The Black Tides of Heaven

The Black Tides of Heaven

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

A Finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 203 x 16mm | 250g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 076539541X
  • 9780765395412
  • 10,659

About Jy Yang

JY YANG is a lapsed journalist, a former practicing scientist, and a master of hermitry. A queer, non-binary, postcolonial intersectional feminist, their work often examines issues of race, class, and gender. They have short fiction published or forthcoming in places including Uncanny, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and They are the author of the Tensorate Series, which begins with the twin novellas The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune. They live in Singapore, edit fiction at Epigram Books, and have a MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia.
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Full of love and loss, confrontation and discovery. Each moment is a glistening pearl, all strung together in a wonder of world-creation. Ken Liu, Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner and author of The Grace of Kings andThe Paper Menagerie

"I love JY Yang s effortlessly fascinating world-building." Kate Elliott, author of Black Wolves and Court of Fives

"A fascinating world of battles, politics, magic and romance." Zen Cho, author of Sorcerer to the Crown

"Filled with memorable characters and set in a wonderfully imaginative and original universe." Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings

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Rating details

1,129 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 28% (318)
4 45% (513)
3 22% (246)
2 4% (42)
1 1% (10)
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