To Chart the Clouds

A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

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Pub Date 04 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 17 Dec 2021

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Description

Border tensions between rival samurai clans escalate into war over a hidden valley, in this fantasy epic from the breathtaking world of Legend of the Five Rings

When diligent yet unappreciated clerk, Miya Isami, develops a new triangulation technique for map- making, her traditionalist superiors at the Imperial Cartographic Bureau heap scorn upon her. But when her novel approach exposes a swathe of missing land on the border between Scorpion and Lion Clan territories, Isami stumbles onto something far more significant than a mere mapping error. Her discovery offers the prospect of resolution to the seemingly endless territorial squabbling between the proud, warlike Lion and the secretive Scorpion. In a bid to contain the conflict, an Imperial Treasurer dispatches Isami with her fresh insights to the Spine of the World. Yet she is far from welcome in the mountains. She must negotiate between the clans, uncover the truth, and discover the location of a hidden valley before the fragile peace is shattered by war.
Border tensions between rival samurai clans escalate into war over a hidden valley, in this fantasy epic from the breathtaking world of Legend of the Five Rings

When diligent yet unappreciated clerk...

A Note From the Publisher

By day, EVAN DICKEN studies old Japanese maps and crunches numbers for all manner of fascinating research at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons and he has stories forthcoming from Black Library and Rampant Loon Press.

By day, EVAN DICKEN studies old Japanese maps and crunches numbers for all manner of fascinating research at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most...


Advance Praise

“Imaginative, deftly written, and action-packed.”

– Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer, on The Red Hours

“Dicken’s writing is clear and imaginative, and there are lots to enjoy with interesting characters, a vivid setting, and an entertaining plot.”

– Track of Words, on The Path to Glory

“Imaginative, deftly written, and action-packed.”

– Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer, on The Red Hours

“Dicken’s writing is clear and imaginative, and there are lots to enjoy with interesting...


Marketing Plan

– Legend of the Five Rings is the million-plus selling game series of warring clans, magic, demons and samurai.

– The land of Rokugan is a fantasy reworking of medieval Japanese society, fitting well into the growing trend for award-winning epic fantasy inspired by non-Western history.

– Legend of the Five Rings has a loyal fanbase across the card game, the roleplaying game, board games and beyond.

• Season announcement Sept 21

• Cover Reveal at GenCon 21

• eARCs w/ NetGalley 3 months out

• Cross-promo w/ Edge Studios

• ½ page adverts in Tabletop Gaming magazine during publication month

• Facebook Live interview w/ author on publication

• Book jacket in The Bookseller

• Co-Op with Ingram

• Amazon Ads for related searches

• Aconyte Extra with free chapter samplers, high-res covers etc.

• Social media promo & giveaways w/ influencers

– Legend of the Five Rings is the million-plus selling game series of warring clans, magic, demons and samurai.

– The land of Rokugan is a fantasy reworking of medieval Japanese society, fitting...


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Very enjoyable read. Well written and interesting, curious to see what happens next. Liked that the main characters were human and overcame failures. Female cartographer as a the lead was nice, instead of the usual tired tropes. Pseudo Japanese culture not usually my thing but wasn’t heavy handed and flowed well in the story.

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ARC Copy...for someone who only has a slight knowledge of the Rive Rings world (but enough to know Lion is the proud-warrior clan and Scorpion are the "untrustworthy" + spy clan), I didn't feel lost in the narrative's world and following non-aligned map-maker (not a warrior) surveying the whole area and ensuing conflict seems like an appropriate approach to exploring the world.

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I really enjoyed this book. It’s set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings which is a gaming universe that I had never heard of. That didn’t detract at all from my enjoyment of the book. The main character is Miya Isami, a minor noble who desperately wants to be a cartographer. Her evaluation goes disastrously wrong and she is then betrayed by a fellow student who steals her work. Her desperation leads her to accept a mission from a high ranking noble. The mission might also prove her theories about a missing valley so she accepts it despite being advised not to by her mentor. The story that follows is one of exploration both of the physical world but also of Miya’s character as she works out who she can trust and who is working against her. I loved the world building and the characters, all of whom were totally believable. The story is set in a fantasy Japanese based culture and I really enjoyed the political intrigue in the story as the clans each fight for their own interests. There is plenty of action but the story is quite gently paced which gives plenty of room for character development which I loved. Miya is a really likeable protagonist and I hope that we see more of her in future books. Many thanks to Net Galley and Aconyte books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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