Ji Yu Raijin has been learning the Path of Darkening Skies, preparing himself for what has yet to come. His life has been a difficult one, yet he’s lived it without complaint. Until the moment he meets the beautiful Second Princess, Shyong San Koida. It’s then his every thought changes. The girl’s life is intertwined with his. It doesn’t matter that she’s different. Most think she’s inferior. To him, she’s everything. So much so, he’s determined in protecting her, no matter the cost.

Darkening Skies is a departure from Eden’s usual tropes. This is a book steeped in Far Eastern lore. A book that piques the reader’s interest and keeps it. I kid you not. From the moment I started reading, I found it far too hard to put the book down. So much so, that I had to keep finding the time to dive back into the story just to know what happened next with Koida and Raijin.

I love the supernatural aspects the author has interspersed throughout the story. It fuels the reader’s imagination, urging him or her to give flight to the vivid pictures the author paints throughout the book itself. We’re given such a complex world that it’s hard to peel back every layer in order to discover what’s waiting for us at every turn. By the time I got to the very end of the story, I was left wanting more. Can’t wait for book two.


A boy abandoned at an ancient school of warrior arts. A princess bartered away as a treaty bride. A lurking evil with the power to topple the world.

Ji Yu Raijin is happy to live out his life serving his school, cultivating his life force, and learning the Path of Darkening Skies, an ancient and noble warrior art—until the day comes when he has to choose: remain true to the teachings of his path and allow his art to die out or commit an unforgivable sin and save the world.

Second Princess Shyong San Koida was born the only cripple in a dynasty of powerful warriors. With a broken life force, the only way Koida can contribute to her family’s empire is by sealing a strategic alliance to a barbarian leader with her hand in marriage. But hidden forces within the court conspire to stop the union and obliterate the Shyong San dynasty at all costs.

At the intersection of the servant boy and the princess’s stories lies a secret, malignant art bent on destroying not only them, but the entire world.

Darkening Skies is the first novel in the Path of the Thunderbird series, for fans of wuxia, xanxia, cultivation novels, demon beasts, and all styles of martial arts. Darkening Skies is written by eden Hudson, enthusiastic but terrible martial arts student and best-selling author of Jubal Van Zandt and the litRPG fantasy Rogue Dungeon.




I am invincible. I am a mutant. I have 3 hearts and was born with no eyes. I had eyes implanted later. I didn’t have hands, either, just stumps. When my eyes were implanted they asked if I would like hands as well and I said, “Yes, I’ll take those,” and pointed with my stump. But sometimes I’m a hellbender peeking out from under a rock. When it rains, I live in a music box.

But I’m also a tattoo addict, coffee junkie, drummer, and aspiring skateboarder. Jesus actually is my homeboy.