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The Black Tides of Heaven (2017)

por JY Yang

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Séries: The Tensorate Series (book 1)

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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.… (mais)
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I’ve known about this series for a while now and having read the reviews, I felt intimidated because I thought it might be way too outside my comfort zone or maybe not my kind of writing style at all. But I also wanted to read it and appreciate it as much as others have. So when we decided upon this novella as our April BOTM for Stars and Sorcery book club, I was ecstatic and I devoured it as soon as I picked it up.

The major drawback of this book is it’s too short size. I know I have to read the next novella as well to get a full picture of the story, but it could have been so much more wonderful if it was longer. And I say this with all my heart because I loved it and just wanted more. The world building that we get is limited in the amount but so expansive in scope and described so beautifully that I felt myself immersed in it. The elemental magic system is both familiar and new, but I also wanted to see so much more of it in action. The East Asian elements in the culture, world building and philosophy were integrated very seamlessly and that was some of my favorite part of the book. And the way gender is handled is wow. I have personally never seen gender being undefined and chosen by every single person in any fantasy novel before, and I was amazed at the author’s brilliant idea and how this choice affects the paths of the characters in the story.

Akeha and Mokoya are great characters and it was fascinating to see the way their relationship change as the years went by and due to the choices they made, but I also wanted to get to know them better. Would have especially liked to know more about their lives without each other, their partners and their role in the rebellion which ends up being such an important part in the second half of the book, but which we only get glimpses of. The sibling relationship made me quite emotional, and I think it’s some of very good relationship arcs I’ve read in recent times.

On the whole, this was brilliant for what it was, but it did leave me wanting in the best possible ways. This is a world I didn’t wanna leave, and I know I’m gonna be binging the rest of the series very soon. If you are someone who loves unique fantasy worlds, I think you won’t be able to put this down just like me. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
The world is fascinating and the empire felt appropriately large. The pacing felt uneven and left me wishing the second half was longer.

I’m looking forward to the next book. ( )
  acdha | Aug 15, 2021 |
I'm likely not in the target audience for this book, so I'm tempering my review in that respect.

I didn't dislike the story/plot, but was wholly distracted by some writing decisions the author made, enough that it destroyed any other enjoyment I had. There are so many over wrought descriptions about the city of Chengbee that but the third version (something about the streets being intestinal maybe?), I was basically checked out within the first few chapters. In a large book, I could maybe have dealt with the same number of descriptions which call attention to themselves (Look at me! Look at how awesome and clever a description I am! Please love me!!), but not in a novella.

Similarly, the author spent way too much time in the thesaurus trying to come up with words for common things that it drove me to distraction. The character doesn't take a walk, the go for an ambulation, for example.

Just too many things driving me out of the narrative that I couldn't enjoy it. My brain was noting all these little things like that annoying friend that wants to to point out every little cool detail about their favorite movie when they share it with you. You spend the whole time constantly having to split your attention between the story and this constant chatter. Is that my fault? Maybe, except that so many areas of writing craft are about being invisible. The author and the editor should have caught these, and they didn't. ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
The worldbuilding had so much potential–children are non-binary theys until they decide a gender for themselves, the underclass use technology to rebel against the elemental magic of the elite–but it fell short. The plot’s broad strokes were compelling, but the dialogue and character motivations were undercooked. Chapters would begin 6, 10 years after the last, leaving too much to the imagination that could’ve (should’ve!) been rounded out with more worldbuilding detail. I was left wanting more. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
The worldbuilding in this book was amazing! I loved the magic system and the snippets of religion and I looked forward to picking it up every time. That being said, it felt like the character work was lacking. Although all the characters felt fascinating in their own right, the time-skips made it very difficult to get a proper feeling of progression. That being said, I'm still really looking forward to the next one! ( )
  Dreklogar | Jan 5, 2021 |
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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.

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