Painting the Mists: Volume 1 | Podium Audio

Painting the Mists

Painting the Mists: Volume 1

Book 3

By: Patrick G. Laplante

Released: June 11, 2024

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 32 hr, 7 min

Books 1–3 of the Painting the Mists series.
_Clear Sky, _book one:
Martial cultivators, flying swords, and magic talismans.
Life for Cha Ming is a daily grind, a rat race where people don’t make any real decisions. When he asks the universe for something more, fate itself answers his prayer. A talisman brush older than time itself sends him to another world where magic, fortune, and danger await.
Now, the world is at his fingertips. He has a new life, a new body, and can wield the five elements. It’s too bad his new home is a place where might makes right, and immortal cultivators and demons fight at the drop of a hat.
Where the divine brush goes, danger follows. As its wielder, Cha Ming can’t stay out of trouble. Many seek the Clear Sky Brush, and they’ll stop at nothing to find it…
_Blood Moon, _book two:
The kindest hearts make the cruelest villains. The perfect tools if you know where to buy them…
Cha Ming’s new brother is a demon fox. He’s cute. He’s naughty. And he’s always hungry. If only Godbeasts didn’t grow so damned quickly. When the duo joins their classmate Gong Lan on an expedition, they soon discover that not everything is as it seems. It’s not rebels they’re fighting, but devils wearing human skins. 
Can they disrupt an evil merchant’s soul trade without the help of the army? Gong Lan’s techniques are driving her mad, and it’s only a matter of time before she turns on them. 
_Light in the Darkness, _book three:
Cha Ming and Huxian have faced the heavens and lived…
Crippled and broken, Cha Ming finds himself in an isolated village. Only the efforts of a mortal doctor are keeping him alive. His qi pathways are ravaged, and his organs are failing. It’s only a matter of time before his wounds claim him.
Meanwhile, Huxian finds himself in his natural environment—a mountain crawling with powerful demons. To survive, he’ll need to eat or be eaten. It’s a good thing eating is what he does best.
One man. One fox. One shared life. If one fails, so does the other…



Patrick G. Laplante

Patrick Georges Laplante was born in a small town in the Canadian prairies in 1987. He began publishing Painting the Mists online under the pseudonym RedMirage in January 2018. An engineer by trade, he graduated from the University of Alberta in 2009 and completed his master’s degree in 2011. While writing and engineering have little in common, he actively utilizes his experiences and attention to detail in fleshing out a vivid world and answering the “whys,” which are often left unanswered in Xianxia fiction. As an avid vegan, he aims to prompt internal reflection in his readers through various themes like non-violence, choice, and begging the question: Is personhood restricted to humanity? And what is proper conduct, morality, and love? His work is inspired by a combination of Western fiction, Dungeons and Dragons, Chinese web novels, and various Japanese, Korean, and Chinese comics and illustrated novels. Patrick's hobbies include: reading, board games, and taekwondo.