prints of this artwork closer to SoK’s release on February 19th of 2019.

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More on The Sword of Kaigen here

Maps of SoK

Hello again, Dear Readers!

I wanted to share some of the maps I’ve been working on to go inside The Sword of Kaigen (coming February 19th, 2019).

If you’ve read the Theonite books, this first map probably looks familiar. Not wanting to reuse the same Yammanka-style map of Duna from Theonite: Orbit, I made some changes, added paper texture, and worked in some Japanese design motifs to create this:

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This second map is brand new, allowing the reader to keep track of the Kaigenese cities and provinces mentioned in the book.

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The Sword of Kaigen RELEASE DATE!

Hello Dear Readers!

I’m delighted to let you know that The Sword of Kaigen finally has its release date! Ebook and paperback versions will go live on Amazon February 19th, 2019!

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A mother struggling to repress her violent past,
A son struggling to grasp his violent future,
A father refusing to acknowledge the danger that threatens them all.

When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family be able to stand against it? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores?


Reasons to read The Sword of Kaigen:

  • Elemental superpowers
  • Rich Japanese, Chinese, and African based world-building
  • Tragedy
  • Heartbreak
  • A core cast comprised entirely of characters of color
  • Ice katanas
  • Ice DRAGONS
  • Superpowered battle

Read a more complete summary of The Sword of Kaigen here

The Sword of Kaigen – Part 11 is here!

Hello Dear Readers!

Quick update to let everyone know that Part 11 of my ongoing Theonite companion novel, The Sword of Kaigen, is now available to read here on the website.

If you haven’t been following the story, you can start reading from the beginning here.

The newest 12th installment will be released to the newsletter later today. Subscribe to read before anyone else.

New Theonite Merchandise!

Good afternoon, Dear Readers!

Today marks the relaunch of my merchandise store, with revamped mug and t-shirt designs, as well as completely new products like stickers and blankets!

I’ve displayed my own favorite products on the merchandise page here on mlwangbooks.com. To see the full range of products in all their different variations (from the standard t-shirts to weird stuff like cutting boards and bath mats), feel free to peruse my Society6 store.

Theonite art in progress

I’m working on this ludicrously complicated image of the twenty core characters from the upcoming third book in my Theonite Series. Having gotten 20% of the way through, I realized I had all the female youngsters from Book 2 (minus Ayumi and the slightly older upperclassmen).

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From left to right: Bamako ‘Koko’ Kiita, Rajani Allegre, Fikile ‘Fiki’ Zithathwa, and Joan Messi

Their clothing is still lacking some detail, but given how huge the final image is going to be, it might be better to leave it that way.

Get a free copy of Book 1 here!