Thursday 24 November 2022

Happy Release Day! #AbsolutionNovel

ABSOLUTION releases today!

Absolution (Absolution, #2) is the culmination of Anna Tan’s Absolution series, young adult fantasy books set in a magical Nusantara. Following events in Terang five years after the conclusion of AmokAbsolution is both a quest for absolution and a journey of faith as Sultan Mikal attempts to restore Kudus’ blessing on the kingdom of Terang and preserve their magical gifts.

If you're in Penang, join us at the soft launch at GTLF at 10:30AM today! Not able to make it? Tune in to the live stream on my facebook page:


Here’s what people have to say about Amok, the first book in the series:

“It really is an epic adventure of the imagination.”—Professor Benjamin Zephaniah

“Tan is a supremely talented storyteller.”—A Duck with a Book

“The language is lyrical, beautifully written, and immerses you into the world and characters with ease.”—Across My Shelves

“The world-building of this Nusantara-set novel is exemplary, seamlessly incorporating elements of all the cultures that meld and mingle in Malaysia and its neighbours to present a truly fascinating fantasy world.”—The Frumious Consortium

“If you enjoy reading fantasy that focuses on the growth of the main character, friendships that are put to test in terrible conditions, powerless princes and changed positions, then Amok is perfect for you!”—Mermaird

Here’s what people have to say about The Tale of the Hostage Prince, which follows Yosua’s travails in Bayangan:

“This book was such a lovely and captivating story of magic, religion, friendship, and the challenges of being a ‘third culture kid.’”—Jamie Edwards, NetGalley reviewer

“I love that this book also brings us to contemplate about the meaning of faith (in general).”—One Anjana

“Tan has created a rich world… What do you do if the path you thought was so clear is not so clear after all? What do you do if you are torn between duty and where your heart lies? There is substance to the storyline not just adventure, though that is there too.”—Juliane Silver, NetGalley Reviewer

“The Tale of the Hostage Prince is a fast-paced story that left me breathless…I absolutely enjoy Anna Tan’s writing style.”—Mermaird

Get all three ebooks for $2.99/RM12 each during our launch week sales until 30 November 2022!



If cursed is the hand that kills, then it wouldn’t matter if that same hand stole, would it?

Tulen feels doubly cursed, forced to serve the bratty princess of Impian as punishment for her crimes. When said princess embarks on a pilgrimage, Tulen grabs her only chance to offer a sacrifice at the holy city of Suci—and maybe, finally, feel clean again.

Sultan Mikal has set his face towards Suci—and certain death. Nothing about his Penance is clear, except the fact that if he fails, Terang will fall along with him.

When Tulen’s pilgrimage intersects with Sultan Mikal’s quest to fulfil the Covenant of Salt, Tulen faces a difficult dilemma: What is her absolution worth in the face of the sultanate’s very existence?

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Get Absolution now!

Get the other books in the series at USD2.99 each as part of our Launch Week Sales!

Looking for paperbacks?

We're currently working on getting the books printed, but you can pre-order a paperback directly from Teaspoon Publishing if you're based in Malaysia!

Living elsewhere? Ask for Absolution from your nearest independent bookstore!



Anna Tan grew up in Malaysia, the country that is not Singapore. She is interested in Malay/Nusantara and Chinese legends and folklore in exploring the intersection of language, culture, and faith.

Anna has an MA in Creative Writing: The Novel under a Chevening scholarship and is the President of the Malaysian Writers Society. She can be found tweeting as @natzers and forgetting to update



Jiwosophy is the body of work of aspiring Malaysian-based artist/illustrator, Shahril Majid, also known by his artist handle, Jiwo. His art is a potpourri of peculiar characters, whimsical colour combinations, organic abstract shapes and eccentric philosophies.

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