Phoenix Extravagant (Hardback)Yoon Ha Lee (author)
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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...
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 30 mm
Edition: 2nd edition
"An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee's masterful storytelling is sure to wow." -- Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *
"A powerful, deeply moving book that is a wonderful read, without question one of the best of the year." -- Every Book a Doorway * 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 * The Nerd Daily *
"An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident." -- Locus Magazine -- Liz Bourke * Locus Magazine *
"A gloriously imaginative silkpunk fantasy." -- SFX * SFX *
"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 -- Paul di Filippo * Locus Magazine *
"Yoon's story-telling is mesmeric." -- Starburst Magazine -- Ed Fortune * Starburst Magazine *
Named one of the best books of 2020 by Den of Geek. * Den of Geek *
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