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 more of the story you can read its twin novella The Black Tides of Heaven, available simultaneously.
Fallen 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 love.
On 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.
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127.00 x 203.20 inches , 224 Pages
"I love JY Yang’s effortlessly fascinating world-building for its layers and the seamless way it intertwines with her characters’ lives and choices. Pack in thrilling action and mysteries to be solved, and this novella heralds the opening of a great new universe of tales." —Kate Elliott, author of Black Wolves and Court of Fives
"Full of love and loss, confrontation and discovery. Each moment is a glistening pearl, all strung together in a wonder of world-creation.” — Ken Liu, Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner and author of The Grace of Kings and The Paper Menagerie
"An inventive fantasy from an exciting new talent, The Red Threads of Fortune will immerse readers in a fascinating world of battles, politics, magic and romance." —Zen Cho, author of Sorcerer to the Crown
"An epic, moving story of people fighting to protect their city. Filled with memorable characters and set in a wonderfully imaginative and original universe, this will leave you eager for more." —Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings
"JY Yang's strikingly confident debut novella The Red Threads of Fortune is a work of soaring, kinetic fantasy, like a Miyazaki movie decided to jump off the screen and sear itself into prose, and in doing so became something entirely new." —Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers
"The extraordinary creatures and landscapes of JY Yang's relentlessly captivating, heartbreaking, and powerful Tensorate series will sweep you up, while the vivid characters — especially Sanako Mokoya — will keep your heart earthbound and enthralled. I couldn't put these books down, and can't wait to pick them up again." —Fran Wilde, award-winning, Nebula & Hugo-nominated author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon