The Black Tides of Heaven

3.67
The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of standalone introductions to JY Yang 's Tensorate Series. For muc of the stories you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While his sister received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What 's more, he saw the sickness at the heart of his parent '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 to play a pawn in his wife 's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the troop. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?
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Published September 26th 2017 by Tor.com
Original Title of the Book
The Black Tides of Heaven
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236

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Exac Rating: 3.5The Black Tides of Heaven centers around a pair of twins, Mokoya& Akeha, as they navigate a complicated political landscape& constantly dodge the schemes set forth by their other, the Protector.It always excites me when I get the pportunity to read a fantasy story with nontraditional setting.

Now, this could very well be the point of novella, as I remember seeing that The Black Tides of Heaven& The Red Threads of Fortune can be read in either order.

Because there is a huge time leap around the alfway point, I got the sense of missing out on a lot of Akeha 's development.

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The two main haracters are twins who confirm as different genders, and the care Yang puts into pronouns is wonderful; there 's one beautiful scene where Akeha realizes that he is a gir, and the subtle change from they/them to he/him in the writing reflects this.

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There was a fair bit of focus on their time as children.

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Akeha was such a great villain to read about, and I liked the dynamic between Akeha and Moko.

The Slack was really cool and I liked that the twins could communicate through it instead of talking out loud when they wanted.

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There 's a lot of interesting ideas in J.Y Yang 's debut, The Black Tides of Heaven, but they are rarely given the requisite time to breathe.

I rather enjoyed this unique world that is distinc from other speculative novels which explore gender.

These are, by far, the most fleshed-out sections of the novel which offers a full spectrum of gender exploration.By contrast, the world that Yang has crafted is given the short-shrift.

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This short little novella manages to tick a lot of my boxes: sociological worldbuilding, a focus on sibling relationships, interesting social structures, musings on gender, and a language that just transported me along.This book focusses on Mokoya and Akeha, twin children of the throne of their country, how they are used as pawns in their mothers power machinations but also how they find their agency in a world that does not want to give them any.

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Regardless, there are great little tidbits and dense worldbuilding going on here and I had a pretty awesome time.

:) The tragedy was the best part for me, but I did appreciate the sociological slant on being a man and what has to be done to get or retain power in this particular setting.

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There 's some really cool world-building in the tiny bits and pieces it 's etailed, but it 's basically half the length of a trilogy, and there 's only half the amount of world-building there needs to be in order to provide the bare minimum amount of context.

Again, in half a novel there are two POV characters and 35 years worth of ground to cover.

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Even though it was lon, the world building is rich.

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