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The Red Threads of Fortune
The Red Threads of Fortune | JY Yang
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The Red Threads of Fortune 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 Black Tides of Heaven, available simultaneously. Fallen prophet, master of the elements, and daughter of the supreme Protector, Sanao Mokoya has abandoned the life that once bound her. Once her visions shaped the lives of citizens across the land, but no matter what tragedy Mokoya foresaw, she could never reshape the future. Broken by the loss of her young daughter, she now hunts deadly, sky-obscuring naga in the harsh outer reaches of the kingdom with packs of dinosaurs at her side, far from everything she used to love. On the trail of a massive naga that threatens the rebellious mining city of Bataanar, Mokoya meets the mysterious and alluring Rider. But all is not as it seems: the beast they both hunt harbors a secret that could ignite war throughout the Protectorate. As she is drawn into a conspiracy of magic and betrayal, Mokoya must come to terms with her extraordinary and dangerous gifts, or risk losing the little she has left to hold dear. 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 second Tensorate novella is about grief and emotional rebirth. In the moment, I found it a little more distanced than I prefer, with less of the juicy worldbuilding that hooked me into THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN; however, I suspect the more I think about it, the more I‘ll like it. I can already feel it happening.

NB: I say second novella, but Yang designed the stories to work in any order. If this one calls to you, you can start here.

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xicanti
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Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Canadians! I just partook of the traditional hummus & carrots to fortify myself before supper. Now I‘m hoping to make some progress through THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE before it‘s time to go.

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xicanti
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Tiny library haul this week; just my next poetry collection and THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE, which got here FAST. I requested it on Saturday. Meanwhile, none of the materials that‘ve been in transit since last Wednesday have arrived yet. Sadness.

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Rainy Mondays
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Mehso-so

The Red Threads of Fortune continues where The Black Tides left off. I feel like this one was weaker than the first, but these books are such easy reads it doesn't really matter much

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lorannen
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It was nice to get Mokoya's perspective in this second installment. I liked it a lot. Differently paced from its predecessor. Yang continues to be really great at efficient world-building. Interestingly, a number of folks in my book club read the first 2 books in reverse order, which apparently didn't ruin things? I hadn't thought of these as being standalones, but apparently, they work well that way, too. 🐲

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lorannen
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Definitely the first time I've prepared for #bookclub by candlelight

Anton I'm waiting for book 4 to come out so I can do a re-read of the whole series! 8mo
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lorannen

It doesn't have to be one or the other."

lorannen This is the quintessential quote that encompasses both books I've read so far. 8mo
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EllanaRose
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Oh wow. That was really quite something.
#24in48

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lauralovesbooks1
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The world-building in this series really stands out as does the way the author works with concepts of gender.

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Lauredhel
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This didn't blow me away quite as much as the first book, but that's a high bar. It was great. We learn more about the world, tensions evolve, and a new way of seeing and doing slackcraft is opened to us.

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Lauredhel
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Festivus holiday lie-in with a book that has been on my TBR way too long.

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melissa.drake
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Mehso-so

Not quite as good as the first, though still pretty good!

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GivenLemons
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I loved this duology and I can‘t wait for the next one to come out! #fantasy #novella

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sakeriver
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This felt in a lot of ways very different from THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN, much faster-paced and more focused. I‘m not sure which I‘d say I liked better, but fortunately I don‘t have to pick just one. I really enjoy the silkpunk milieu, and despite the relative compactness and speed of the story, there‘s still room for real tenderness for and between the characters. I‘m very much looking forward to book three.

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sakeriver
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“A springtime of questions flowered in Mokoya‘s head, and she imagined picking them off one after another...”

What a beautiful metaphor.

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sakeriver
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Starting in on this today.

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ness
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Love! So ready for the next one to drop.

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ness
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Onto the next one!

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shanaqui
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I feel like there's a little too much insta love in these novellas, but I'm so fascinated by the world I don't mind too much.

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ssravp
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Enjoyed it, but not as much as the first. These covers though!

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speljamr
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Absolutely loving this series so far. This is the other novella that came out the same time as the first. I already went ahead and pre-ordered the third book. I can't recommend this enough. And just look at the cover art!

#fantasy

LitsyGetsGraphic Beautiful cover ❤️ 2y
llwheeler There's a third one coming?! Yessss 2y
speljamr @llwheeler And a fourth from what I read. 2y
ghosthost I loved these novellas. Can‘t wait for #3. 2y
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2BR02B
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1. "Killing the voice transmitter was an overreaction."
2. 211
3. Temptingly
4. Mokoya
5. Red
6. Fantasy
7. The, nervous
8. Black
9. JYY
10. "Rising sun"
11. 2017
12. Ken Liu
13. Nope
14. Yep

Thanks, @Kaye!

llwheeler Hey I finally recognized one of these! 2y
2BR02B @llwheeler 😁👏👏 2y
ghosthost @llwheeler I stopped because I saw Mokoya. 2y
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speljamr
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Lunch time reading with part two of JY Yang's Tensorate series.

#litsymen
@Kaye

2BR02B Just picked these two up from the library. Based on your previous review, I think I'll try to read them this weekend. 👍 2y
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llwheeler
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My post-workout* reward: iced tea, scone, and a stack of books that's way too big for one afternoon. 💕

*the Canadian version: shoveling a good few inches of heavy, wet snow off your driveway. Oof.

Hoopiefoot Enjoy! 2y
llwheeler @Hoopiefoot Thanks ☺ 2y
Jaimelire Scone looks so good! I am getting sick of shovelling snow. Hopefully we see spring soon. 2y
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llwheeler
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Hey @ghosthost look what I got today 😀

They didn't have Black Tides but I couldn't resist this, so pretty!

ghosthost Fun! You can tell me what it‘s like to read that one first instead of second. I wonder if we‘ll notice different things. 2y
llwheeler @ghosthost 👍 i am looking forward to it! I still think this two novellas, doesn't matter which way you read them idea is so interesting. 2y
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Anton
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I'm not sure these books can be reviewed separately, because they really make up one excellent narrative. Red Threads Of Fortune picks up a few years after Black Tides Of Heaven, continuing the story of the Protectorate and the Machinist rebellion but with Mokoya taking centre stage. This is a story about grief and loss that builds on the world and characters JY Yang introduced in The Black Tides Of Heaven. Both are highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Anton Also, despite the author and publisher claiming the books can be read in any order, I don't think Red Threads will be nearly as affecting without first reading Black Tides. 2y
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AshleyKorinE
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The second book in this novella series was actually more emotionally charged than the first. It‘s a story of grief, self discovery, and magic. I loved the characters and the world to these stories just wish we got more on how it all worked. Its a super fast read and fun despite its sometimes heavier story but definitely worth picking up both books!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Shattered by the loss of her daughter, Mokoya flees to the edges of the kingdom where she hunts naga. There she meets Rider who has their own mysterious reasons for being in Bataanar. Magic & fantastic creatures abound. So too do complicated relationships. The scenery is lush, the characters complex, & the world fascinating. This beautifully written novella, a companion to The Black Tides of Heaven, is wholly original and a really great read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Saturday morning reading.

BookishMarginalia Lovely pic! 2y
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kammartinez
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

Wow. WOW. Things were rough with the characters at the end of the previous novella, and this one shows just HOW rough it's gotten. Won't get into it much because spoilers, but I CAN say that this is a story about grief and rage - and how to break through those to the things that really matter. Cannot wait for the rest of this series to come out XD.

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MagneticCrow
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What a great new book Tuesday here in the SFF world 👍🏼😍📚