Twin Book Review by Mel: The Black Tides of Heaven & The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang

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The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang
Series: Tensorate, Book One
Publisher: Tor.com
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

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 red threads of fortune j y yang

The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang
Series: Tensorate, Book Two
Publisher: Tor.com
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

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.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Sneak Peak by Mel: “The Black Tides of Heaven” & “The Red Threads of Fortune”, by JY Yang

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As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature and authors, we want to give you a sneak peak at the upcoming twin novellas The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang, which show a wonderful concept of gender and transgenderness as well as several transgender characters.

Mel has already read them and can’t shut up about them because they were incredibly good.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of “When the Moon Was Ours” and “Wild Beauty”

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Throughout the month of July, the team here at Just Love will be elevating and highlighting trans authors and books! Our Trans Book Month has some incredible guest posts and recommendation lists so far, and we encourage you to check them out. Today we’re thrilled to have author Anna-Marie McLemore on the site, to talk about her books When the Moon Was Ours and Wild Beauty.

Before we begin the interview, I want to include the gorgeous dedication at the start of When the Moon Was Ours:

To the boys who get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these words.
To those called names
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between.
I wish for you every light in the sky.

I’m so excited to be joined today by author Anna-Marie McLemore, author of When the Moon Was Ours and upcoming release Wild Beauty. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Anna-Marie.

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