(LOS ANGELES, December 23, 2021) – Seven Seas Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the English-language debuts of three Chinese fantasy novel series by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu all made the New York Times Best Sellers list for Paperback Trade Fiction on their first week of release.
  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Tian Guan Ci Fu) Vol. 1 debuted at #8
  • Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation (Mo Dao Zu Shi) Vol. 1 debuted at #9
  • The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System (Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong) Vol. 1 debuted at #14

Originally published in Chinese by author Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (also known as MXTX), these historical fantasy novels in the danmei genre (romanticized love between men) have inspired multiple blockbuster adaptations, including the live-action series The Untamed (inspired by Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation) and the animated series Scumbag System, Founder of Diabolism, and Heaven Official’s Blessing. The adaptations have amassed billions of views around the world.

All three books debuted in stores around the world on December 14, 2021.

“This was the biggest debut in Seven Seas history,” said Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis. “Due to the huge demand for the series, our first print run totaled half a million copies. As a company, we’re dedicated to bringing treasure from all over the world to the English-language market. We’re absolutely thrilled that we can offer these treasured books in beautiful new editions to existing fans and new readers alike!”

About Heaven Official’s Blessing:

Born the crown prince of a prosperous kingdom, Xie Lian was renowned for his beauty, strength, and purity. His years of dedicated study and noble deeds allowed him to ascend to godhood. But those who rise may also fall, and fall he does–cast from the heavens and banished to the world below. Eight hundred years after his mortal life, Xie Lian has ascended to godhood for the third time, angering most of the gods in the process. To repay his debts, he is sent to the Mortal Realm to hunt down violent ghosts and troublemaking spirits who prey on the living. Along his travels, he meets the fascinating and brilliant San Lang, a young man with whom he feels an instant connection. Yet San Lang is clearly more than he appears… What mysteries lie behind that carefree smile?


About Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation:Wei Wuxian was once one of the most outstanding men of his generation, a talented and clever young cultivator who harnessed martial arts, knowledge, and spirituality into powerful abilities. But when the horrors of war led him to seek a new power through demonic cultivation, the world’s respect for his skills turned to fear, and his eventual death was celebrated throughout the land. Years later, he awakens in the body of an aggrieved young man who sacrifices his soul so that Wei Wuxian can exact revenge on his behalf. Though granted a second life, Wei Wuxian is not free from his first, nor the mysteries that appear before him now. Yet this time, he’ll face it all with the righteous and esteemed Lan Wangji at his side, another powerful cultivator whose unwavering dedication and shared memories of their past will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.


About The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System:Half-demon Luo Binghe rose from humble beginnings and a tortured past to become unrivaled in strength and beauty. With his harem of over three hundred wives, and dominion over both the human and demonic realms, he is truly the most powerful protagonist—in a trashy web novel series! At least, that’s what Shen Yuan, online alias “Peerless Cucumber,” believes as he finishes reading the final chapter in Proud Immortal Demon Way. But when a combination of rage and a poor meal choice leads to his death, Shen Yuan finds himself reborn into the world of the web novel, in the body of Shen Qingqiu—the beautiful but cruel teacher to a young Luo Binghe. Although as Shen Qingqiu, he now has incredible power and abilities as a cultivator, he’s destined to be horrifically punished for crimes against the protagonist, so this new Shen Qingqiu has only one course of action: get into Luo Binghe’s good graces before the young man’s rise to power. That’s the only way he’ll escape the awful fate of a true scum villain!

About Seven Seas Entertainment
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment specializes in bringing the best of Japanese manga and light novels to North American audiences, and producing original comics, graphic novels, and youth literature. As of July 2021, Seven Seas and all of its book imprints are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services. For more information, visit sevenseasentertainment.com

About The Author Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta is an analyst residing in Minnesota. While his professional interests have led him on the path to the business world, he has always had an immense love of animation and comics. An obsessive manga collector, he spends his free time attempting to read through his massive backlog of series, hoping to one day finish them all. Will he succeed in his perilous quest? Probably not, but at least he’s having fun doing it!

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