On the 21st of October I went to the big Kinokuniya bookstore in Takashimaya in Singapore to FINALLY meet the author JY Yang in person for their book signing!!
I’ve talked to them before for a while on ye ol’ twitters, so it was really nice to get to finally meet them in person. To make it official.
Even though these novellas came out at the same time, they can both be read as standalone works. But like the content, they are twins.
Blurb for The Black Tides of Heaven:
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 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 to play a pawn in his 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 his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?
Blurb for The Red Threads of Fortune:
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.
AS OF WRITING THIS POST I have not… read the books yet…………… I AM PLANNING TO ASAP…… I just have not read them yet…. 4give me senpai……
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There was a short reading from The Black Tides of Heaven, followed by a little Q&A which was mostly about how JY Yang started writing, and how to get published and the like. Which I expected from a local author to be honest, it’s hard to get published as it is but even harder as a local. Things are changing and things are happening, but it’s still hard.
JY Yang DID clear the air on the reading order, the answer of which is: whatever man. JY wrote Red Threads first so they feel like that is the first book, but Black Tides is being marketed as the first book. I’ll probably read Black Tides first heheh….
After all of that, there was a book signing!!
JY has this really neat mandarin monogram stamp that they said they got when they were like 12, 13? Something like that. And have never really had the opportunity to properly use it. And now they use it at book signings!! It suits the book AND looks super cool to boot.
SEE!?!?!!! SO COOL RIGHT?????????
The Kinokuniya website also had some photos of the event that had me in them… lol:
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Anyway, that’s my “report” of the day and you should support cool non binary authors of colour and read fun fantasy novellas.