The Black Tides of Heaven

The Black Tides of Heaven

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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?"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765395412
076539541X
Characteristics: 237 pages : map ; 21 cm

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forbesrachel Feb 21, 2019

In this first of a trilogy of debut novellas Jy Yang brings readers to a fantastical world which is based on several Asian cultures. The story of the two twins Mokoya and Akeha is told from the point of the of Akeha alone in the first book, and jumps to only relevant years in their lives. The development of this one twin is the central highlight of the novel, with the larger political events taking a backseat, although we get enough of a glimpse of that to understand the impact this is having on the world. The most notable thing in this short story is the idea that the people are born gender and sex neutral. It is only when they decide which gender that they want to be, that they have their bodies changed with Slack (their version of magic). This decision is a core part of Akeha's story, and adds another layer to their exploration of who they are with and without their twin.

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blacksmith_tb
Jan 31, 2018

Fun, though slightly less satisfying than Red Thread of Fortune (each of the twins is the focus of a novella, and their personalities have a lot to do with the overall arc of each story). Black Tides covers events from earlier on, so it might make slightly more sense to read it first.

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