Legend of the Five Rings: To Chart the Clouds by Evan Dicken

To Chart the Clouds

A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

To Chart the Clouds

A Legend of the Five Rings Novel

By Evan Dicken

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.

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The realm of Rokugan is a land of samurai, courtiers, and mystics, of dragons and divine beings – a world of heroism, magic, and steel. Through times of peace and war, the samurai of the seven Great Clans have competed for power and influence. But as the trust between them fractures, those struggles turn ever bloodier. Former allies become fierce adversaries, and unlikely pacts are forged between ancient enemies. While conflict and political intrigue divide the clans, the true threat awaits in the darkness of the Shadowlands, beyond the vast Carpenter Wall. There, in the twisted wastelands, an evil corruption endlessly seeks the downfall of the empire. As the Shadowlands threat grows, samurai from the warring clans must put aside their differences and unite if they are to save the very soul of Rokugan.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 352pp
Cover Art: Nathan Elmer
Genre: Fantasy

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: February 1, 2022
UK On Sale Date: April 28, 2022
Paperback ISBN: 9781839081224
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: January 18, 2022
ebook ISBN: 9781839081231


Global On Sale: January 18, 2022
ISBN: 9781666193442

About the Author

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.

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“Although there are numerous other threats to Rokugan (demons to the south, bloodspeaker cults, secret societies bent on destroying the gods, undead, dark sorcerers, corrupt spirits, etc.) To Chart the Clouds focuses primarily on Clan/Imperial politics, and the friction between various factions, specifically the proud and fractious Lion Clan, the shrewd and ambitious Scorpion Clan, and the Imperial Court attempting to maintain a precarious balance.”
Track of Words


“Undoubtedly one of the finest books to be published by Aconyte Books in the Legend of the Five Rings range. I really cannot recommend it enough.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer

“Dicken does a fantastic job keeping things moving, keeping that sense of looming danger going.”
Lauren’s Bookshelf

“I liked the character development Dicken gave us, as I came to like them…even the villains. He used ancient Japanese societal norms to twist the plot and simultaneously educate the reader. I feel a little more intelligent after having read this book.”
– Kindles All the Way Down

“The story is fast paced, and very smart, with Miya using her brain far more than brawn which is refreshing. There is plenty of action, but also lots of discussions of archives and the key to the story is cartography which can be pretty suspenseful when done right, and Dicken does so.”

“Despite being set in an established world, Dicken builds on this and makes it his own. From the description to the people and landscape everything vividly comes to life while you are reading, and it is a joy to read. Particularly the description and information on the cartography itself – the detail is mind-blowing.”
What You Tolkien About

“Imaginative, deftly written and action-packed.” – Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer, on The Red Hours “Dicken’s writing is clear and imaginative, and there’s lots to enjoy with interesting characters, a vivid setting and an entertaining plot.” – Track of Words, on The Path to Glory

Legend of the Five Rings: To Chart the Clouds by Evan Dicken

Global Ebook On Sale: January 18, 2022
US Paperback On Sale: February 1, 2022
UK Paperback On Sale: April 28, 2022
Global Audiobook On Sale: January 18, 2022

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