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As soon as I finished The Black Tides of Heaven, I knew I was gonna read this novella soon because that world is magical and I didn t wanna forget it so soon And this book turned out to be evenimpressive.This time the plot had no time jumps, actually it takes place within just a few days but the amount of extensive world building we get here alongwith a deep dive into the different interpretations of the magic system, is amazing and I couldn t stop reading at all We also get gorgeous des As soon as I finished The Black Tides of Heaven, I knew I was gonna read this novella soon because that world is magical and I didn t wanna forget it so soon And this book turned out to be evenimpressive.This time the plot had no time jumps, actually it takes place within just a few days but the amount of extensive world building we get here alongwith a deep dive into the different interpretations of the magic system, is amazing and I couldn t stop reading at all We also get gorgeous descriptions of magical creatures and I particularly loved two of them so much In such few pages, we also get some jaw dropping action sequences and I was trying to picture them in my head but that turned out to be impossible.This time we get Mokoya s POV and after the events of the first book, it was quite painful to share her grief This story is essentially about debilitating grief, feeling as if there is no point in being alive, but also finding the courage to try to live again when opportunity presents itself The development of feelings between Mokoya and Rider might feel like instalove but it s so beautifully written that I was completely invested and my heart was breaking towards the end I just kept wishing that I could readof them being together In the end, this may be a small novella but it has a lush and vivid world, an intricate magic system, and a gorgeous story of love in all forms I can t believe I m so late in reading this series but I m not gonna wait longer to finish the remaining two novellas Actual Rating 3.5 StarsHm Tough one to rate because in a handful of ways I liked this better than the first installment But something about the connection between the two feels disjointed It s somewhat hard to explain Anyhow, this is still a creative enjoyable series so far Actual Rating 3.5 StarsHm Tough one to rate because in a handful of ways I liked this better than the first installment But something about the connection between the two feels disjointed It s somewhat hard to explain Anyhow, this is still a creative enjoyable series so far I read this in a sitting with its companion novella They re very different book 1 covers the best part of 40 years, 2 focuses in on Mokoya after she s lost her child, left her husband, and gone hunting naga dragons ish in the desert All the joys of the first book set in alt Asia, nonbinary characters, loads of strong women, positive queer and nontraditional relationships abounding, just none of the routine assumptions of so much fantasy, plus a great tale of treachery and monsters and bere I read this in a sitting with its companion novella They re very different book 1 covers the best part of 40 years, 2 focuses in on Mokoya after she s lost her child, left her husband, and gone hunting naga dragons ish in the desert All the joys of the first book set in alt Asia, nonbinary characters, loads of strong women, positive queer and nontraditional relationships abounding, just none of the routine assumptions of so much fantasy, plus a great tale of treachery and monsters and bereavement and healing I love a book with as much heart as brain Also the covers, my god Triumphant I am completely sold on this series, can t wait for This one is the second in the series, and it sof a monster hunt than the first book which is a coming of age and resistance story I think for me personally the monster hunt element wasn t my favourite, but the themes of the story are still super interesting and there s some great sections which deal with leniency, judgement, and trust I really enjoy that this is an LGBTQ storyline, and I look forward to seeingof the world in the future novellas too 3.5 s for this one from me. This continuation of the Tensorate saga is evenengrossing and magical than The Black Tides of Heaven of which there is an extract at the end of this one the implication seems to be that the two are interchangeable and can be read in any order, but I would definitely begin with Black Tides first What I loved about 2 is that we get so muchinsight into slackcraft itself There is a major plot twist I am loathe to divulge, suffice it to say that it takes the story quite literarily This continuation of the Tensorate saga is evenengrossing and magical than The Black Tides of Heaven of which there is an extract at the end of this one the implication seems to be that the two are interchangeable and can be read in any order, but I would definitely begin with Black Tides first What I loved about 2 is that we get so muchinsight into slackcraft itself There is a major plot twist I am loathe to divulge, suffice it to say that it takes the story quite literarily in an extraordinary direction And just when you think that slackcraft is a lazy novum for wielding magic, Yang throws the following passage at the reader Force is mass times acceleration pressure is force divided by surface area The load bearing capacity of ice is a factor of the square of its thickness A running creature of Phoenix s weight requires a yield of solid ice beneath for support Volume is length times breadth times height.We discover a very different Mokoya in this book Having fled the world of the Protector and all it represents, including Thennjay the head abbot, her estranged husband, she is nevertheless unable to escape the memories of the accident that resulted in a significant death Perhaps due to this trauma, Mokoya has also lost her prophetic capability, and can only relive the painful past.Now she hunts deadly naga on the outskirts of the kingdom, which seem akin to dragons This leads her to a deadly encounter with the largest naga ever seen in the Protectorate, a beast of mythical size and ferocity, which is hellbent on destroying the Machinist stronghold of Bataanarian.And then Mokoya meets the mysterious Rider, which begins a delightfully nuanced and haunted love affair Yang s flirtation with gender, and how language empowers these arbitrary distinctions, is as subtle and as incisive as ever.I think their writing here is evenconfident than Black Tides Mokoya is a deeply damaged individual, which leads them to make some terrible choices and decisions, but the reader continues to believe in the deep truth of their heart I loved it eventhan the first one The Red Threads of Fortune is set after The Black Tides of Heaven, and it follows Mokoya s PoV She has left her husband Thennjay in the monastery, and now she s chasing a giant Naga trough the desert with the help of a pack of raptors.Yes, that s not what I expected giant raptors , but it works.I loved how this book focusedon the magical creatures There were some in Black Tides too, but they were never really developed and they definitely weren t I loved it eventhan the first one The Red Threads of Fortune is set after The Black Tides of Heaven, and it follows Mokoya s PoV She has left her husband Thennjay in the monastery, and now she s chasing a giant Naga trough the desert with the help of a pack of raptors.Yes, that s not what I expected giant raptors , but it works.I loved how this book focusedon the magical creatures There were some in Black Tides too, but they were never really developed and they definitely weren t the focus of the story This time, we saw a lot of magical, terrifying beasts.This is not only a fast paced adventure, however It s also a story about grief Mokoya wants to stop running away, but at the same time she can t she lost her daughter a few years ago, and living won t ever be as easy as it was before As it turns out, she s not the only one grieving, and grief is a monster in his own right.It s a story that also shows how life doesn t end there, even if it may seem that way Nothing will be the same, but life it s worth it Mokoya considers suicide, so trigger warning for that I loved Rider When Mokoya meets them for the first time, they re on the back of a Naga The two get close really quickly, but it felt natural The romantic relationships in the first book felt rushed, and I was never really invested in them This time I liked Mokoya and Rider as a couple after a chapter of their interactions.I wasn t expecting to love Mokoya so much I liked her in the first book, but reading in her PoV was a totally different experience This time there were no time jumps to disconnect me from her or the story And she changes so much in a short span of time, but it never felt forced.In Red Threads, the magic system is slightlyexplored and explained, and now that I understand it , I love it Know the ways of the five natures, and you will know the way of the world For the lines and knots of the Slack are the lines and knots of the world, and all that is shaped is shaped through the twining of the red threads of fortune.I want to seeof this world While I think that the novella format is right for the story, sometimes I wish there wasof everything the magic, the creatures, the characters Because I loved everything I saw, and I can t wait for the next two books.Edit 08 14 18 not much to add, I loved this just as much, but this reread really made me realize how much I love Akeha This took the promise of the first novella in the series and advanced it in a manner that feltgrounded and resonant Yang is a wonderfully imaginative writer, whose commitment to exploring the emotional depths of their characters I find very admirable Much like with their first book, I find myself likingthan loving this work, but I m also glad to spend time in the world that s been lovingly created here After I finished off the first book in the series, I took the opportunity to read what some other popular review sites had to say about the Tensorate saga Just about every review had positive things to say about the novellas unique structure, compelling world building, and exploration of sexual identity and orientation So, I guess this series just isn t for me Certainly, The Red Threads of Fortune is my preferred of the two books Instead of compressing 35 years and two POVs into 160 pages, t After I finished off the first book in the series, I took the opportunity to read what some other popular review sites had to say about the Tensorate saga Just about every review had positive things to say about the novellas unique structure, compelling world building, and exploration of sexual identity and orientation So, I guess this series just isn t for me Certainly, The Red Threads of Fortune is my preferred of the two books Instead of compressing 35 years and two POVs into 160 pages, this novella focuses its scope and limits the story to Mokoya s rebellious grief in the wake of The Black Tides of Heaven s conclusion J Y Yang s story benefits from this focus as it makes the world building feelmanageable than the rapid fire pace of the first book.Surprisingly, this book s primary effort seemed to be to guide Mokoya through her grief It is all too often in fantasy and sci fi that characters will experience extreme trauma only to move on to their ultimate goal, but Yang has the interesting distinction of flipping that trope on its head Indeed, Mokoya s decision to hunt dragons on giant velociraptors often seems Sisyphean, and one reading of the novella would be that her actions are entirely motivated by her unspoken grief.I think, for me, there s a disconnect between the serious interpersonal subject matter that the characters encounter and giant velociraptors The juxtaposition between the real and fantastical often works in the genre because the reader is able to buy the world Again, it s really unfortunate that these books didn t do much for me, but I wouldn t let that deter you from your own reading I m almost positive that a lot of you will be head over heels for Yang s world and story Sadly, these first two novellas just aren t my cup of tea Even better than the first This is really a wonderful story of dealing with grief and learning that we re capable of changing even things that seem set in stone. ^READ EPUB ⇦ The Red Threads of Fortune ⇫ 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 of the story you can read its twin novella The Black Tides of Heaven, available nowFallen 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 loveOn 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