Traitor’s Hope

For centuries the Rōjū council silenced all who opposed them, spreading lies and killing innocents in order to maintain the status quo and ensure that female Kisōshi were little more than a long-forgotten myth. Now that Mishi and Taka have helped to depose the corrupt council, the land of Gensokai is reeling as it takes…

Descendant of the Crane

A Review by JC Kang One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones, and while it does have an intricate plot and luscious world building,…

A Basic Introduction to Youkai

Every culture has its folklore about inhuman creatures, and in Japan these are the youkai (also yōkai). There are thousands of these entities, with diverse personalities and habits, from tiny spirits which live in wild grasses or appear only as lights on tree branches to enormous monsters which might crash through your roof at night.

Masters of Deception

Only an orphan half-elf and a conman can prevent an ancient evil from returning to the world.

Blade’s Edge

Every nation has its secrets. So do its heroes.

The Kisōshi, elite warriors with elemental powers, have served as the rulers and protectors of the people of Gensokai for more than a thousand years. Though it is believed throughout Gensokai that there is no such thing as a female Kisōshi, the Rōjū ruling council goes to great lengths to ensure that no one dares ask why.