My debut novel is a historical fantasy set in Regency London, featuring magic, romance and lots of hijinks.
Zacharias Wythe, England’s first African Sorcerer Royal, is contending with attempts to depose him, rumours that he murdered his predecessor, and an alarming decline in England’s magical stocks. But his troubles are multiplied when he encounters runaway orphan Prunella Gentleman, who has just stumbled upon English magic’s greatest discovery in centuries.
In a standalone novel set two years after Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae.
The enchanted island of Janda Baik, in the Malay Archipelago, has long been home to witches. And Muna and her sister Sakti wake on its shores under a curse, which has quite stolen away their memories. Their only hope of salvation lies in distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal runs a controversial academy for female magicians. But the pair travel via the formidable Fairy Queen’s realm, where Sakti simply disappears.
To save her sister, Muna must learn to navigate Regency London’s high society and trick the English into believing she’s a magical prodigy. But when the Sorceress Royal’s friends become accidentally embroiled in a plot – involving the Fairy Queen’s contentious succession – Muna is drawn right in. She must also find Sakti, break their curse and somehow stay out of trouble. But if Fairyland’s true queen does finally return, trouble may find her first …
Novellas & novelettes
The Order of The Pure Moon Reflected in Water, Tor.com Publishing (June 2020)
33,000 words. Follower of the Order of the Pure Moon Guet Imm joins up with a company of bandits in order to protect a sacred object and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.
There was a brief lull in the general chatter when the bandit walked into the coffeehouse.
This was not because of the knife at his hip or his dusty attire, suggestive of a life spent in the jungle. It was not the first time Weng Wah Coffeehouse had seen a bandit and it would not be the last.
23,000 words. An epistolary romance novella set in 1920s London. Young writer Jade Yeo is about to find out what a lot of trouble a negative review can cause.
“Poor Ariel,” he said. “Alone on an incomprehensible island. Has any other mariner heard your whispers, or did they think it just the wind?”
“I’m really more of a Caliban,” I said primly.
The Terracotta Bride, self-published reprint (March 2016). Ebook: Amazon | Amazon UK | Smashwords | other retailer links. First appeared in Steam-Powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories, ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft, Torquere Press (October 2011).
11,000 words. When Siew Tsin’s husband brings home his new bride Yonghua, an artificial woman made from terracotta, Siew Tsin falls in love — and is drawn into a conspiracy where the stakes are eternal life, or a very final death. A tale of first love, bad theology and robot reincarnation set in the Chinese afterlife.
The girl shone out from her extravagant silk robes like a pearl nestled in a red velvet box. She was beautiful, with skin as smooth as jade and hair like a lacquered black bowl.
Her eyes were black commas, no whites in them. She was not human. She had never been alive.
If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog (November 2018). Ebook: NOOK. Reprinted in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 13, ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books (April 2019).
8,500 words. A hapless imugi is determined to attain the form of a full-fledged dragon and gain entry to the gates of heaven. For a long time, things don’t go well. Then, it meets a girl.
If you drop a stone, it will fall to the ground—it will not fly up to the sky. If you try to become a dragon before your thousandth birthday, you will fall flat on your face, and all the other spirits of the five elements will laugh at you.
These are the laws of heaven.
You can read a sequel here: Head of a Snake, Tail of Dragon.
Short story collections & anthologies
A collection of my short stories published by award-winning Malaysian press Buku Fixi.
“If you live near the jungle, you will realise that what is real and what is not real is not always clear. In the forest there is not a big gap between the two.”
A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.
Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, SPIRITS ABROAD collects 10 science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility.
The first Malaysian cyberpunk anthology features 14 short stories and is edited by me.
Cyberpunk as you’ve never seen it before…
Science fiction is all about outrageous ideas. Nice Malay girls breaking the rules. Censorship. Brain drain. Moral policing. Migrant exploitation. All the stuff of fiction, obviously.
But these 14 short stories take it one step further. The nice Malay girls are cyborgs. The spambots are people. The brains have drained into cyberspace, and the censorship is inside your head.
Welcome to CYBERPUNK: MALAYSIA.