When enigmatic nonhuman visitors arrive from the sea, the very foundations of the Middle Kingdom are under attack. The evil agenda of these invaders sparks a massive war that will determine the fate of the Ming dynasty and the nations beyond. A young, legendary swordsman allies himself with a banished Shaolin monk, a defeated bandit chieftain, a carefree Mongol, and an unknown philosopher who knows the only hope for victory. Together, this band of misfits strives to be proven worthy of the impossible task before them. Determined to combat the invaders' initial offensives, they must also repel countless internal enemies who have rallied to bring down the mighty Ming dynasty.
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"The action packed scenes, ethical dilemmas, relevant philosophical debates, and an out-of-the ordinary storyline, make for an engaging read, especially suitable for young adult readers."- OnlineBookClub.org
"Exceptionally well written and thoroughly entertaining from first page to last, "The Sage, the Swordsman and the Scholars" by Pierre Dimaculangan is the first volume of what promises to be a new and outstanding historical fantasy series: 'Trials of the Middle Kingdom'. Indeed, "The Sage, the Swordsman and the Scholars" will prove to be an enduringly popular novel with fans of deftly crafted historical fiction, as well as heroic fantasy enthusiasts."-Midwest Book Review
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