I'm excited to announce that my original epic wuxia fantasy novel Legends of Ogre Gate has been professionally edited and is now available on Amazon in both eBook and paperback. Check it out here! My intention with the story was to make it a good intro into the wuxia and xianxia genres, so if you have friends or family who wonder what Chinese fantasy novels are about, this should be a great starter novel (and a much quicker read than the insanely long web novels we are all used to). That said, it is still a meaty book, coming in at over 800 pages in the printed format. 

This version is a big step up from the original serialized format, both in terms of the writing quality and the plot. So many errors were fixed in editing that it's almost a new story. It also includes a map of the world that was not in the original release.

If you have the time, please leave an honest review on Amazon. 

Thanks so much, and enjoy the story!

by Deathblade

As I announced a while ago, I’m on contract with a major publisher to co-write a table-top RPG with a wuxia theme and setting. We’ve been playtesting the game for the past few months with experienced players, and now I would like to put out a call for players to join a new group which will be run online by me. In terms of my qualifications as a GM, I have GM’d off-and-on for over 15 years, mostly with the d20 system. Before leaving China, I ran a very successful 5e campaign that took the players from level 1 to level 8.

That said, our wuxia game does not use d20, but rather, another system that should be easy for anyone familiar with TTRPGs to pick up. It is gritty and unforgiving. Do not be surprised if your character loses a limb in a fight in level 1 or develops an unquenchable thirst for blood during the process of reaching level 2. And death is a real possibility, so pick your battles wisely: this is definitely not a hack-n-slash dungeon crawl game.

IMPORTANT: the genre is WUXIA. Not xianxia, not xuanhuan,...

by Deathblade

Whether you are a longtime fan of ISSTH or still in the middle of reading it, you will probably benefit from this video on the subject Immortal, God, Demon, Devil, Ghost: Definitions, Similarities, Differences. 

I discuss the topic of these five Chinese characters, and why I translate them the way I do. There are no spoilers in here about ISSTH or any other novel, this is purely informational about the Chinese language aspects.

Check out the video here!

by Deathblade

Hey everyone, as we announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, sometime next year we will be releasing the edited I Shall Seal the Heavens under the new series title Demon Sealer. The beloved "I Shall Seal the Heavens" title will still be there in the series, don't worry, but the overarching title will be adjusted for a variety of reasons. A lot of thought, discussion, and debate went into picking the name, and of course, the author's intent for the series was part of it. I'm sure there will be varying opinions about this change, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. 

Right now we do not have a specific date for the launch, but it will most likely be summer 2019. Stay tuned over the coming months for more updates and announcements.

by Deathblade

Greetings Fellow Daoists! Congratulations to all of the winners in the ISSTH grand finale contest! Without further ado, here they are...

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By this point, I've already sent an e-mail notification to all of the winners requesting an address...

by Deathblade

Dear Fellow Daoists,

I thought long and hard about what to say when we finally reached the end of I Shall Seal the Heavens. I think the obvious place to start is with you, the readers. Without you, none of this would have been possible. Although I didn’t create this story, it has been a huge honor to be able to translate it into English so that so many people outside China could enjoy it. I have to especially thank those of you who took the time to express your own thanks within the comments section of the chapters, and those of you who shared speculations, theories, and even criticisms. For me, seeing all those comments was a big motivating factor to keep cranking out the chapters. Of course, there are also many, many, many of you who supported me via the sponsored chapter system and also Patreon. That extra support proved invaluable, and was the main factor which played into my decision to start translating full time.

There are so many other people to thank it’s hard to start a list. At the very top would be Madam...

by Deathblade