• Mike Sliter

Review: Sword of Kaigen (ML Wang)

Such a fantastic book. Thanks to Petrik, Holly, and Eon, among others, for influencing me to read this story. Tell me what to read and I will read it, oh leaders of the literary world.

Rather than summarizing the plot points, which others have done more competently than I could, I am going to talk about what resonated with me. As a psychologist, I love exploring motifs that tread into that forbidden territory. I don't think this is really a spoiler, but probably my favorite part was a mother exploring how she never quite felt love for her children, never felt that feeling that she should have upon holding them after birth. It explored the impact that miscarriage has on women. Non-standard fare, folks, and well-done in the approach.

Generally, the book was an emotional rollercoaster. Probably had one of the most emotional scenes that I can recall in a book, and this is just within a standalone novel. I think that my mouth actually dropped open while I was reading, late into the night. Warning--you may cry.

I'll be honest in that the story didn't quite stick the landing for me. In a way, it felt like a 150 page epilogue rather than having more impactful scenes. I think the middle third of the book was so powerful that it almost drew away from the last few chapters (aside from one scene).

Overall, the very best self-pubbed book I've read! Five stars.

(Also on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2945016042?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 )


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