OH GAWD, where do I start????? Can I just first say that… THIS IS IT!?
*insert Ai Ai de las Alas voice in Tanging Ina*
I am so excited for this tour and for more readers to be able to read this book I want to cry!!! Because finally, folks. I am officially opening the sign-ups for the blog tour of my latest favorite fantasy novel, The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang!
Now, you will be reading the synopsis of this book at the middle of this post. However, I feel like the synopsis is not actually enough to tell you what is going on in this book and what you should expect. So, allow me to tell you more (and convince you on why you should pick up The Sword of Kaigen).
The Sword of Kaigen is an adult Japanese-inspired military fantasy book with two main characters – a mother, Misaki, and her son, Mamoru and is set in an alternative history with reversed racial hierarchy where African powers colonized most of the world.
This is perfect for fans of The Poppy War and The Last Airbender, as J.C. Kang’s blurb says. Why? Some of the plot points in The Sword of Kaigen were based on the Nanjing Massacre and M.L. Wang’s own family’s experience in it. Similarly with The Poppy War, both books has influences from the Second Sino-Japanese War and both books are war stories. (Although it was just a coincidence and the author didn’t intentionally followed suit.) So expect lots of blood, tears and sorrow. As for The Last Airbender, the main characters are called jijakalu (theonites that can control water), then theonites from other countries can control fire, air, light, and more. So expect lots of exhibitions. 😉
However, this is not written by an Own Voices author because the author is Chinese-American. Now, this is where this book becomes more interesting. The main characters in this book and where they live, which is Kaigen, are Japanese-inspired while its enemy country, Ranga, is Chinese-inspired, then another powerful country, Yamma, is African-inspired. Why does this part makes it more interesting for me? I talked with the author about this and this is what she said, “I built this world in order to get people of different backgrounds to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and to examine the bare mechanisms by which one culture forces itself over another.” In other words, this was written with the intention for the author herself as well as her readers, to help put ourselves in the shoes of others.
To know more about the world you’ll be entering in The Sword of Kaigen, you can read this awesome interview (also because I know I’m already talking too much and you’re prolly tired of me already) of M.L. Wang at Novel Notions here.
Now, do I have your attention? Are you interested in this blog tour? Yes? Then, carry on!
About the Book
Title: The Sword of Kaigen
Author: M.L. Wang
Publisher: M.L. Wang
Publishing Date: October 1st 2019
Age Category & Genre: Adult High Fantasy
Synopsis: A mother struggling to repress her violent past,
A son struggling to grasp his violent future,
A father blind to the danger that threatens them all.
When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores?
High on a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula have held the Empire’s enemies at bay, earning their frozen spit of land the name ‘The Sword of Kaigen.’
Born into Kusanagi’s legendary Matsuda family, fourteen-year-old Mamoru has always known his purpose: to master his family’s fighting techniques and defend his homeland. But when an outsider arrives and pulls back the curtain on Kaigen’s alleged age of peace, Mamoru realizes that he might not have much time to become the fighter he was bred to be. Worse, the empire he was bred to defend may stand on a foundation of lies.
Misaki told herself that she left the passions of her youth behind when she married into the Matsuda house. Determined to be a good housewife and mother, she hid away her sword, along with everything from her days as a fighter in a faraway country. But with her growing son asking questions about the outside world, the threat of an impending invasion looming across the sea, and her frigid husband grating on her nerves, Misaki finds the fighter in her clawing its way back to the surface.
About the Author
M. L. Wang was born in Wisconsin in 1992, decided she wanted to be an author at the age of nine, and never grew up. She got her Bachelor of Arts in history in 2015 and currently works at a martial arts school in her home city of Madison.
When she isn’t building worlds on the page, she builds them in her aquarium full of small, smart fish that love to explore castles and don’t make noise during writing time.
About the Blog Tour
This blog tour is in partnership with the author herself, Miss M.L. Wang.
This is open to international bloggers, meaning PH, US and non-PH and non-US bloggers are encouraged to join, and will run from November 11 to November 29, weekdays only, with 2 blog stops each day.
30 bloggers will be on board.
Each blogger will be required to review the book, and creative posts are also highly encouraged.
Only 4 Own Voices reviewers who are currently residing in U.S. will be provided physical finished copies while the rest will be given ebooks.
Further, you need to be able to post a giveaway link on your blog.
This is an adult novel but both teen and adult bloggers are welcome to participate.
Moreover, this blog tour prioritizes Own Voices reviewers. Hence, bloggers who are Own Voices reviewers for any of the following will have higher chances of being able to participate:
🗡️South African (sc)
🗡️West African (sc)
🗡️Indigenous South American (sc)
The above reps listed are all the reps included in this book. However, this book is more heavily focused on the Japanese and depression rep compared to the others.
Further, before you proceed on the form, here’s a list of the trigger and content warnings for this book:
If you are interested in joining this exciting blog tour, fill up the form below or here.
Note: Filling up the form does not guarantee your acceptance.
THANK YOU! 💖