From the first pages of The Black Tides of Heaven I was captivated by Yang’s enchanting prose, and was quickly invested in this story of magic, family, and rebellion. Sold to the Grand Monastery at age 6 by their mother, the ambitious and ruthless ruler of the Protectorate, Mokoya and Akeha must learn how to forge their own paths while remaining true to each other, and must each decide where the lines are drawn between their family and their beliefs.— Kristen
"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
About the Author
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.
“Joyously wild stuff. Highly recommended.” —The New York Times
“Yang conjures up a world of magic and machines, wild monsters and sophisticated civilizations, that you'll want to return to again and again.” —Ars Technica
“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 and The 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
“Like a Miyazaki movie decided to jump off the screen and sear itself into prose, and in doing so became something entirely new.” —Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers
“Relentlessly captivating, heartbreaking, and powerful.” —Fran Wilde, award-winning, Nebula & Hugo-nominated author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon
“Yang's prose carries the reader along... A really good book.” —Locus
“Yang's writing is quiet, but it is the quiet of strength. It doesn't need to shout to be heard.” —Michelle West for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Yang captures an epic sweep in compact, precise prose.” —Publishers Weekly starred review