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The Black Tides of Heaven
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The Black Tides of Heaven
The Tensorate Series Series, Book 1
by JY Yang
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"Joyously wild stuff. Highly recommended." —The New York Times

A Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novella

The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang's Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls "effortlessly fascinating." For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available simultaneously.

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother's Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?

The Tensorate Series
Book 1: The Black Tides of Heaven
Book 2: The Red Threads of Fortune
Book 3: The Descent of Monsters

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"Joyously wild stuff. Highly recommended." —The New York Times

A Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novella

The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang's Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls "effortlessly fascinating." For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available simultaneously.

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother's Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?

The Tensorate Series
Book 1: The Black Tides of Heaven
Book 2: The Red Threads of Fortune
Book 3: The Descent of Monsters

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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  • JY YANG is the author of The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune. They are also a lapsed journalist, a former practicing scientist, and a master of hermitry. A queer, non-binary, postcolonial intersectional feminist, they have over two dozen pieces of short fiction published. They live in Singapore where they work as a science communicator, and have a MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Find out more about them and their work at jyyang.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 14, 2017
    Yang introduces a captivating Buddhist-inflected steampunk setting in their (Yang’s preferred pronoun) delightful debut novella. The imperious Protector, needing to satisfy her debt to an important abbot, gives her newborn twins, Mokoya and Akeha, to a monastery. As they grow, they show prodigious abilities in Slackcraft, Yang’s version of magic, which is based on shaping the flows of natural elements. Like all youth in this society, they remain ungendered until they choose genders for themselves. When Mokoya develops the ability to see the future in her dreams, the twins’ mother reneges on her promise and takes them back to better exploit Mokoya’s foreknowledge. Mokoya decides to become female and leverage her visions to help Thennjay, an outsider of a different ethnic group, become head abbot; this drives a wedge between the siblings. Akeha takes a different route, becoming male and living as a smuggler on the fringes of the Protectorate. Decades later, as a revolution fueled by new machines heats up, the estranged twins are drawn together once again. Yang captures an epic sweep in compact, precise prose. The only complaint readers will have is the brevity of their time in this evocative new world. Agent: DongWon Song, Morhaim Literary.

  • Library Journal

    September 15, 2017

    To satisfy a debt to the Grand Monastery, the Protector has promised to give the abbot one of her children to raise. Unwilling to part with her grown offspring, the Protector magically conceives again late in life and gives birth to twins Mokoya and Akeha. At six years old, they are sent to the monastery. The two are inseparable, until Mokoya develops a prophetic ability that makes her valuable to her mother once again. This ability sets the twins on different paths, placing their relationship at the heart of these two novellas by nonbinary Singaporean writer Yang.

    The first volume, "The Black Tides of Heaven," focuses on Akeha and how his world is changed once Mokoya's gifts manifest. The second title, "The Red Threads of Fortune," concentrates on Mokoya and the growing forces resisting the rule of the Protectorate. Yang's world is imbued with magic, yet a burgeoning rebellion eschews that magic for technology. The other striking bit of worldbuilding is that children in this world do not have gender until they choose which sex they wish to be, and the stories are full of fascinating gender explorations. VERDICT While published simultaneously, each volume can be read separately, as each story builds nicely upon the other. Taken together, they make an impressive, fresh debut steeped in Chinese culture. A second pair of novellas are scheduled for 2018.--MM

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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