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The Black Tides of Heaven
The Black Tides of Heaven | JY Yang
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? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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xicanti
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JY Yang‘s clear prose and succinct, evocative worldbuilding pulled me in but good. The plot‘s effective too, with its conflict between magic-as-tech and mechanical tech, but I read the last half of the novella in a single sitting because I wanted to watch Yang peel back new layers of their world. If you like how Kai Ashante Wilson rethinks standard SFF tropes but you struggle with his syntax, I recommend you try JY Yang as a counterpoint.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review! Beautiful cover ❤️ 1mo
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xicanti
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Friday afternoon book & beer. The romance with the transphobic leads did NOT work out, so I‘ve switched to a trans-positive fantasy. It‘s my last unread book from Tor.com‘s free Pride bundle, and it‘s very good so far.

The beer is a Tabula Rosa from Devil May Care Brewing Co. It‘s got the character of a fruit beer but is a little too floral for my palate. Still, I seem to be drinking it rather quickly...

readingjedi Beer sounds good. I'm having a Brewdog Indie - not particularly exciting but when it's really cold it's just so crisp & refreshing. 1mo
xicanti @readingjedi mmmm! I feel that way about Tsingtao. It‘s not inspiring beer or anything, but it‘s just so good straight out of the fridge after a hot walk. 1mo
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Skyrimir
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I had never heard of silkpunk before, but I‘m excited to start this! Also, I love reading under my t shirt quilts! I have such a hard time getting rid of favorite shirts, I always end up turning them into a blanket when I get enough that I don‘t wear much anymore.

Sunraven I‘ve totally been thinking of doing that with some t-shirts, too! How do you usually sew them together? I‘ve been pondering the best way for a while now. 3mo
Skyrimir @Sunraven I do simple quilts, just squares that are the same size and I use my machine. The first I had so many issues because the fabric is stretchy. After that I used felt lining instead of the poly lining and it was SO much easier because the shirts kind of stuck to the felt and didn‘t stretch as much. There‘s also a “glue” spray you can get to help with that, my sister likes to use that but I haven‘t tried it. 3mo
Sunraven Some fabric glue spray has been staring at me from my Amazon “saved for later” for months for exactly this reason, haha. Did the first wonky one still come out usable? I think I can deal with fighting with/learning from the first one if it will still come out usable. It‘s just that I‘ve only ever made one quilt top in my life, and it still isn‘t quilted, so if things come out too wonky, I might end up with another UFO. 😅 3mo
Skyrimir Definitely still came out usable! And it was mostly that the lines where the squares met weren‘t as straight as I would have liked. I use it all the time though and have gotten compliments on it, so it must be okay, haha 3mo
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LeticiaToraci
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Mehso-so

This was interesting, only the writing style was at times a tiring narration, reminding me of a fairy tale. I'm still in doubt about following this series.

BillBlume Seems your reaction mirrors mine. I was sad, because I really wanted to love this, but I just couldn‘t. 4mo
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BillBlume
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Mehso-so

I‘m mixed about this novella by JY Yang. The world building is fantastic. They do a fantastic job introducing the way people in this world are born genderless until they choose whether they wish to be male or female. The story itself just got too melodramatic for my tastes about halfway through it, and the ending fizzles out for me.

My full GR review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2851200049?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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BillBlume
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Since I‘ve been taking forever to finish my current reads this year, I‘ve decided to tackle a novella I got in Tor.com‘s giveaway earlier this week. I know next to nothing about The Black Tides of Heaven (haven‘t even looked at the jacket copy), and I haven‘t read JY Yang before, so I‘m looking forward to being surprised.

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rachelsbrittain
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Free ebook bundle to celebrate Pride on Tor right now!

https://ebookclub.tor.com/

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TracyReadsBooks
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This just popped up in my email and is super cool! I‘ve read the tagged book, which is excellent, and I‘m excited to read the other three. If I remember correctly, it‘s really easy to sign up (maybe just sign up and give Tor your email?!?) and the best part is there‘s a free book to download every month. Definitely take a look if you are a fan of science fiction and/or fantasy!

imyril Passing Strange was just delightful. Enjoy! 4mo
TracyReadsBooks @imyril Good to know! The other two I haven‘t read also sound great...and you can‘t beat the price! 4mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Hey all, look what Tor Books has as free downloads this month

https://ebookclub.tor.com/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=eblast&utm_term=tor...

Karisa Yay! Just grabbed my free copy. Took a second to figure how to get it to my Kindle. Now ready to read. Thanks!!!😀🙌 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Karisa yep. Kindle uses Mobi format originally developed for Palm Pilot. 4mo
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Rainy Mondays
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This novella series is a great way to celebrate pride month if your looking for a #ownvoices sci-fi series, this is it!

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Mitch
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Oh thank you, thank you, thank you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - you‘re the best. Some gorgeous books, love discovering new things, and then amazing bookmarks, stationary, socks and even Dr P/ Cream Soda sweets- my fav beverages! Thank you 😘😘😘😘😘. Big thanks for organising @Avanders #sffs

Gissy Nice ❤️❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏 6mo
Gissy I want to read that book of IY Yang 6mo
Mitch @Gissy it looks soooo good! 6mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yay! I'm glad you like it! ... I wasn't totally sure if you had the NK Jemisin book or not. But I know we love strong female characters, and Jemisin is queen at that. But if you do have it, I'm more than happy to send you another book. 6mo
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EllanaRose
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Pickpick

Heart breaking and brilliant
#24in48

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EllanaRose
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I just signed up to #24in48 and I currently have 29 books planned for it.
This is totally sensible, right?

Right???

saresmoore I think it‘s best to suspend “sense” as one embarks upon a Readathon. 9mo
EllanaRose @saresmoore - Oh you are not wrong. I can totally do it... In my dreams XD 9mo
sprainedbrain You can totally do it. 😂😂😂 9mo
Reggie Lololol 9mo
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lauralovesbooks1
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Excellent world building that pulled me right into the story.

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esurient
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I broke down.

I bought it.

Cheers to 2018, #RehobothBeach.

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Kamisha
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Blew through this one today once I finally had time to sit down and read it! Amazing world-building and I love how the characters in this world go through a confirmation to choose their gender whenever they are ready. Beautiful fantasy done succinctly in novella form. Can‘t wait to check out the rest of the series!

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cmckinnon
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Pickpick

Very interesting book. I love the world building and the characters.

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esurient
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I really would rather you didn't advertise the day after the promotion in your promotion materials.

#irked

Clare-Dragonfly Not book-related, but I got THREE emails from Uber encouraging me to take advantage of a promotion that ended before the first email arrived. 11mo
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Ugh, that's even worse! 11mo
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LauraJ
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More good stuff from Tor.com. Get it while you can. #freebie

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llwheeler
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PSA! Tor.com has a free ebook of The Black Tides of Heaven until Nov 16, 2018

Yang's Tensorate novellas are some of the best books I've read this year. Really excellent fantasy. Get it if you're at all into sff and haven't read it yet! Also excellent for diversity #ownvoices

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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alvingregorio
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3 library holds came at the same time, including this one. 😟 Well of Ascension and Less are the other ones. Which to drop???

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TheBookStacker
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Took a tip from @Liberty and started this series, here‘s hoping! 🤞🏼 Also I‘m in bed comfy and warm by 8:30 having worked a 13 hour day and been up since 3am. So I think 2 pages and I‘ll be passed out (no offense book)

Tanisha_A The cover! 😍 1y
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GivenLemons
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A fantastic book! This novella has interesting world building and compelling characters told in snippets of different times in the character‘s life. I loved it! #fantasy #novella

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Lauredhel
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Magical twins, separated by tides of fate, political wranglings and impending revolution, magical beasties, and an interesting gender system. Recommended.

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melissa.drake
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I'm loving these novella length SFF releases from Tor - sometimes digging into a big chunky SFF read sounds nice in theory but feels intimidating in reality when I have a lot on my plate life-wise. These shorter reads are just the right length, where I can get lost in a well written story in a place far from real life, but I can also feel accomplished when I'm able to finish it relatively quickly 👍👍

Traci1 💙💙 that cover. 1y
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ness
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Pickpick

Love, love, love this novella. So glad I finally got around to it!

Soubhiville So beautiful! 1y
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ness
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This cover is still one of the best I‘ve ever seen.

MuddyPuddle Agreed! 1y
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shanaqui
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I think I need to sit with this for a while to really decide what I think. It's fascinating, though; I'm very much intrigued by the world and the characters.

llwheeler I loved this but I think i might love Red Threads of Fortune a bit more (maybe just cause i read it first?). Really looking forward to the next one! 1y
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ssravp
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Gorgeously written and a wonderfully inventive world.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh, this looks good! Thanks for sharing about it. And the cover art is beautiful! 2y
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Ellen_C
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Jy Yang‘s Tensorate series is a fast paced, action-packed fantasy series. The first two books follow the lives of twins Akeha and Mokoya. They have the powers of tensors (sort of like being able to use the Force) but are drawn to the rebel movement vs their mother The Protector. Each must also deal with issues related to gender, sexuality, relationships and loss. https://cannonballread.com/2018/03/excellent-fantasy-series-to-get-hooked-on/

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speljamr
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I can't give this book enough stars. Beautifully written prose that slowly unveils an entire world full of political issues and gender identity exploration, all of which feel like they should matter to the reader. I couldn't put it down. Oh, and they have raptors as pets, like the dinosaur kind.

#fantasy

Karkar Sounds good!! 2y
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llwheeler
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This is secondary world fantasy at its glorious best. Gorgeous, immersive worldbuilding, interesting magic system, and compelling, vivid characters. Looking very forward to more stories in this world.

llwheeler @ghosthost i'm guessing the main difference in my reading experience from reading Red Threads first was my feelings on Mokoya's prophecies in Black Tides, already knowing what she learns about them in Red Threads. Made for an interesting layer to the fate/free will themes 2y
2BR02B I have both of these on hold at the library. Really looking forward to reading them. 2y
llwheeler @2BR02B nice! They are so good! 2y
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thegreentealibrarian
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This was fabulous. The characters, plot, and magic system were interesting. There was also a lot of subjects discussed: family, gender. I liked Akeha and Mokoya's relationship. But it was really short and there could have been more development between the big plot points.
B+
I'm counting this for #popsugar18 "a book with characters who are twins."

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 2y
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PerusingPanels
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These covers... ❤️👌

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BooksAtNight
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😣 I was so excited when I got these two beauties from my library... but my brain just doesn‘t want to sink into a new world right now. So back to the library they go but I know I‘ll revisit them again! #itsnotyouitsme

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Anton
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Great novella set in a really interesting fantasy world. Moving on to the companion piece, The Red Threads of Fortune now!

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AshleyKorinE
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A high fantasy novella with magical creatures and political upheaval filled with an interesting story line. The characters use they/them pronouns until adulthood or when they decided to be male or female or never decide. The magic isn‘t fully explained but I know it‘s based of the elements. I enjoyed the complexity of it despite how short it is, it‘s still really good and fleshed out.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Cold, snowy days are made for reading—today I escaped into the utterly fascinating & wholly original world of Yang‘s silkpunk novella The Black Tides of Heaven. It‘s the tale of twins Mokoya & Akeha, children of the Protector, & the different paths they follow as one of them rebels against their mother‘s rule. Needless to say, there is much more to it. I don‘t want to spoil anything so I‘ll just say it‘s a marvelous book & one I highly recommend.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s coffee break reading and ‘take with me everywhere‘ book. Only 50 pages in but I‘m already loving the beautiful writing, lush scenery, strong characters, and intriguing story. Looking forward to reading The Red Threads of Fortune next.

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Asktheletters
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(Some) Favourite(s):
1. Book set off-planet
2. Book with an animal in the title
3. Book with a colour in the title
4. Memoir
5. Classic
6. Book with a body part in the title

#playingfavorites

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BiblioNyan
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Part 2 of the current birthday book haul consists of some of my most-anticipated reads, such as The Black Tides of Heaven and The Paper Menagerie. If you want good, Asian #OwnVoices fantasy, check them out!!

#diversebooks #litsygram #fantasy #historicalfiction #poetry

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RealBooks4ever
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An interesting world where twin siblings are born to the Protectorate, then sold to a monastery. The story moves quickly through their lives into their 30s, showing the different paths they've taken. It concludes in the next book, The Red Threads of Fortune.

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JamesChatham
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I could gush for hours about these novellas, but I‘ll keep it brief and say that they‘re beautifully written, the way Yang comments on gender and sexuality through the society they create is nuanced and impactful, and the emotional exploration of family and other relationships is heartfelt. I highly recommend giving these a read!

KathyWheeler Such beautiful covers! 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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Happy Birthday to me! Treated myself to this book... ok, I would have bought it anyway... #anyexcusewilldo #cantstopbuyingbooks

TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 2y
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday! I agree,great minds think alike😆cute reading buddy. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎉🎊 2y
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Nat_Reads Happy Birthday 🎈 2y
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen Thank you! That's Gemma, a rescue cat I got almost two years ago. She's my best buddy! 😻 2y
Leftcoastzen Love her name too! 2y
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speljamr
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Two new beauties showed up in my mailbox!

#fantasy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️ 2y
Balibee146 gorgeous 💜💜 2y
tricours Very pretty! 2y
Laalaleighh Please let me know how they are! I am SO tempted. 2y
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kammartinez
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

Been looking forward to this since Tor announced they were publishing this and the twin novella Red Threads of Fortune, and it's GOOD! A bit thin on story but hey, this is just one half of a whole ;D. Will get to the next novella as soon as I post this XD.

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Liberty
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Afternoon reading. 📖

merelybookish Pretty cover! 2y
Spacegirl Absolutely awesome cover! 2y
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