(September 13, 2023) – Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce the license acquisition of the danmei/Boy’s Love novel series Ballad of Sword and Wine: Qiang Jin Jiu by Tang Jiu Qing. In this historical novel series originally released in Chinese–and coming to the English language for the first time–an intense relationship burns between the son of an infamous traitor and the vengeful nobleman who despises him…at first.

Shen Zechuan is the eighth son of the traitorous Prince of Jianxing, a man who doomed his cities and people to destruction at the hands of the foreign enemy. As the only surviving member of his reviled line, Shen Zechuan is dragged to the capital in chains. He bears the hatred of the nation, but no one’s hate burns hotter than that of Xiao Chiye, the youngest son of the powerful Prince of Libei.

Xiao Chiye would love nothing more than to see Shen Zechuan dead–but against all odds, he clings to life. Rather than succumb to his family’s disgrace, he becomes a thorn in Xiao Chiye’s side, clawing his way into the cutthroat political world of the capital. Yet as these two bitter enemies beat against the bonds of their fate, they find themselves kindred spirits, unlikely allies…and perhaps something more.

This Chinese historical fiction tale of war and political intrigue has attracted fans from around the world and inspired a comic and an audio drama. The Seven Seas English-language edition will feature uncensored text along with all-new covers and interior illustrations from artist St, who also illustrates The Husky and His White Cat Shizun and Remnants of Filth.

Ballad of Sword and Wine: Qiang Jin Jiu (Novel) Vol. 1 will be released for the first time in the English language in June 2024 for $19.99 USA / $25.99 CAN, with the series available in large-trim paperback editions as part of the Seven Seas Danmei label. Ebook editions will also be available on digital platforms. Paperback preorders are available now.

About Seven Seas Entertainment
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment is an award-winning publisher that specializes in bringing the best of Japanese manga and light novels to English-language audiences alongside the hottest danmei, webtoons, and other books from around the globe, as well as producing audiobooks, original comics, and youth literature. All of Seven Seas’ print book imprints are distributed throughout the world by Penguin Random House Publisher Services. For more information, visit sevenseasentertainment.com

About The Author Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta is a BI Engineer that works in the entertainment industry. Throughout his entire life, Varun has 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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