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Phoenix Extravagant

Yoon Ha Lee



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20 October 2020
Dragons. Art. Revolution.

Gyen Jebi isn't a fighter, or a subversive. They just want to paint.

One day they're jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government's automaton soldiers.

But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government's horrifying crimes-and the awful source of the magical pigments they use-they find they can no longer stay out of politics.

What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry's mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight...
By:   Yoon Ha Lee
Imprint:   SOLARIS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 237mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   585g
ISBN:   9781781087947
ISBN 10:   1781087946
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   20 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Yoon Ha Lee's novel Ninefox Gambit came out from Solaris in 2016 and quickly garnered massive critical acclaim and was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke, Hugo and Nebula Awards. It won the Best First Novel Award in the Locus Awards and the Reddit Fantasy Award. His story collection Conservation of Shadows was released by Prime Books in 2013. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.

Reviews for Phoenix Extravagant

An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee's masterful storytelling is sure to wow. * Publishers Weekly, starred review * Phoenix Extravagant is a book containing ruminations on imperialism, the function and sanctity of art, acculturation, and the morality of love. It also contains a bloody big and unexpectedly adorable mechanical dragon. -- Jonathan L. Howard, author of the Johannes Cabal books Fiercely original. -- Adrian Tchaikovsky Powerful. Unforgettable. This is another amazing piece of work, and I have the feeling I need to read it again to get it fully! -- Stephen Baxter ... a smart, thought-provoking book, and one which feels incredibly timely. * SciFiNow 4 star review * A story of art, love, human connection, the power of creation, colonialism, and the roles we all have to play in fighting oppression. -- Paul Weimer Phoenix Extravagant marks a different way of looking at Empire and power and living within, under, and against that than Lee's first novels, but no less a powerful one. A fantastic, brilliant undertaking. -- Waterstones Bookseller's Review A powerful, deeply moving book that is a wonderful read, without question one of the best of the year. * Every Book a Doorway * The emphasis on art and painting gives the writing a poetic quality, added to by the elements of magic and mythology, which shows the depth of Lee's research with a deft hand. * The Nerd Daily * An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident. * Locus * A gloriously imaginative silkpunk fantasy. * SFX Magazine * A lovely fantasy that eschews epic sturm und drang for small-scale challenges, full of tenderness, brutality, and quotidian living. -- Paul di Filippo, Locus Magazine Yoon's story-telling is mesmeric. * Starburst Magazine *

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