2021, REVIEW

Review: The Sword of Kaigen

Author: M. L. Wang
Pages: 651
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪


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.


Character : 9/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Intrigue: 8.5/10
Logic: 9/10
Enjoyment: 10/10

Total: 9.07 which is 5 stars

My thoughts

My gosh this book is so emotional, it pulls on all your heart strings as you are reading it. From Anger to Sadness to Happiness.

The Journey this family goes on is such an impactful and an emotional one. Misaki and her husband’s journey is such a well done one and one I will not forget. At first I struggled to get into this book as I needed the index to find out what certain words meant but once the physical book arrived I managed to get into the book really quickly.

Mamoru is a young child who I felt so protective over and is being raised to carry on his family legacy. I really liked his character in the book. Misaki is a strong female character who I adored and is a character I can remember so well.

I enjoyed everything about this book and I need to read more by this author and I would recommend this book for everyone to read.

-Happy Reading


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