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Painting the Mists

To help his allies, he’ll make the world his enemy.

Cha Ming is back in Verdant Crossroads, and for now, his allies are safe. The Thread Seer has chosen to honor her promise and has begun crafting a new body for the Monkey King.

Her seclusion has not gone unnoticed, however. Verdant Crossroads’ traditional allies are giving them the cold shoulder, and their neighbor, the Republic of Fendal, is now eyeing their territory.

It falls to the junior Thread Seer, Clever Dusk, to cobble together a defense—and to Cha Ming, her teacher, to help her. As a craftsman, Cha Ming has no trouble finding allies. But he and his friends are much better at finding trouble instead.

But maybe all the chaos they’ll cause is a good thing? Cha Ming’s research on rankers and Daoism infringes on the domain of the gods. The last thing he needs is for Mendin’s deities to notice him.



Clear Sky

Painting the Mists, Book 1

Blood Moon

Painting the Mists, Book 2

Light in the Darkness

Painting the Mists, Book 3

Pure Jade

Painting the Mists, Book 4

Corrupted Crimson

Painting the Mists, Book 5


Painting the Mists, Book 6

Shifting Tides

Painting the Mists, Book 7

Shattered Lands

Painting the Mists, Book 8

Edge of Oblivion

Painting the Mists, Book 9

Words of Creation

Painting the Mists, Book 10

Crown of the Starry Sky

Painting the Mists, Book 11

Claddings of Light

Painting the Mists, Book 12

Echoes of Divinity

Painting the Mists, Book 13

Pendulum of Fate, Part 1

Painting the Mists, Book 14


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.



Patrick Laplante



Adam Verner

Adam is a full time narrator with over 450 titles recorded for Harper Collins, Recorded Books, Brilliance, Blackstone, AudioGo, Tantor, Oasis, Audible, Highbridge, eChristian, Dreamscape, Scholastic, and Podium. Winner of a 2017 VoiceArts award and multiple Earphones, he holds his MFA in Acting from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He lives and hikes in beautiful Colorado with his wife and family.