The Black Tides of Heaven

The Black Tides of Heaven

J.Y.Yang / Jul 18, 2019

The Black Tides of Heaven The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique standalone introductions to JY Yang s Tensorate Series which Kate Elliott calls effortlessly fascinating For of the story you can read its twin n

  • Title: The Black Tides of Heaven
  • Author: J.Y.Yang
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  • The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang s Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls effortlessly fascinating For of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available now.Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children While Mokoya develThe Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang s Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls effortlessly fascinating For of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available now.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 , 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 At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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        JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, and two slated for 2018 and 2019 Their short fiction has been published in over a dozen venues, including Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons.In previous incarnations, they have been a molecular biologist a writer for animation, comics and games and a journalist for one of Singapore s major papers Currently they are a science communicator with Singapore s Agency for Science, Technology and Research A STAR.JY identifies as queer and non binary Find them online at jyyang or on Twitter as halleluyang.


    1. My Video Review:youtu/lGylZwlX2FkWow this was so good! I really liked the society and how everything was set up. Akeha was such a great character to read about, and I liked the dynamic between Akeha and Moko. Their abilities were awesome and I loved the magic system. The Slack was really cool and I liked that the twins could communicate through it instead of talking out loud when they wanted. Also, in this world, people do not immediately have a gender assigned to them. They confirm or don't whe [...]

    2. This was an excellent little novella. I read it all in one sitting. Even though it was short, the world building is rich. No words were wasted on infodumps, and the story and surrounding world was told organically.The characters were wonderful. Akeha especially, experiences a lot of growth over the course of these chapters. I did not like him at first. I thought he was a little closed minded, childish, too dependent on his sister, but his story grew and really made you care for him.The writing w [...]

    3. Y'all, this book. It's difficult to put into words how amazing this novella is. Within it is an expertly crafted world, built subtly but convincingly, complex characters, political strife that actually feels important, and an interesting magic system. Through this novella, Yang explores gender and sexuality: people in this world are born without a gender, and are thus referred to with they/them pronouns until they "confirm" as male or female - or stay genderless. The two main characters are twin [...]

    4. Tremendous and highly original fantasy novella, one of a pair starting a series. You know how loads of fantasy is set in a sort of not-Europe-but-really? This is set in a not-Asia, with Chinese, Japanese and Nepalese echoes rather than the standard German, Italian, Ruritanian. Beautifully delineated world, lovely social, political and magical development. And the gender! Kids are all 'they' until they pick a gender, which they can do aged three or sixteen or never. A default they for everyone. W [...]

    5. 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. This is, in part, due to the way that Yang has decided to roll out their Tensorate series. Instead of a novel, the series arrives on the scene in two novellas from Tor's novella imprint (which I've previously enjoyed). So, for being a brief read, the book covers a lot more ground that it's modest page count would suggest.The tale in The Black Tides of Heaven [...]

    6. Listen. There's basically a 100% chance that anything Kate Elliott calls "effortlessly fascinating" is going to be wonderful, so it's no surprise that this pair of novellas by J.Y. Yang are pretty close to perfect. Yang has crafted a meticulously beautiful fantasy world that cleverly melds science and magic together with a central sibling relationship that sustains the heart of both books. Much will surely be made of Yang's treatment of gender and sexuality, and any accolades on that score are w [...]

    7. This book is scheduled to be released on September 26, 2017, in conjunction with its companion novel, The Red Threads of Fortune. The author has stated that both are considered standalone novellas. This is a review of the ARC, received courtesy of Tor in exchange for an honest review.My review of The Red Threads of Fortune can be found here.***********************************************Actual rating: 3.5 starsThis series hooked me in right from the synopsis:- two novellas- written by a self-des [...]

    8. Akeha and Mokoya are the twin main characters of this story. They are the children of the Protector, a lady who holds sway over politics and much more in the land where they live, but their mother is scheming and manipulative and not someone to cross. As children they are given into the care of the Great Monastery and they're raised for most of their young lives there. Whilst they live there Mokoya discovers they have prophetic abilities, and together the twins wonder how to hide this so their m [...]

    9. I was really impressed with J.Y. Yang's The Black Tides of Heaven. This was a novella that felt like reading an entire novel because of everything that it covered. The world building was phenomenal, what they did with gender in this was fantastic, especially the entire coronation of picking the gender. I love books that are about siblings and that is one main reason why I loved this story. I like twin stories even more, so this book really delivered for me. A great little plot, an amazing world [...]

    10. 4.75 stars.JY Yang is now one of my favorite authors.When I read their novelette Waiting on a Bright Moon earlier this year, I knew I had to try their novella series. And The Black Tides of Heaven did not disappoint.It's the story of two twins, Akeha (whose PoV we follow) and Mokoya (who has with a prophetic gift). We follow them from their birth to the days of the revolution that is forever changing the Tensorate. The constant time jumps did prevent me from connecting to them sometimes, but I w [...]

    11. shoutout to the nicest person on for sending me her arc of part of this series which I have been excited to read for months and now must - gasp - actually read

    12. 3 stars because there was a lot to like. But lots of issues too: too many plot lines without enough connections and not really meant to be novella length I think.

    13. This was a quick read of a society where magic replaces technology yet politics still abound. I felt the story was slight, that it was created around the true message of gender fluidity, personal choice, and acceptance. While this is a very valid viewpoint, I still felt it was more preaching than telling a story. Still, it was well written for what it was, though heavy handed.In this society, people are gender neutral until they choose for themselves: male, female, or neither. Once the choice is [...]

    14. Very quick read as its a short TOR novella, but has alot of interesting ideas. Its a fantasy novel in setting, where the leader of the Empire (Protectorate) dominates the world, twins are born to her and sent to the Monastery. The world explores gender neutrality and the idea of choosing your sex/gender when you come into your skin. I felt the fantasy setting was really only used to explore this idea without really being a fantasy novel. The characters, the world building and action just seemed [...]

    15. Um mundo muito original, um estilo bem diferente daquilo que já li e muito criativo. Isso é o mínimo que posso dizer acerca dessa obra. Os conceitos apresentados são demais, as partes filosóficas. Mesmo sendo curtinho (eu particularmente prefiro embarcar em histórias mais longas), você consegue se apegar aos personagens (principalmente aos protagonistas) e sentir o peso das escolhas e das angustias deles. O livro não te explica muita coisa. Como é uma novela curta, a autora prefere te j [...]

    16. Oh my god, this was such a great book. I really liked the way Yang used gender in her world building, and the magic system was really unique (thought you could tell it borrowed a lot from Asian views on the classical elements).We all know that I don't care for romance, but I got so excited when the queer romance happened in this book. I think my reaction can be summed up in these two gifs:I guess this is why representation matters? Idk, but I'm super excited to read the next book after I read Oa [...]

    17. This was truly delightful. I think the only issue I had was that it was abbreviated where it could have been made into a truly moving story if it had a little more flesh on its bones. It worked really well as is, but I think it could have been superlative with a little more spaceNTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)[emotional abuse, torture, death of children(hide spoiler)]Things to love:-The take on gender. Hard to miss and hard not to love. A culture that does not force gender, and even postpones pube [...]

    18. It's rather mind-blowing to realize that this is just a novella. There is SO MUCH going on, and it's so beautifully and vividly rendered. Akeha and Mokoya are identical twins, living in a world of magic that feels very Asian but isn't anywhere in our own world. In this world, one comes into the world without a gender and is referred to by the pronouns they/them, until they declare which gender they choose, at which point they are then referred to by the matching gender pronoun. But Yang also sep [...]

    19. For the links and better readability, I suggest going to Just Love.I’ll organise this review by first writing about what concerns both books, like the fantasy world, writing style, and the concept of gender and transgender in this series, and then I will have a short look at both books individually. I’ll try to keep it manageable in length, promise.When I saw the covers in a tweet, I couldn’t but find out more about the books behind them. I read an interview with the author and was even mo [...]

    20. THIS WAS SO GOOD! HOT DAMNPeople are born with an undefined gender. Once they grow up and decide what gender they are they will be declared with means that they will use the masculine or feminine pronouns (instead of the neutral ones before their declaration), they will start to dress like their chosen gender and if necessary they will get a sex change. No questions asked. It's amazing how this world accepts everyone's gender whether or not they had the physical body of that gender or not.The st [...]

    21. Full review is here, on my blog. It's a review of both novellas.Guys. This is a beautifully told story, and I was sucked right in and gobbled it up in one go. It’s on the shorter side, obviously, as it is a novella, but it didn’t feel too short.In this volume we have twins, Mokoya and Akeha. This world is unique in that everyone is born genderless, and chooses their own gender as they grow up. This can happen anytime in their lives, really, as young as three and as old as, well, seventeen or [...]

    22. I wanted to love this so badly but I sadly didn't :( I enjoyed the characters and I thought that the way gender was approached in this novella was super interesting, but I felt like it lacked world building. I just didn't understand the world at all (nor the magic system, btw) which is why I spend most of the book feeling very confused, and I was therefore unable to immerse myself into the story and enjoy it. But this might be a giant case of 'it's me, not you' since I saw a lot of people loving [...]

    23. I must thank my lovely slump for if not for her, I would've read this book in a day instead of 17 :) ToTAnyways.e reviewumm, where do I start?"The saying goes, 'the black tides of heaven direct the courses of human lives.' To which a wise teacher said, 'But as with all waters, one can swim against the tide.'" I've been waiting this book to come out for ages, and when it finally did, it wasn't what I was expecting exactlybut I loved it. First, I must mention one of the most fascinating thing abou [...]

    24. The first novella of the Tensorate (chronologically speaking) is a whirlwind of world-building, establishing character and setting up political context. Akeha and Mokoya, inseparable twins, are political pawns: born purely so that their mother (the dictator of the Protectorate) can settle a debt. When Mokoya develops the gift of foresight, Hekate realises her error and summons them back to court - but the twins have no wish to be their mother's tools, and find themselves leaning towards dissiden [...]

    25. 'So great was the appetite of empire that it would not even spit out the bones.'FEEEELS. Akeha is my favorite from the twins and I just love the level of annoyed he is at all times.My favorite thing about The Black Tides of Heaven is the dynamic of the twins as they're written so well and realistic and go through such different but equally important character developments. What's more the worldbuilding in this is truly a wonder to behold: intricate, complex and yet simple which is why the openin [...]

    26. I really wish I had enjoyed it more than I did, but there's something about the pacing that didn't sit well with me at all. I found the world to be very interesting (and the gender aspect of it perhaps the most carefully done), but it didn't quite coalesce for me (the villain in particular seemed two-dimensional, and the sudden Oppenheimer only threw me). I had no emotional connection with any of the characters, perhaps except Mokoya.I might still check out the second volume if I see it on sale, [...]

    27. *3.5I feel like this needed more pages. Such a strong beginning, but then from about halfway onwards it felt rushed and lacking. The story itself is awesome and has so much potential, but I think Yang just should have used more words to fully make it come alive. Maybe the sequal will provide what I’m missing here.

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