Hello fellow book nerds!
Today is my turn to participate in the Blog Tour for The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang. I was super excited to participate because the book sounded amazing and not to my surprise, it was amazing!
If this book isn’t on your radar then it definitely should be!
This review may seem like a “first impression” review but there was honestly so much that happened and I like to keep me reviews spoiler free!
Also the ebook is only $0.99 so you should really get it
Sword of Kaigen
by M.L. Wang
5 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
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.
Power was born into a person and lived in the wordless depths of their soul.
By page 3 of this book I knew I was going to love it. What drew me in first was Wang’s writing. It was so detailed and beautiful that I was enamoured by the whole thing. Then she moved on to create this amazing world. I was blown away by how rich this world had become. There was so much to talk about and Wang did it in an interesting way. While learning about the history of the land and the wars, I was intrigued. When explaining the families and traditions, I wanted to know more. All the information given was necessary and developed in the perfect place. Never once did I feel bored or overwhelmed with the knowledge that was provided.
The dual point of view was fantastic for this novel. I enjoyed it because Wang provided different generational views. A woman who wanted to be a warrior but tradition made her a housewife. And a son who wanted to prove he had the strength and talent his family name carried. Misaki was a strong character in her own way. Honestly at first it took me a bit to get into her character. I knew she was going to be fierce but I was worried that it would be too much. And I’m glad my assumptions of her were wrong. Misaki really grew on me and I ended up living for her past and learning more about her. Mamoru was my favorite. He was a little hotheaded at points but I understood why. His whole belief was being questioned so I would start panicking also. However, Mamoru overcame the challenges presented in front of him and really developed. His progression in the story was so well done.
Overall, The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang was absolutely stunning. The beginning of the story until the end was beautifully written. There was so much that happened throughout the pages of this magnificent novel but all done in a way that never left me feeling bored or overwhelmed. The characters developed so well that I can only appreciate what the author has done. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something so well written with a rich world and amazing characters.
He was a Matsuda. And Matsudas were not made of storms. They were ice—cold in their calculations and unyielding in their integrity.
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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.