Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses Three Chinese Danmei Novels From Priest & Meng Xi Shi

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© Priest/Seven Seas Entertainment

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the license of three new danmei/Boys’ Love Chinese novel series from writers Priest and Meng Xi Shi. The new licenses include Priest’s Guardian: Zhen Hun and Stars of Chaos: Sha Po Lang, as well as Thousand Autumns: Qian Qiu by Meng Xi Shi. 

The new titles will be officially published for the first time in English for North America. Additionally, the Seven Seas English-language editions of the novels will include all the uncensored text in deluxe paperbacks, along with exclusive new covers and interior illustrations.

All the novels will also be available as eBooks on numerous digital platforms. 

The first new danmei license is Guardian: Zhen Hun by Priest, which served as the source material for the popular live-action Chinese web drama series Guardian. The novel series was first published in 2012 and is a modern fantasy trilogy about gods, ghosts, and supernatural investigations. 

Volume one will be released in May 2023 as large-trim, deluxe paperback editions under the Seven Seas Danmei label. 

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© Priest/Seven Seas Entertainment

The story of Guardian: Zhen Hun is described as: 

Zhao Yunlan is Chief of the Special Investigations Department: a secret group of uniquely skilled individuals who investigate strange happenings in modern-day Dragon City. Although laid-back and cheeky to those who don’t know him, this tenacious and cunning man fits well into his role of the Guardian.

While investigating a mysterious death at a local university, Zhao Yunlan meets Shen Wei, a calm and cold professor who proves as intriguing as the case itself. Something about this reserved man feels strangely familiar. Zhao Yunlan can’t help but notice the intensity of the professor’s gaze, and wonders why their lives begin to intertwine—as if by fate.

Another series by Priest that will be released in English is Stars of Chaos: Sha Po Lang. The novels were first published in 2015 and are set in a steampunk world akin to historical China. It has also been adapted into web series and audio drama. 

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© Priest/Seven Seas Entertainment

The first volume of Stars of Chaos: Sha Po Lan will be released in February 2023 as large-trim, deluxe paperback editions under the Seven Seas danmei label. The novels are described as: 

The discovery of violet gold, a vital fuel for steam-powered machines, propelled Great Liang into an age of prosperity. But for Chang Geng, a young man raised on the impoverished northern frontier, the concerns of the empire are as distant as the stars above.

When raiders from the north attack Chang Geng’s small village, he discovers that the life he knows is a lie. His mother, his teacher…even his beloved godfather, the man he trusted most in the world, are not who they seem. As enemies of the empire circle ever closer, Chang Geng must travel to the heart of the capital—with his godfather at his side—to meet his destiny.

The third license is Meng Xi Shi’s Boys’ Love wuxia novels Thousand Autumns: Qian Qiu, which has also inspired a donghua (Chinese animated) series. 

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© Meng Xi Shi/Seven Seas Entertainment

The first volume will be released in January 2023 as large-trim, deluxe paperback editions under the Seven Seas Danmei label. The story is described as: 

Shen Qiao is a devout Daoist priest who has spent his life honing his skills and spirit, leading his sect with martial talent, beauty beyond measure, and an earnest heart. His polar opposite, Yan Wushi, leads one of the most powerful demonic sects and is said to be unrivaled in his strength and cunning. Yan Wushi believes in the inherently selfish nature of all people—himself included—and that nobody is above committing dark deeds for their own benefit.

When a fight leaves Shen Qiao injured, blind, and with hazy memories, Yan Wushi takes in the defeated sect leader with a dark plan: test the limits of the man’s patience and faith in others to lure him onto the demonic path. Little does he know that he is about to meet the first immovable force of his life, and that two hearts can connect in unexpected ways. With the passing of a thousand autumns, who can stay eternal?

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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